Sport and Recreation

Funding to build new sports facilities on offer

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien had today encouraged councils and community organisations in his electorate to apply for funding through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to upgrade and build new sporting facilities.

Mr O’Brien said the program aimed to provide high-quality and accessible community sport and recreation facilities to the Gippsland sporting community.

“Applications are now being accepted for grants across seven different categories that include funding for planning, building new and improving existing facilities where communities conduct organise and participate in sport and recreation,” Mr O’Brien said.

“One category, the Female Friendly Facilities fund, offers grants of up to $100,000 to build and upgrade change rooms, to ensure female players have access to adequate facilities.

“With more women than ever participating in community sport, it’s vital to ensure that they have access to toilets and change rooms that meet their needs.

“This grant stream enables community organisations to apply for funding to upgrade facilities for their female members so they are in line with those that their male counterparts have access to.”

Mr O’Brien said grant applications were now open across the following categories:

  • Better Pools - Grants of up to $3 million to build new or upgrade existing aquatic centres;
  • Major Facilities - Grants of up to $650,000 to develop or upgrade major sport and recreation facilities;
  • Small Aquatic Project - Grants of up to $200,000 to upgrade pools and aquatic leisure facilities;
  • Minor Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade local sport and recreation facilities;
  • Cricket Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade cricket facilities;
  • Planning - Grants of up to $30,000 to fund initiatives that assess the future sport and recreation needs of local communities, and up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives; and
  • Female Friendly Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 to build new or upgrade existing change rooms to prioritise female participation.

Mr O’Brien said more information was available at http://www.sport.vic.gov.au/community-sports-infrastructure-fund or by contacting his office on 5144 1987.

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