The Andrews Labor Government is backing our rising sports stars – with applications now open for travel grants to help them take their skills to the next level.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP announced that applications have opened for the latest round of the Labor Government’s 2019/20 Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program.
The program helps emerging and high-performance Victorian athletes, teams, coaches and officials to realise their sporting potential through grants that remove the barrier of travel and accommodation costs.
The program recognises that in a country as large as Australia, athletes often have to travel significant distances, often at significant cost, to pursue their sporting dreams.
There are two categories of grants:
- Organisations recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria can apply for grants of up to $6000 for teams, or up to $1500 for individuals to travel to compete as a state representative athlete.
- Victorian sport and recreation clubs can apply for grants of up to $2000 for teams, and $750 for individuals, to travel to competitions or training that contribute to an athlete’s development within their sporting pathway. There is also funding available to assist coaches and officials to travel to events to carry out official duties.
Since the grants were introduced by the Victorian Government, they have supported 1,321 teams and individual athletes – to realise their sporting dreams.
Previous recipients of this grant in Northern Victoria include:
- Northern Zone Pony Club Association of Victoria Inc. in Kerang received funding to support their attendance at the Dressage and Show Jumping State Championships 2019
- Goulburn Valley Hockey Association received funding for members to travel to Shepparton for training sessions and Melbourne for competitions, plus more.
The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, and to encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Applications close 4 November 2019.
For further information on the program, visit:
Quote attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Growing up in the country, I know very well the significant time and distance travelling to training and events can be costly.”
“The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program is a great opportunity for athletes living in the Northern Victoria region; to progress from community to national representative level.”
“The Government recognises that these costs can often be prohibitive for individuals and families, therefore we are alleviating this burden through the Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program – and enabling our future champions pursue their dreams.”
“It’s just another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle – by making sport more accessible, welcoming and inclusive.”