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Apply for cash to spruce up your club

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Does your club need a spruce up?

If so, why not tap into the Victorian Government’s pledge to upgrade sporting complexes around the state through its 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastruc­ture Fund.

Last week Community Sport Minister Ros Spence announced applicatio­ns have opened for the fund, which assists communitie­s in gaining cutting-edge facilities to draw in numbers and promote healthier lifestyles.

“Investing in new and upgraded facilities means community clubs can support more players and host more events safely as we progressiv­ely re-open,” Spence said.

“We’re creating a level playing field and urge councils and sporting organisati­ons to think creatively about how they can support their communitie­s with innovative and inclusive facilities.”

The $27 million reserve fund is set to aid projects across five separate channels: indoor stadiums/aquatic centres, female friendly facilities, community sports lighting, community facilities, and planning.

A special focus has been placed on boosting participat­ion among women and girls.

In an attempt to entice women and girls into the sporting realm, the grant amount available to develop female friendly facilities has increased to up to $800,000.

It becomes part of a larger push to stimulate local economies while encouragin­g people to stay active and healthy as sporting clubs, leagues and associatio­ns slowly map out a return to play.

Additional­ly, the planning stream will support councils in developing projects to meet the changing needs of their communitie­s.

The most recent round of the Local Sports Infrastruc­ture Fund provided funding to 73 projects, part of a total $1.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government in the community sport and active recreation infrastruc­ture sector since 2014.

Clubs are advised to contact their local council to help with the Local Sports Infrastruc­ture Fund applicatio­n process.

▯ For more informatio­n or to apply online, visit sport. vic.gov.au

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