LOCAL sporting clubs have a chance to obtain lifesaving equipment and updated facilities, as applications opened for a range of funding streams.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan announced three grant programs were now open, including the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program, the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund and the Better Indoor Stadiums Fund.
“Sporting groups are often the lifeblood of country communities, providing not just a place to participate in sport but a community where people can belong,” Ms Ryan said.
“It takes a lot of hard work, volunteer hours and fundraising to keep clubs going, especially when new equipment or upgrades are needed.
“These grant streams are an opportunity for clubs to seek extra financial assistance, and I encourage all eligible clubs in the Euroa electorate to consider making an application.”
Ms Ryan said sporting groups would need to work with their local council to apply for funding.
“I know a lot of clubs across the Euroa electorate are seeking upgrades to their small stadiums, change rooms or clubrooms,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund also includes the $10 million Female Friendly Facilities program, with up to $100,000 available for those looking to build new facilities, or upgrade old ones, to cater for female players.
“Another need I hear often is for life-saving defibrillators at clubs and through the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program, clubs can apply for one of 400 defibrillators and training packages still available.
“I would be more than happy to provide letters of support for clubs making an application,” Ms Ryan said.
More information is available at www.sport.vic.gov.au.