LOCAL sporting clubs are being encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 in funding to start new social and modified sport programs.
As part of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants funding, community sport clubs can receive funding for more inclusive sport programs to get less active locals involved.
“Getting involved in sport doesn’t have to be competitive — you don’t have to be a star athlete to join in,” Minister for Sport John Eren said.
“We want our grassroots clubs to open more doors for everyone to get active, so encourage your local club to apply for a grant today.”
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said with increasing numbers of Victorians not doing enough physical activity to benefit their health, it was critical sports clubs were supported to provide more opportunities for people to get active.
“Our modern lifestyle is increasingly sedentary and less than a third of Australians are getting enough physical activity to be healthy,” Ms Rechter said.
“In particular women, people from disadvantaged communities and people with disability are more likely to be inactive and less likely to play sport.
“We know that too many people find sport intimidating and think that being active means you have play competitive sport, run a marathon or win a trophy.
“Our Active Club Grants program is about making sport fun, accessible and inclusive — we want everyone to have the opportunity to be active and healthy.
Special consideration will be given to applications from clubs in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage and communities recovering from natural disasters.
Clubs are encouraged to apply through the VicHealth website before applications close at 4pm on Friday, March 2.
For further information or to apply online, visit vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub