LVA Participation Initiative Grants

The Latrobe Valley Sport and Active Recreation Participation Initiative provides seed grants of up to $75 000 with the key objective of increasing participation rates for targeted population groups that are currently under represented in sport and active recreation in the Latrobe Valley, which incorporates the Wellington Shire, Latrobe City and Baw Baw Shire.

This participation initiative encourages the development of strategic partnerships to co-design and deliver innovative community projects that increase and sustain inclusive participation in both organised and informal sport and active recreation in the Latrobe Valley.

Guidelines and more information is available online at https://lva.vic.gov.au/participation-initiative-grants/

Applications close on 27 July 2018

The World Game Facilities Fund – closes on 30 May 2019

The World Game Facilities Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that assists local football (soccer) clubs and organisations to upgrade existing or develop new facilities across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The fund aims to support local football (soccer) clubs and organisations, with grants of up to $250,000 for projects such as lighting, pitch redevelopments, synthetic pitch developments and unisex accessible change rooms.

Football (soccer) projects that could be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • outdoor multi-sport playing surfaces – new and/or improved surfaces that increase use or safety
  • unisex accessible change rooms
  • outdoor sports lighting that improves participation opportunities and safety
  • projects that result in energy or water efficiency, such as warm season grass conversions.

Clubs and associations can apply for funding by submitting an Expression of Interest to their local council and this should be discussed and completed as soon as possible. 

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Latrobe Valley Authority – Community Facility Fund

The Victorian Government has established a Latrobe Valley Community Facility Fund  to support projects that will improve the amenity and liveability of the Latrobe Valley.  In particular, projects that will bring people and jobs and improve the life of community members will be well regarded.

The aim of the Fund is to facilitate civic renewal that will help to make the Latrobe Valley a great place to live and work and to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live here

One of the funding streams – Active Latrobe Valley (Stream 4) – is relevant to sports clubs. This program stream will support projects designed to make communities a healthier place to live, concentrating on sport and recreation, including open space improvements for families, residents and visitors to enjoy. Supported projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Parks, playgrounds and passive recreational area development;
  • Recreational precinct upgrades;
  • Sporting facilities and precincts;
  • Rail trails and walking tracks; and
  • Bicycle paths.

Active Latrobe Valley will provide up to $1 million for projects under this stream.

Please note that all projects will be required to be endorsed/supported by the relevant Local Government Authority.

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Country Football Netball Program – closes 3 June 2019

The Country Football and Netball Program provides funding to assist country football and netball clubs, associations and umpiring organisations to develop facilities in rural, regional and outer metropolitan locations including: change room facilities for players and umpires of both genders; development or upgrading of football playing fields; development or upgrading of netball facilities; and development or upgrading of lighting facilities.  Clubs and associations can apply for funding by submitting an Expression of Interest to their local council and this should be discussed and completed as soon as possible. 

Up to $100,000 is available and applications close on 3 June 2019 with the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Emergency: sporting and recreational equipment – ongoing

These grants provide assistance to grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations to replace essential sporting or first aid equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of fire, flood, significant storm event, theft or criminal damage.

Funding up to $2,000.

Applications are ongoing and accepted up to three months after the loss of damage.

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Wellington Shire Council Quick Response Grants – always open

Minor Community Events

Applications will be considered for events that celebrate the community, or aspects of culture and identity. Applicants must aim to bring the community together to actively engage them in an event or activity. ($0-2,000)

Minor Community Projects

Applications will be considered for projects that fulfil a demonstrated community need, or benefit to the community ($0-2,000)

Minor Community Facilities

Applications will be considered for minor capital works projects and maintenance on community facilities. Playing surface improvements and lighting projects are also considered to be capital works items. Built in or fixed equipment may also be considered for funding. This does not include portable items. ($0-2,000)

Individual Sponsorship

Provides assistance to allow individuals to participate in activities and events as representatives of the Wellington Community. Successful applications will be able to demonstrate a community benefit that will be achieved by sharing information and skills learnt through their experiences. ($0-$500)

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