The Morrison Government’s $19.6 million Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity grants program is open now.
Local not-for-profit organisations including community organisations, sporting organisations and local government entities are invited to apply to assist Australians to get more involved in more sport and recreational activities.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, encouraged local organisations on the Mornington Peninsula to apply for the grants, which aim to break down the barriers to people getting active and bring communities together.
“Australia is one of the world’s great sporting nations but not all Aussies come from sporting backgrounds,” Minister Hunt said.
“Playing sport is a great way to be a part of the community so it’s important we provide a helping hand for people to get involved, particularly people with disabilities, new migrants and indigenous people.
“These grants will also help build on the fantastic participation boom we are seeing across the country and our Government is continuing to support women and girls in sport.
“We want everyone to feel welcome to join in at our local sporting clubs because sport is a big part of our way of life on the Peninsula.”
Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck said the grants are part of the Morrison Government’s plan to make Australia the world’s most active sporting nation.
“Playing sport and engaging in physical activity is great for our physical and mental health, so we want to make sure more Aussies get more active, more often,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Our Government’s national Sport 2030 plan is to make Australia the world’s most active sporting nation, and to do that we need everyone joining in.
“We have also invested $190 million to grassroots sporting infrastructure to encourage female participation, because everyone should feel welcome at their local sporting club.”
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman, said the program is part of the Government’s $71 million investment in social cohesion initiatives to build stronger communities.
“Sport plays an important role in the lives of so many Australians and is a great way for migrants to build connections, improve their English language skills and feel more at home,” Minister Coleman said.
“So many of our greatest athletes have migrated to Australia, and the achievements in sport of people of all backgrounds is a key part of the Australian story.”
Grants are available assist the following community groups get involved in sport and recreational activities:
- newly arrived migrants and refugees;
- people with a physical or mental disability
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
- engaging with community organisations to deliver sport and physical activity projects;
- coaching clinics to teach sports skills and techniques;
- participation in local sports competitions;
- instruction in exercise and physical activity classes delivered by qualified instructors;
- research and data collection; and
- recruitment and engagement of translators required to deliver the activities.
Applications will close on 12 December 2019. Further information about the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant Opportunity (GO2645) is available from the GrantConnect website, https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=674CA0E0-CB5C-9DAB-A4CAE017C0AAD62C