The Nationals member for Lowan and Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said the 2014/2015 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP) is now open for applications.
“The CFFP provides funding for a broad range of sport and recreation project and the new round of the CFFP open and encouraged clubs in the Lowan electorate to contact their local council to discuss their project proposals to be able to access funds,” Mr Delahunty said.
“A key objective of the Victorian Coalition Government is to develop healthy and active communities while supporting local economic activity initiatives. To achieve this goal, we need quality local infrastructure that encourages local people to participate in physical activity,” Mr Delahunty said.
The CFFP provides grants for planning and building new and improved facilities where communities meet, interact and participate in sport and recreation. Only Local Government
Authorities are eligible to apply directly for funding however local clubs are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations to their Council to register their interest in obtaining support.
CFFP funding is available under six categories:
· 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, regional and outer metropolitan locations.
· Minor Facilities – grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade local 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 – grants to fund initiatives that assess the future sport and recreation facility needs of local and regional communities.
“We are proud to continue extending our support for soccer in this round with the continuation of the Soccer Facilities category, which was introduced last funding round,” Mr Delahunty said.
“These are just some of the ways we are working with stakeholders and Victorians to deliver on our strategy to grow the economy, build infrastructure and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the State.”
“As well as the health and sporting benefits created through the CFFP, we are also helping to stimulate local economies and create jobs throughout the construction and management of facilities,” Mr Delahunty said.
For more information about the Community Facility Funding Program, please visit www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/sport/sport-facilities/community-facilities