Grassroots sports clubs across Victoria are being urged to apply for a share of millions of dollars in funding available to buy equipment and uniforms, boost administrative skills and improve operations.
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today announced applications had opened for the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program.
The Victorian Budget 2020/21 added a further $6 million to the popular program, building on more than $1.8 million kicked in by the Government for more than 1,200 clubs across the state last year.
The grants provide clubs with up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers and up to $5,000 to improve club operational effectiveness. A COVID Recovery category is also being delivered that will provide up to $5,000 to help sports get back on their feet after the pandemic.
The grants will help people of all ages and abilities take part in grassroots sport no matter where they live and provide a great boost for clubs who are looking to get their operations back on track following a disrupted 2020.
Recipients in previous rounds of funding included the Benalla Hockey Association which won $1,000 to purchase new uniforms and first aid kits for junior teams and the Sunbury Football Netball Club which is receiving $5,000 to develop a strategic plan to identify priorities relating to membership, participation and promotion.
The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, stimulate local economies, build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities and increase local participation.
Since 2014, the Government has provided more than 4,950 sporting club with grants totalling more than $6.8 million.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence
“Coronavirus restrictions had a heavy impact on community sport and that’s why we’re proud to provide this support that opens up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.”
“We want community clubs to come back better than ever and this boost will go a long way towards helping clubs, coaches, athletes and officials get back in the game.”
“I encourage all local clubs to grasp this opportunity and I look forward to seeing even more local participants get their chance to take their sport to a new level.”
Reviewed 11 February 2021