Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron
Community Benefit From Grants No Small Matter
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron has announced $798,000 for 37 projects under the February 2010 round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants program.
The small grants, for projects under $150,000, open in February and July each year with a total annual budget of $1.5 Million ($750,000 in each round).
Basic grants of up to $50,000 are available on a one-third contribution basis of the total eligible project cost. The opportunity exists to get up to 50 % funding if the development bonus criteria are met, increasing the potential maximum grant to $75,000.
“Participation in sport and recreation plays a vital role in communities across Western Australia, making them stronger and safer places to live, and individuals happier and healthier in the process.” Mr. Waldron said.
“These grants ensure grassroots sport and recreation organisations can provide the context for communities to be active and reap the many benefits of participation both at an individual and community level, benefits that extend beyond what many may think.”
“For instance, there is strong, new research showing a positive link between children’s participation in physical activity and academic achievement, and sport and recreation also play an important role in improving mental health, reducing pressure on our hospital system and even crime prevention.” Mr. Waldron said.
The small grants round was introduced in July 2009 as part of a revamping of the CSRFF program. Changes to the program included a simpler and quicker application process, and were made to ensure money was spent on a wider range of sport and recreation projects.
The 37 successful applications for the February 2010 round of small grants included:
- Shire of Wandering – $49,340 – Upgrading of Wandering Oval;
- Shire of Busselton/Dunsborough Football Club Inc – $45,830 – Installation of Lighting at Dunsborough Playing Fields;
- City of Bunbury – $23,430 – Pool Hall Ventilation and Upgrading of Filtration System;
- City of Geraldton-Greenough/Spalding Park Tennis Club Inc – $13,891 – Resurfacing of three Acrylic Tennis Courts;
- City of Stirling – $10,450 – Construction of two Synthetic Practice Cricket Nets at Rickman/Delawney Reserve;
- City of Swan – $15,000 – Feasibility study for the Swan Park Leisure Centre;
- City of Wanneroo/Quinns Rock Sports Club – $18,405 – Lighting of a Bowling Green;
- Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley/Kununurra Motocross Club – $56,463 – Construction of an Ablution Block, Wash Down Bay and First Aid ambulance Station;
- Shire of Kent/Nyabing Sports Club Inc – $5,764 – Resurfacing of one Netball Court;
- Shire of Esperance – $18,865 – New backboards at Esperance Basketball Stadium;
- Shire of Leonora – $37,366 – Reconstruction of Multi-Purpose Court in Leonora;
- Shire of Carnarvon/Carnarvon Speedway Club Inc – $22,209 – Upgrading of Safety Fence;
- Town of Narrogin – $6,150 – Upgrading of Disability Facilities at Narrogin Leisure Centre.
The next round of grants opens in July 2010.