Sporting grants applications open

24 February 2017

A new fund aimed at increasing participation in sports for young people and women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) diverse backgrounds has opened.

The Multicultural Sports Fund aims to boost sports involvement by supporting access to the basics.

Costs of registration, travel, uniforms, a non-inclusive environment or communication challenges can sometimes be a hurdle to those wanting to get involved in sport.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said the Fund was about providing a level playing field for all Victorians and improving social connections.

A part of the Government’s Whole of Sport Sector Multicultural Participation Strategy to ensure equal access and community involvement in sport, the fund is seeking proposals from state sporting associations and national sporting organisations from today.

To access individual grants of up to $200,000 per year, sporting bodies should demonstrate links with local communities and sporting clubs and have a focus on women and young people.

The fund has a total of $4 million of funding available over four years.

Major sporting partners will also match funding or provide in-kind contributions for a range of qualifying sporting organisations’ initiatives, including sporting events, camps, coaching clinics, internships, leadership and mentoring programs.

Find out more.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said the funding helps people from diverse backgrounds be a part of sport, which has the power to break down barriers and create a sense of belonging.
“Sometimes the fear of not being welcomed can mean the difference between someone putting up their hand to join the local footy club or not,” said Minister Scott.

“We want to see more Victorians from diverse backgrounds getting out there and enjoying sport, being part of a team and having fun,” he said.

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