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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Bass Coast Community Grants – next round closes 4 August 2017

The Community Grants Program supports not-for-profit organisations to present a variety of projects and activities which enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic development of the community. There are 3 categories of funding:

  • General Community Grant
    Up to $5,000 for equipment or other projects – to assist community groups with equipment, activities and promotion.
  • Festivals, Celebrations and Events Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 – to support community groups to run local community events.
  • Minor Capital Works Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 – to fund small-scale recreation reserve or community infrastructure developments.

Round Two closes 4 August 2017

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Better Indoor Stadiums Fund – closes 16 August 2017

The Better Indoor Stadiums Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that helps provide indoor multi-sports stadiums across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.  The fund assists in meeting the community demand for indoor sport and recreation participation opportunities.

Indoor multi-sports stadiums are indoor facilities that are purpose-built for traditional indoor sports such as badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball.  In addition, these facilities can also be used for a range of other physical activities including futsal (indoor soccer), table tennis, gymnastics, calisthenics and dance, as well as community based programs and local and regional sporting events.

Only local government authorities can apply directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria for funding of up to $3 million from this program. Community organisations are advised to contact their local council to further discuss project proposals.  Councils may auspice projects on behalf of community organisations.

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Baw Baw Shire Community Development Grants – opening June 2017

Community groups located within the Baw Baw shire are invited to submit an application for the 2017 Community Development Grants Program. Applicants can apply for funding to support their project across three categories including: Environment, Youth, Community Events and Programs, Minor Capital Works.

Applications can be made via the SmartyGrants online management system at

Applications are open from May 2017.

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Community Safety Fund grants – closes 14 July 2017

The Community Safety Fund grants provides funding of up to $10,000 for communities in Victoria to implement locally based crime prevention solutions. Victorian councils and community groups are eligible to apply. For sports clubs, this could include applications for security fencing, alarm systems for club rooms, security lighting and secure locks and gun safes.

Closes 14 July 2017.

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