Local clubs including Warrnambool Wolves Football Club, Merrivale Cricket Club, Warrnambool Cycling Club and Portland’s Westerns Football Netball Club are set to benefit from a State Government grant program.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced 12 grants of $1,000 have so far been approved in Victoria’s south west from the Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package.
These are the first grants from the Labor Government’s $40 million community sport package that will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers as Victorians start to train together again and look to a return to competition.
The successful clubs are:
- Caramut Football Netball Club
- East Warrnambool Football Netball Club
- Heathmere Football Netball Club
- Merrivale Cricket Club
- Port Fairy Football Netball Club
- Portland Soccer Sports and Recreation Club Inc
- Tyrendarra Football Netball Club
- Warrnambool Cycling Club Inc
- Warrnambool Rangers Football Club Inc
- Warrnambool Wolves Football Club Inc
- Wesley CBC Cricket Club
- Westerns Football Netball Club
Sport and active recreation clubs and associations have been hit hard by the coronavirus shutdown and these grants are a key part of the Government’s investment in supporting the community in these challenging times.
With more than three million Victorians involved in community sport and recreation, we know that getting back on the field or court is important to Victorians – that’s why we are getting behind 12,000 clubs and associations across the state.
The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package has four categories: grants of up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations; grants of up to $200,000 for smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; grants of up to $15,000 for associations and leagues; and grants of $1,000 for individual clubs.
Applications will be accepted until 15 June 2020, or until the funding allocation is exhausted. For further information and directions on how to apply, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.
The Government is also getting on with shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, investing $68 million to stimulate jobs and economic activity and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 billion Building Works package.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Community sport is an integral part of our community and this support will help them pay the bills and make an eventual return to play that little bit easier.”
“Ensuring community sport and active recreation organisations survive this crisis and come back better than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.”
“We know that people want to get out and represent their local club more than ever – we’re working hard to make that happen and give local clubs here in Western Victoria the help they deserve.”