Grants and awards Sport and Recreation | February 05, 2019

VicHealth Grants available to help local sport clubs

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy is encouraging local sporting clubs to apply for a share of $500,000 in funding available under the VicHealth Active Club Grant program 2018-19.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to clubs, with a continuing focus this year on increasing female participation or offering a social or modified sports program to appeal to a wider audience.

Clubs can also apply for an additional $2,000 grant to promote the This Girl Can – Victoria campaign to women in their community.

Research shows that female participation levels in sporting clubs is much lower than males due to a lack of suitable opportunities and difficulty prioritising physical activity over other commitments like family, education and work.

VicHealth will also fund clubs who demonstrate how a social or modified program will attract more people to become regularly physically active.

“Getting involved with a sports club has great social and health benefits for men and women”, Ms Kealy said.

“These grants are designed to help our local clubs increase participation and support the long held position of The Nationals that we need to get more people more active, more often.

“Sporting clubs are crucial to maintaining community well-being and it’s important that we find ways to keep participation numbers high.”

Applications close 4pm on Friday, 8 March 2019.

For more information or to lodge an application visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub.

Sporting clubs wanting to apply for these grants can contact Ms Kealy’s office on 5382 0097 or email emma.kealy@parliament.vic.gov.au to arrange a letter of support.

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