Community sport across Greater Shepparton has been given a boost thanks to grants from the Victorian Government aimed at helping local leagues and associations ride out the coronavirus pandemic and come back ready to play.
Member for Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced five sporting leagues and associations will share in $35,500 funding approved for the region from the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package.
These grants will enable the following local leagues and organisations meet fixed costs to ensure they can remain operationally viable and provide a valuable boost for their clubs and membership – and it will also help them reactivate and safely operate at the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Goulburn Valley Football Umpires Association
- Shepparton & Districts Junior Football Competition
- Shepparton Junior Soccer Association Inc
- Shepparton Netball Association
Since the start of the coronavirus shutdown, the community sport and active recreation sector has suffered significant revenue losses, putting sporting associations, leagues and clubs at financial risk.
The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package is rolling out grants in four categories: grants of up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations; grants of up to $200,000 to smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; grants of up to $15,000 for associations and leagues; and grants of $1,000 for individual clubs.
There are now 200 local leagues and associations across the state who have scored a share in more than $1.4 million thanks to the Victorian Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package.
The grants are part of the Government’s strong investment in supporting community sport and active recreation in these challenging times.
The Victorian Government is also investing $68 million in shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, to stimulate jobs and economic activity, and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 Building Works package.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“These sporting leagues and associations are an integral part of our local community. The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package is helping the competition and clubs keep their eyes towards a return to play.”
“Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this crisis and come back better than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.”
“From supporting our local clubs and sporting associations, to investing in shovel-ready infrastructure projects— I am proud to be part of the Andrews Government that recognises the importance sport and recreation plays in building resilient and healthy communities.”