Kyabram Free Press
Sports grants available for clubs
Sporting clubs across the Goulburn Valley can apply for the second round of Sport Australia’s Participation Grant program.
A nationwide program aimed at keeping communities active, grants of up to $450,000 are available to organisations and clubs to help assist those managing the ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19.
Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said the $10.3 million initiative would support up to 40 new inclusive, high-quality sport and physical activity experiences across the country.
“COVID-19 has impacted so many Australians and sport continues to face ongoing challenges because of the pandemic,” he said.
“This program will deliver community-based participation programs to help tens of thousands of Australians get active and return to sport when it is safe to do so.
“Through this program, the Morrison Government is investing in innovative new participation programs that bring communities together and make them stronger, more resilient and active.
“The new round of funding follows the program's successful first round held in 2018-19 and 2019-20, which delivered 62 sport and physical activity programs.''
Projects previously funded include Touch Football Australia’s All-abilities program, which provided more than 1300 people with a disability the opportunity to participate in the sport, with 709 participants staying involved in touch football after completing a six-week program.
Gymnastics Australia’s Kindergym project reached more than 23,000 children aged five and over through state and territory associations and clubs, with more than 10,000 children continuing with gymnastics programs.
The Indigenous Marathon Foundation’s Deadly Running project provided 212 participants in four remote communities across Australia the opportunity to become qualified running coaches and deliver Deadly Fun Runs and Walks in their community.
Sport Australia acting chief executive Rob Dalton said participation in sport and being physically active was essential for building and maintaining a happy, healthy and connected nation.
“The Sport Australia Participation Grant Program will help more Australians enjoy the social, personal and health benefits participating in community sport and physical activity brings,” he said.
Applications close on Friday, October 8, and successful recipients will be notified in November.