Kyabram Free Press

Victorian Aboriginal Sport Participat­ion Grants available

- By Liam Nash

The next Cathy Freeman, Patty Mills or Lionel Rose could well be nestled in the Goulburn Valley – and now the Victorian Government is providing a platform for the region to nurture their budding sporting careers.

Round two of the 2021-22 Aboriginal Sport Participat­ion Grant Program is now live, supporting First Nations Victorians to cover the cost of uniforms, equipment and travel to participat­e in events.

More than $87,000 is available to promote sport among First Nations communitie­s, with Community Sport Minister Ros Spence announcing the second round’s opening on Monday.

“This program has already made an incredible difference by supporting Aboriginal Victorians to get involved with local sport – creating healthier, happier and more united communitie­s,” Spence said.

“I encourage community sporting clubs, Aboriginal organisati­ons, local participan­ts, volunteers and passionate communitie­s to take advantage of this opportunit­y and support the next generation of Aboriginal champions.”

A threshold has been placed on what teams can apply for; up to $1500 for participat­ion in state or national sport carnivals, $1000 for uniforms and equipment and $750 for travel and accommodat­ion expenses.

Designed to stimulate sport — and its widespread benefits — in First Nations communitie­s, the program has handed out 128 grants totalling more than $138,000 to Aboriginal community organisati­ons, clubs and individual­s across the state since the start of the program in 2020.

“Sport is a wonderful part of Victorian life and we want everyone to have the chance to get involved and progress through the ranks,” Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gabrielle Williams said.

“The benefits of sports participat­ion extend beyond the individual and enrich the community.”

● To apply for a grant, visit sport.

 ?? ?? Get a leg up: The second round of the Aboriginal Sport Participat­ion Grants Program is live.
Get a leg up: The second round of the Aboriginal Sport Participat­ion Grants Program is live.

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