Clubs urged to ap­ply for lat­est round of grants

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Sports clubs in North­ern Vic­to­ria will be able to up­grade equip­ment and ex­pand coach­ing skills, thanks to more fund­ing through the Sport­ing Club Grants Pro­gram.

State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp last week en­cour­aged ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­cal clubs for the next round of the $4.6 mil­lion Sport­ing Club Grants Pro­gram.

‘‘I en­cour­age North­ern Vic­to­ria clubs to make the most of this sup­port and ap­ply on­line now for new uni­forms, bet­ter equip­ment or train­ing for their coaches,’’ Mr Gepp said.

‘‘The pro­gram de­liv­ers on the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s work to make it eas­ier for all Vic­to­ri­ans, no mat­ter where they live, to play the sports they love.

‘‘We’re mak­ing sure our clubs in North­ern Vic­to­ria are as strong as pos­si­ble— that’s what these grants are all about.’’

The Sport­ing Club Grants Pro­gram gives clubs the chance to se­cure grants of up to $1000 to buy new team uni­forms or equip­ment, while grants of up to $2000 are available to ex­pand the skills of coaches and of­fi­cials.

Clubs can also re­ceive up to $5000 for ini­tia­tives that strengthen their op­er­a­tions and grow their mem­ber­ship.

‘‘Giv­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors and vol­un­teers op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove their skills will also give our clubs the edge to make sure that they’re sus­tain­able go­ing for­ward,’’ Mr Gepp said.

There are also grants to sup­port travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs dur­ing a 12-month pe­riod for ath­letes, coaches, of­fi­cials or teams that are re­quired to travel to train or com­pete — whether it’s their lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion or an Abo­rig­i­nal sport­ing fes­ti­val.

The new Abo­rig­i­nal Par­tic­i­pa­tion cat­e­gory is specif­i­cally work­ing to break down bar­ri­ers and make it eas­ier for Abo­rig­i­nal Vic­to­ri­ans to get in­volved in grass­roots sport.

Al­ready, the pro­gram has pro­vided more than $2.8 mil­lion to more than 2000 sport and ac­tive recre­ation or­gan­i­sa­tions across the state.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for round six are now open un­til Jan­uary 24.

Ap­ply now: State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp is en­cour­ag­ing clubs to ap­ply for fund­ing from the next round of the $4.6 mil­lion Sport­ing Club Grants Pro­gram.

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