Yarrawonga Chronicle

Backing sport in time of need

-

The Victorian Government is boosting support for thousands of sports clubs, leagues and associatio­ns affected by public health restrictio­ns to curb the spread of the highly infectious Delta strain of coronaviru­s.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence last week announced that applicatio­ns were open for a $10 million fourth round of the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package – taking the package to support these key grassroots organisati­ons to $50 million.

The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package has to date provided a lifeline for more than 6,300 clubs, with a further 430 leagues and associatio­ns and 75 state sporting associatio­ns, organisati­ons and regional academies also supported.

All Victorian clubs that have suffered losses due to the current lockdown will be eligible to apply, including clubs that have been awarded grants in earlier rounds of the program.

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

Clubs and associatio­ns are doing it tough with restrictio­ns on training and competitio­ns and the new support will allow thousands of local clubs to move to a secure footing to return to play under the Victorian roadmap released last Sunday.

In the fourth round, clubs can apply for a grant of $1,500 and local leagues and associatio­ns $2,500 to cover costs and lost revenue associated with the cancellati­on of training, developmen­t programs and competitio­n.

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

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

 ?? ?? Many Victorian sporting clubs, leagues and associatio­ns may be eligible for funding through the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package.
Many Victorian sporting clubs, leagues and associatio­ns may be eligible for funding through the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia