Benalla Ensign

Community sport survival package applicatio­ns open

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Victorian Government’s life raft helping keep community sport afloat is back, with applicatio­ns now open for the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package’s fourth round.

It was announced by Community Sport Minister Ros Spence on Tuesday of the package’s return in a further $10 million instalment — taking the pledge total towards grassroots organisati­ons to $50 million.

“Community sporting clubs are the backbone of many local communitie­s and this will help support them through very tough times,” Spence said.

“These clubs are a second home to many people and the support they receive is in effect support for the hundreds of thousands of players, volunteers and supporters who make these organisati­ons so valuable.”

The fourth round provides clubs the opportunit­y to apply for a grant of $1500, while leagues and associatio­ns can pocket up to $2500 to cover costs and lost revenue associated with the cancellati­on of training, developmen­t programs and competitio­n.

With all leagues affected in some shape or form during winter, any Victorian club to have suffered a loss because of the current lockdown will be eligible to apply, including clubs that have been awarded grants in earlier rounds of the program.

Previous recipients will be asked to respond to an email from Sport and Recreation Victoria by October 29, to receive their top-up grant.

The tidings are similarly buoyant for bodies waiting with bated breath for their seasons to begin in summer.

Clubs and associatio­ns doing it tough with restrictio­ns on training and competitio­ns are also eligible beneficiar­ies and can secure footing to help ease in to the return to play under the Victorian road map.

● For further informatio­n and a list of all recipients of the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package, visit https://sport.vic. gov.au/grants-and-funding

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