The first round of the state government’s emergency sports equipment grant scheme is now open to sports clubs in Victoria, including those in Hume and Whittlesea.
Grants of up to $2,000 are available to provide effective support to clubs when needed, replacing essential equipment lost through theft, fire or other setbacks.
Community Sports Minister Ros Spence said the grants are intended to help clubs get back on their feet when something beyond their control happens.
“Our emergency grants provide the lifeline clubs need to keep doing what they do best, bringing communities together and helping people play the sport they love,” said Ms Spence.
Previous recipients include Traralgon City Soccer Club which received nearly $2,000 after flooding, and North Sunshine Tennis Club received $2,000 to replace equipment after a break-in.
“The program complements the Sports Club Grants Program which has provided more than $13 million to support community sports clubs since 2014,” a government statement said.
“The recent Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Program also provided $50 million to more than 7,500 clubs, leagues, state associations and other organizations in the sport and active recreation sector during the pandemic.”
North Sunshine Tennis Club chairman John Harvey said the theft was a “significant setback”, with thieves stealing equipment used by those who could not afford to buy their own tennis equipment.
“At a time when clubs are struggling to raise funds, we are very grateful to the government for supporting our community members and the club with this grant,” said Mr Harvey.
To find out more about the grants, go to: sport.vic.gov.au.