Grants up for grabs

Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas is encouraging sports clubs and associations to apply for grants. He is pictured with a local sports group before the Covid-19 crisis.

By Brendan Rees

It’s been a tough year for community sports but the State Government is ramping up its support by offering grants of up $2000.

Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas announced applications had open for associations and leagues to apply for up to $2000 and $1000 for clubs through its Community Sport Sector Covid-19 Survival Package.

State sporting associations and sporting bodies are also able to apply for grants to support their operational viability.

Also, clubs that received a $1000 boost in the first round can expect a $500 top up, and leagues and associations funded in the first round can expect a $1000 top up, within the next two weeks.

The first round of funding rolled out more than 5000 of the $1000 grants to support individual clubs, with 200 leagues and associations securing a share in $1.4 million as well as almost 70 state sporting associations, regional academies and sport bodies scoring more than $12.7 million through the program.

Successful recipients in Narre Warren South included Berwick Springs Cricket Club, Berwick Springs Football Netball Club, Hampton Park Bowls Club, Hampton Park Tennis Club, Hampton Park Basketball Association, Hampton Park United Sparrows Football Club, and Narre South Cricket Club.

“We’re all looking forward to when local sports can safely return. It will be a real boost to our area and I hope this funding helps these clubs get through this difficult time,” Mr Maas said.

Round one applications close on 21 September and round two applications close on 16 October.

To apply, visit https://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding 

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