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Cash for local sporting clubs

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging local clubs and sporting associations to put their hand up for a share in the state government’s $40 million community club and association program.

The program, known as the Victorian Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package, aims to assist local sporting associations, leagues and clubs to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Mr O’Brien said local sports would no doubt play a crucial role in assisting recovery for both the physical and mental toll of the coronavirus restrictions.

“Gippsland South is full of sporting enthusiasts, whether that’s participating or spectating, and I know a lot of people have really struggled with its absence from our community, myself included,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I am hoping some of this money will be used locally to get these sporting clubs and organisations up and going again.”

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for funding in four categories, with grants available for amounts:

  • Up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations;
  • Up to $200,000 for smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies, and other state sport and recreational bodies;
  • Up to $15,000 for associations and leagues; and
  • Up to $1,000 for individual clubs.

Applications are open now and will be accepted until 15 June 2020, or until the funding allocation is exhausted.

“These grants are likely to be snapped up fast so I am encouraging our local organisations to get their applications in as soon as they can.

Mr O’Brien said he was happy to provide a letter of support for any eligible applications within Gippsland South. Requests for support should be directed to danny.obrien@parliament.vic.gov.au or by phone on 5144 1987.

For further information about eligibility and a copy of the application guidelines visit [sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding]sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging local sports clubs to apply for state government support funding.

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