Investing In Community Sport To Change The Game
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today opened applications for the 2023-24 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants program.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support community sport and recreation clubs or organisations to increase participation, build capability, promote gender equity and support the professional development of women and girls playing, volunteering and working in community sport.
In this round of the program there’s also a strong focus on supporting club or organisation initiatives that encourage the equitable inclusion of women and girls from all backgrounds and experiences.
The program is part of the Government’s Change Our Game initiative, working to make sport more accessible, increasing local participation and providing opportunities for all Victorians to be leaders in their local sporting community.
Now in its seventh year, the Change Our Game Community Activation Grants program has provided more than $2.2 million towards 461 grants that have benefitted community sport and active recreation clubs and organisations across the state.
One such initiative was with the Benalla Golf Club that saw 75 women and girls participate in a ‘Fun on the Fairways – Girls in Golf’ program. The 9‑week program to learn golf skills, game play and course etiquette provided a safe and supportive environment and resulted in a 20 percent increase in competition rounds played by women.
Together with the Fair Access Policy, launched by the Labor Government in August 2022, Change Our Game Community Activation Grants provides a great opportunity for clubs and organisations to extend equitable access to, and use of, community sports infrastructure, and build participants’ skills and knowledge.
These grants are part of the Government’s $18.8 million investment in the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation and the Change Our Game initiative since 2016.
Applications for this program close at 5pm AEDT, Monday 4 March 2024.