Round 2 of sports funding program opens

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch is encouraging the region’s sporting organisations to apply for funding under Round 2 of the Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund.

Crouch said $25M is being offered to regional areas in NSW, including the Central Coast, in addition to $25M which was offered last financial year in the first round of funding.

“To make sure our region gets its fair share I will be writing to Central Coast Council, locally based State Sporting Organisations (SSOs) as well as local sport clubs to encourage them to apply for funding,” he said.

“We know that investing in sports infrastructure is vital to improving the health and wellbeing of people.

“We also know that constructing new or upgraded sport infrastructure has the potential to boost construction jobs and stimulate our local economy, which is needed now more than ever in light of the challenges posed by COVID-19.”

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the funding would be available for new and upgraded sports facilities.

“By investing in new and existing sports infrastructure, we are helping more people experience the benefits of participating in sport and active recreation,” she said.

“The Fund is creating a sports infrastructure construction boom across the State as part of the NSW Government’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure pipeline.”

Ward said providing facilities that meet community needs and expectations is a priority.

“We welcome inclusive projects that encourage the participation of women and girls and people with a disability,” she said.

The Fund will provide grants from $100,000 up to $1M to eligible sport and recreation organisations and councils.

Eligible projects include lighting, amenity buildings, clubrooms, change rooms and grandstands.

Round 2 is the final round of the program with applications to close on October 8.

For more details, see: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants.

Terry Collins

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