The Nationals Member for Lowan and Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty is reminding community sporting groups and recreational organisations in the Lowan electorate that the 2011 Country Action Grant Scheme will be closing soon.
“The Country Action Grants aim to increase the skills of coaches, officials and mangers and improve the accessibility and operational capacity of community sport and recreation organisations,” Mr Delahunty said.
“The grants are open to clubs, organisations and community groups that deliver sport and active recreation programs.”
Mr Delahunty said non-government, not-for-profit and registered organisations may apply and such things to be funded could include the preparation of a business plan, the development of policy and procedure manuals or a website.
Mr Delahunty said other items to be funded could include initiatives to improve the skills of club members through provision of training for coaches and officials, administration staff and management committee members such as participation in courses for coaching, umpiring accreditation or First Aid.
Funding was also available for initiatives to increase community participation by providing accessible sport and active recreation. Priority will be given to projects involving people with a disability, women, Indigenous people, school0aged children, culturally and linguistically diverse people and older adults.
Preference will be given to projects involving collaboration between community organisations; involving residents of areas identified as disadvantaged; and applications from bushfire or flood affected areas.
“As the Minister for Sport and Recreation I would like to see more people more active more often and Country Action Grants provide assistance to sport and recreation groups to help increase participation,” Mr Delahunty said.
Applications close 7th October, 2011 and further information is available online at www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au or by phoning the DPCD grants information line on 1300 366 356. Application forms are available from Mr Delahunty’s offices at 114 Firebrace Street, Horsham telephone 5382 0097 or 44 Gray Street, Hamilton telephone 5571 9800.