Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes is encouraging applications from local clubs for the next round of the $4.6million Sporting Club Grants Program.
The Sporting Club Grants Program gives clubs the chance to secure grants to buy new sports uniforms and equipment, or to expand the skills of coaches and officials.
The program has provided over $2.8million to more than 2000 sport and active recreation organisations across the state.
Grants of up to $1000 are available to buy new team uniforms or equipment, while grants of up to $2000 are available to expand the skills of coaches and officials.
Clubs can also receive up to $5000 for initiatives that strengthen their operations and grow their membership.
There are also grants to support travel and accommodation costs during a 12-month period for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete — whether in local competition or an Aboriginal sporting festival.
Ms Symes said she encourages all clubs in northern Victoria to utilise this support and apply online for new uniforms and better equipment or training for their coaches.
‘‘Giving administrators and volunteers opportunities to improve their skills will also give our clubs the edge to make sure that they’re sustainable going forward,’’ she said.
The new Aboriginal Participation category is specifically working to break down barriers and make it easier for Aboriginal Victorians to get involved in grassroots sport.
Applications for round six are now open until January 24.
For more information or to apply online, visit sport.vic.gov.au.