The NSW Government has awarded more than $4.2 million to sports and recreation clubs across the state as part of its Local Sport Grants Program.
Eight hundred and thirty-six clubs have received grants of up to $20,000 for projects that aim to increase participation in sport and recreation, address barriers to participation and provide services to members.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government was committed to improving community health and these grants will encourage participation in sport and recreation across the state.
“Tackling childhood obesity and increasing regular and on-going participation in sport and active recreation for people of all ages is a NSW Government priority,” Mr Ayres said.
“The Local Sport Grants Program help encourage people, regardless of their age or ability to get involved in sport and active recreation.
“This $4.2 million investment by the NSW Government will be used for a wide-range of initiatives across the state such as the construction of new mountain bike trails at Tumbarumba, the purchase of new equipment at Harwood Cricket Club and the provision of training for female match officials at Panania RSL Soccer Club.”
The Local Sport Grants Program makes up to $50,000 available to each NSW electorate for one or more eligible projects in the electorate.
Grants are awarded for projects which focus on sport development, community sport events, sport access and facility development.
Individual panels comprised of the Office of Sport and local community representatives assess the eligible projects in each electorate.
“By improving the accessibility and quality of our sports and recreational facilities, we can improve the health, social and economic wellbeing of communities across the state,” Mr Ayres said.
Find out more on the Local Sport Grants Program.