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 $4.6million 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.
■For more information or to apply online, visit sport.vic.gov.au