Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty
Funding Now Available For Local Sport And Recreation Facilities
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty today announced the 2013/14 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP) is now open for applications and encouraged local sport and recreation clubs to contact their local council to discuss their project proposals in order to apply for funds.
The CFFP provides funding for a broad range of community sport and recreation projects. Projects eligible for funding include building and upgrading swimming pools, sports pavilions, change rooms, sports lighting, shared trails and playspaces.
“A key objective of the Victorian Coalition Government is to develop healthy and active Communities.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“To achieve this goal, we need quality community facilities that encourage local people to participate in the activities they love as well as providing a social hub, particularly in regional areas.”
The CFFP provides grants for planning and building new and improved facilities where communities meet, interact and participate in sport and recreation. The program has six categories which include:
- Better Pools – grants of up to $3 Million to build new or upgrade existing aquatic centres.
- Major Facilities – grants of up to $650,000 to develop or upgrade major sport and recreation facilities.
- Seasonal Pools – grants of up to $200,000 to upgrade seasonal pools in rural and regional Victoria.
- Minor Facilities – grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade community sport and recreation facilities.
- Soccer Facilities – grants totalling $100,000 for up to two projects are available to upgrade existing and construct new facilities.
- Planning – up to $30,000 for local initiatives and $50,000 for regional initiatives that assess the future sport and recreation facility and participation needs of local communities.
Local Government Authorities are eligible to apply directly for funding however local clubs are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest Form to their council to register their interest in obtaining a grant for the Minor Facilities and Soccer Facilities categories.
Mr. Delahunty welcomed the addition to the program of a funding category devoted entirely to upgrading soccer infrastructure.
“This new addition recognises the growing importance of grassroots soccer in the Victorian sporting landscape.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“Through the CFFP we are helping build more sustainable local sport and recreation clubs that gives more opportunities for local communities to get active.”
“In addition to the CFFP the Coalition Government is also supporting football and netball clubs through the Country Football Netball Program which assists football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring associations develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations.”
“As well as the health benefits, we are also helping to stimulate the local economy and create jobs throughout the construction phase.” Mr. Delahunty said.