Community sporting organisations across Murrindindi Shire are encouraged to consider applying for support under the State Government’s 2018 – 2019 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Funding is available under a number of categories including:

 Minor Facilities – grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade local sport and recreation facilities.

 Female Friendly Facilities – grants of up to $100,000 to build new or upgrade existing, out-dated change facilities at sport clubs around the state that cater for both traditional and non-traditional female sport, with a focus on promoting female and family-friendly environments.

 Cricket Facilities – grants of up to $100,000 to develop or upgrade cricket specific infrastructure including new buildings, grounds and training facilities.

 Small Aquatic Projects – grants of up to $200,000 are available to improve and upgrade aquatic facilities, seasonal pools and develop new water play spaces.

Community Service portfolio spokesman Cr Sandice McAulay said she encouraged sporting and community bodies looking to gain funding under the program to apply.

“All successful application bids in the 2018 – 2019 round of funding have to be endorsed by Council,” Cr McAulay said.

“To be eligible, community groups need to talk to Council Officers to develop a thorough project scope and budget. Final expression of interests from community groups must be submitted to Murrindindi Shire Council by 19 May 2017. I encourage you to talk to the Council officers as they are keen to offer support.

“Major Facilities and Better Pools grants to develop or upgrade major district and regional sport and recreation facilities are also available.

“Further to the infrastructure Grants, up to $30,000 is also available to support strategic planning for sport and recreation needs," she said.

Guidelines for the program can be viewed at http://sport.vic.gov.au/, or by contacting Council.

Interested groups can contact Stuart Coller, Coordinator Recreation & Youth Development, to discuss project suitability on 5772 0712 or scoller@murrindindi.vic.gov.au.

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