Littleproud says sport grants available to boost country clubs

What sport facility do we need. Or, do we have a facility that is a bit tired and needs a lift?

Maranoa MP David Littleproud wants your sports group to apply for $29.7 million in Federal Government funding to improve local sports facilities.

“I encourage all local community sporting groups to apply to upgrade their sports facilities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The grants range right up to $500,000. I want our local communities to have good sports grounds, courts and pavilions.”

Eligible applications must come from not for-profit organisations. The projects will be assessed against three selection criteria including community participation, community need and project design and delivery.

“These grants give the chance to improve playing surfaces, expand and upgrade change rooms, improve lighting and upgrade pavilions,” he said.

“Better sports facilities encourage more local people to play and watch sport. Sport is fun, a great way to meet new people and there’s nothing like the vibe in town when our team makes the final. So I’m keen to see as many community groups as possible apply for funding.”

Mr Littleproud said even small projects could have a big impact on boosting local business and social interactions in the community.

“Many sporting facilities serve as a hub for broader community activity. This is really important in our bush communities as the facilities bring people together and allow them to socialise,” he said.

The program will be managed by Sport Australia, the Federal Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity.

Applications for the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program close September 14.

For more information on the program’s guidelines, check out: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/community_sport_infrastructure_grant_program