Sporting clubs in Northern Victoria can now apply for a share in around $500,000 in VicHealth funding to get more Victorians active and playing sport.
The latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, which open today, provides funding of up to $3,000 or up to $10,000 to community sport clubs to create more opportunities for women and girls to play sport as well as social or modified sport options.
Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria encouraged local clubs to apply for the funding to help them create more opportunities for regional residents to become more active and improve their health.
Acting VicHealth CEO Dr Lyn Roberts AO said with nearly half of all Victorians not doing enough physical activity to benefit their health it was critical that sporting clubs were supported to offer more opportunities to get people moving.
“Sports clubs are at the heart of their communities, providing opportunities for people to have a go at sport while also being social and connecting with others,” Dr Roberts said.
“We know costs can be a burden – particularly for grassroots clubs. Active Club Grants can help cover the start-up costs involved in establishing new initiatives, including uniforms, equipment and instructor training.”
“Victorians love our sport but it can be really intimidating to give it a go, especially if you’re a newbie. These grants can help sports clubs across Victoria offer more social options that are less competitive so that everyone can take part.”
Clubs applying for Active Club Grants funding can also request an additional $2,000 grant to promote VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign to encourage women in their local community to get active.
Clubs are encouraged to apply for the funding grants through the VicHealth website before round one closes at 4pm on Friday 30 August 2019.
For further information or to apply online, visit https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/active-club-grants.
Quote attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“This is about making grassroots sports more accessible to regional Victorians, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love,”
“We want everyone to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their age, gender or ability.
“Our local clubs work hard to improve the health of our community. I encourage clubs to apply for a grant so we can support you to get more people active.”