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

Applications close on 27 July 2018

Female Friendly Facilities Fund – closes 23 July 2018

The Female Friendly Facilities Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that assists local clubs and organisations to develop grounds, pavilions, courts and lighting to enable more women and girls to participate in sport and active recreation.

The fund aims to support local clubs and organisations, with grants of up to $500,000 for projects that encourage more women and girls to become active. All projects must ensure that women and girls have prioritised and equitable access to existing and new facilities.

Examples of potential projects that may be funded include:

  • New or redevelop existing change rooms to facilitate participants and officials that are women and girls
  • Sports grounds that facilitate women and girls participation
  • Multi-sport courts that facilitate women and girls participation
  • Sports lighting that facilitates women and girls participation
  • Upgrading existing grounds to improve capacity for women and girls participation.

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Closes 23 July 2018.

Victorian ‘Pick My Project’ Program Grants – closes 24 June 2018

Victorian residents are encouraged to submit ideas for projects that could benefit their community. Ideas could include sporting/recreation infrastructure/activities, community arts or culture projects, improvements to community facilities, and improvements to the local environment etc.

Projects can cost anything from $20,000 to $200,000.

Eligible ideas will be put forward for community voting. During voting, applicants will work with their networks and encourage their community to vote for their project. Local projects will be chosen by local residents. Communities will get to vote for the projects that they think are most important.

Complete all sections of the online application form and submit your project idea by Sunday 24 June 2018. Winning projects will be announced in September 2018.

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Change Our Game Scholarship Program

Change Our Game Scholarship Program will boost the number of women on boards and other leadership positions by providing a new pathway.

The scholarships are targeted at women already working in sport and recreation organisations, who have fewer opportunities to set up and lead due to the male dominated nature of sport.

This program seeks to break down this barrier.

Applications can be submitted by:
  • State Sporting Associations
  • State Sport and Recreation Bodies
  • Regional Sports Assemblies
  • Local Government Authorities.
In order to be eligible for a Change Our Game Scholarship, nominated candidates must:
  • Identify as a woman
  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Live in Victoria
  • Be currently involved in either a paid or volunteer capacity in sport
  • Apply through an organisation, not as an individual.

For more information please visit –

For advice on the Change Our Game Scholarship Program, please contact GippSport Staff member Michelle Harris on 0458 145 596 or email:

Latrobe Valley Authority – Sport and Active Recreation Strategic Planning Grants

The Sport and Active Recreation Strategic Planning Grants Program aims to strengthen and build robust, resilient, sustainable and inclusive sport and recreation organisations in the Latrobe Valley region.

Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA) recognise the role sport and active recreation plays in contributing to an ‘Active & Healthy’ region and these grants aim to assist local clubs and organisations improve their effectiveness and efficiency, build capacity, and identifying opportunities for the future.

A key focus for these grants will be to encourage the sport and active recreation sector to increase the opportunities for diverse and inclusive participation in all aspects of their organisation, including players, coaches, administration and leadership.

Applications will be open for two rounds in 2018:

  • Round 1, Applications Open – 26 February 2018, Applications Close – 23 March 2018
  • Round 2, Applications Open – 17 September 2018, Applications Close – 19 October 2018

No late applications will be considered.

For more information about the Latrobe Valley Sport and Active Recreation Strategic Planning Grants and how to apply:
Visit –
Or contact David Roberts on 0468 431 731 or email

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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