Ramping Up Support For Local Sports Infrastructure
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence announced today that applications are now open for the 2021 round of the fund, which will invest up to $22 million for projects that develop local sports infrastructure.
The fund is part of the $1.05 billion invested by the Labor Government in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
Projects to receive grants from the previous round of the fund include $500,000 towards a multi-use, female friendly pavilion at Trafalgar Recreation Precinct and $250,000 towards new lighting at Rieschiecks Reserve in Doncaster East.
There are a range of grant opportunities across five funding streams: Better Indoor Stadiums, Female Friendly Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Facilities for Active Seniors, and Scoreboards and Fixed Infrastructure.
The report is the first ever comprehensive investigation into the economic, health and social impacts of community sport and recreation infrastructure in the state and highlights investments like the $22 million in this next round of the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund delivers great return on investment.
Sport is an integral part of Victorian communities, contributing $9.2 billion overall to the Victorian economy and supporting more than 71,000 equivalent-full-time jobs.
By providing the perfect setting for communities to come together, connect, volunteer and learn, the report highlights the $2.6 billion in social benefits community sport and active recreation infrastructure delivers Victoria.
The 2021 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund also helps generate economic activity and hundreds of jobs during and after construction.