Up to $10,000 is available from the Active Club Grants to help Victorians become more active or increase participation in commmunity sport clubs.
Active Club Grants
VicHealth’s Active Club Grants offer funding to community sport and recreation clubs to increase or maintain participation through their club, by purchasing core equipment.
VicHealth is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. The primary focus of VicHealth is promoting good health and preventing chronic disease. VicHealth’s current campaigns align with the VicHealth Action Agenda for Health Promotion, which prioritises five areas for our work.
The Action Agenda is VicHealth’s strategic plan to 2023, with 10-year goals and 3-year priorities on the following strategic imperatives:
- Promote healthy eating
- Encourage regular physical activity
- Prevent tobacco use
- Prevent harm from alcohol
- Improve mental wellbeing.
In 2016–17, VicHealth’s Active Club Grants will provide funding to increase the opportunities Victorians have to participate in community sport clubs. The funding (available at two tier levels) will prioritise:
- increasing female participation
- supporting social and modified forms of sport.
VicHealth’s Active Club Grants is available at two tiers:
Tier 1: Up to $3,000 – Open to all eligible clubs.
If your club applies under the $3,000 category, you may request a maximum of $500 for marketing, promotional or other publicity activities to help promote the program or participation opportunity to the community.
Tier 2: up to $10,000 (limited to 10 successful grants per round)
The $10,000 funding grant is open to clubs that can make a big impact to people engaging in physical activity. This grant might suit large clubs with a membership base of over 200 or multiple teams; clubs trying to reach a large number of community members; or clubs in areas experiencing significant population growth.
If your club applies under the $10,000 category, clubs can request a maximum of $1000 for marketing, promotional or other publicity activities to help promote the program or participation opportunity to the community.
Outcome area 1: Increasing female participation in sport
VicHealth will support clubs to implement new sport participation opportunities specifically for women and girls. This includes costs to establish new teams, activities, programs or competitions.
VicHealth will provide clubs with funding for:
- core equipment needed by the club to conduct sporting activity for women and girls (e.g. fit-for-purpose uniforms, bats and balls)
- start-up costs associated with participation activities or programs that attract women and girls who would not normally participate in sport (e.g. costs to implement modified programs)
- injury prevention items to ensure safe participation for women and girls (e.g. goal padding, helmets)
- a combination of the above.
Outcome area 2: Supporting social and modified sport
VicHealth will fund start-up costs for your club to establish a social or modified sport program. If you have established a social or modified sport program in your club from 1 January 2015 onwards, you are also eligible to submit an application. Your club will need to demonstrate how the grant would help you strengthen or expand your efforts to engage more people participating in the program.
VicHealth provide clubs funding for:
- education, accreditation or training to become a qualified deliverer of the program
- core participation equipment required to run the program
- core safety equipment required to run the program
- licence fees required to be a recognised service provider/deliverer
- reference or resource materials (e.g. videos, training manuals).
Your club should apply if you are looking to increase participation in your community through participation initiatives for women and girls, or social or modified sport programs. VicHealth invites community sport and active clubs to work with partners and community members to engage more people to participate and be physically active.
To be eligible to apply for a grant, an applicant must:
- be a sporting club recognised by a State Sporting Association under the classification provided by Sport and Recreation Victoria be an incorporated association, a company limited by guarantee or an unincorporated association that has partnered with an incorporated Auspicing Body such as a State Sporting Association
- be based in Victoria and conduct activities in Victoria
- have not received an Active Club Grant in the past two financial years. However this condition will be removed for clubs that demonstrate disadvantage and hardship due to flood, drought, bushfires or other natural disasters.
Applications close 22 September 2017.