Sport and recreation organisations in Donald will be able to get more locals involved in physical activity, thanks to a boost in Brumby Labor Government funding.
Announcing the second phase of funding from the 2010 Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent, the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs, James Merlino, said the grants helped strengthen grassroots sport and recreation organisations within rural and regional communities.
“These grants help organisations operating at the local level to gain new skills and make physical activity more appealing to people in the community,” Mr Merlino said.
“The Country Action Grant Scheme funds projects which assist organisations to operate more effectively, support attendance at relevant training courses, and help organisations provide accessible sport and recreation opportunities for the local community.
“Victalent grants contribute to travel costs for officials, coaches, athletes and teams who travel extensively in order to train and compete,” Mr Merlino said.
Successful organisations will receive up to $5000 through the Country Action Grant Scheme and/or one or two Victalent grants of $500 for travel assistance.
Mr Merlino said 117 projects would benefit from funding of more than $180,000 in the second phase of the 2010 grants programs. This funding is additional to the 2010 first phase funding of more than $174,000 announced in December 2009.
In Donald, grants of $500 will fund:
- Donald Hockey Club’s travel costs
- Donald Netball Club’s travel costs
- Jeffcott Cricket Club’s travel costs
Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad said the programs recognise the important role local sport and recreation organisations play in creating physical activity opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
“Our Go for your life campaign aims to get more Victorians off the couch and more involved in their own community,” Ms Broad said.
“Creating more accessible sport and recreation opportunities is a great way to get more Victorians involved in physical activity.”
For further information on the grants visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au