The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Damian Drum was joined by candidate for Bendigo East Greg Bickley last week and local sporting clubs at Woodbury Bowling Club to launch the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 million Local Facilities for Local Clubs Program.
The program rewards innovative community clubs and organisations with dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $50,000 for small sport and recreation facility projects.
“This program is a game-changer for local sporting clubs, acknowledging the hard work of volunteer administrators by providing financial support for small facility projects that make a big difference to local people,” Mr Drum said.
“The program recognises and rewards those sport and recreation clubs which may be able to source materials or have qualified tradespeople such as electricians or plumbers provide in-kind support to projects, so that clubs can get important upgrades to their facilities.
“We want to unlock the capacity of local clubs themselves to deliver sporting infrastructure, in particular the capacity of local sports communities to provide in-kind labour and materials towards a project.”
Mr Drum encouraged community clubs and communities looking to redevelop or upgrade their local facilities to contact their local council to discuss their potential project.
Local Councils can apply for up to $50,000 towards two projects. Each project can have a total project cost up to $150,000. Applications close on Monday 15 September 2014.
Funding is available for upgrades to new or existing sport and active recreation infrastructure which increases or maintains sport and recreation participation.
“We’re proud to invest in a program that promotes the importance of inclusive partnerships between clubs, local and state government, whilst generating additional economic activity in local communities,” Mr Drum said.
“It’s the Napthine Government that understands community sport, and it’s only the Napthine Government that can implement programs that make a real difference to local sport.”
Since December 2010, the Coalition Government has approved over $84 million of funding for 615 community sports facility projects, leveraging over $433 million for grassroots sport.
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