GRANTS are now open for local sporting clubs to create new opportunities to get communities active and healthier.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp has welcomed the new round of the VicHealth's Active Club Grants program and is encouraging local sporting clubs across Northern Victoria to apply for the funding.
Community sports clubs can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to create more opportunities for indigenous Victorians, women and girls, people with a disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from remote communities or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Funding can be used to create a social or modified sport option to cater to people with disabilities and limited mobility.
As well as provide uniforms, coaching staff and equipment to enable more people across Northern Victoria – regardless of gender, skills or ability— to become more active and improve their health.
“Research shows that we are leading more sedentary lives which increases the risk of developing chronic illnesses or injuries,” Mr Gepp said.
“We want everyone to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their age, gender or ability.
“I encourage all our hardworking clubs in the Northern Victoria region to take this opportunity to apply for a grant – so we can support you to deliver new opportunities for people to get active.”
Clubs applying for the grant funding can also indicate if they would like to be considered for an additional $2000 grant to promote This Girl Can - Victoria to encourage women in their local community to get active.
For further information or to apply online, visit vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/active-club-grants
Applications close on February 24.