Community Sports Infrastructure Fund

Up to $3M is available from Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to support sporting organisations with facilities development or upgrade.

Community Sports Infrastructure Fund

 

Community Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that helps provide high quality, accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria. Developing new facilities or improving the quality of existing facilities to increase participation and wellbeing is a priority for the Victorian Government.

 

Background

Strong, active and healthy communities need high-quality, accessible, well-designed and managed facilities for sport and recreation activities. Developing new facilities or improving the quality of existing facilities to increase participation and wellbeing is a priority for the Victorian Government.

Construction of new or improved facilities also stimulates the local economy and creates a range of employment and volunteer opportunities, from construction and facility management, through to coaching and officiating.

 

Objectives

The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund aims to encourage:

  • increase sport and recreation participation for all Victorians
  • increase female and junior participation
  • increase access to sport and recreation opportunities
  • better planning of sport and recreation facilities
  • innovative sport and recreation facilities
  • environmentally sustainable facilities
  • universally designed facilities

Construction of new or improved facilities also stimulates the local economy and creates a range of employment and volunteer opportunities, from construction and facility management, through to coaching and officiating.

 

Funding

  • Better Pools – Grants of up to $3 million are available to provide high-quality aquatic leisure facilities through new or redeveloped aquatic leisure centres.
  • Major Facilities – Grants of up to $800,000 (where the total project cost is more than $500,000, excluding GST) are available to develop or upgrade sub-regional and regional sport and active recreation facilities.
  • Small Aquatic Projects – Grants of up to $250,000 are available to improve and upgrade aquatic facilities, seasonal pools and develop new water play spaces.
  • Minor Facilities – Grants of up to $250,000 are available for community sport and recreation groups, working in partnership with local government, to develop or upgrade community sport and recreation facilities.
  • Planning 
    • Recreation Planning or Facility Feasability – Grants of up to $30,000 for projects focusing on recreation planning or facility feasibility in one municipality
    • Regional – Grants of up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives that demonstrate inter-municipal needs and financial support from multiple local government authorities.

 

Eligible Projects

A wide variety of sport and recreation planning and infrastructure projects will be considered for funding.

Improving participation outcomes is a key objective of the program. Applications must clearly demonstrate how the projects will improve participation outcomes. Specifically, proposals should demonstrate how the project:

  • will increase or maintain participation
  • encourages participation by females, juniors, people living in growth areas and communities experiencing disadvantage
  • improves health and wellbeing of the community
  • encourages development of multi-use, shared and co-located facilities
  • collaborates with schools and community groups
  • collaborates with state sporting associations or relevant peak bodies
  • improves environmental sustainability
  • applies or demonstrates principles of Universal Design
  • applies the Healthy Choices Guidelines (Better Pools category).

Priority will be given to communities in areas of need that have experienced natural disasters, such as bushfires, flood and drought, or communities experiencing strong population growth

Projects on private land are eligible, but will be subject to the establishment of a legally binding agreement between the organisation and local council to ensure ongoing public access. Such proposals should demonstrate evidence of a legally binding agreement in the Full Application.

Projects on school land are eligible subject to a completed Community Joint Use Proposal (to the Department of Education and Training).

 

Eligible Applicants

Only local government authorities can apply directly to the Department of Health and Human Services for funding from this program.

Councils are required to discuss their project(s) with their Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting their Application(s).

Community organisations can only seek access to support from the fund through the Minor Facilities, category by submitting an Expression of Interest Form for Community Organisations directly to their local council. Community organisations are advised to contact their local council about timelines for expressions of interest.

 

Timing

Applications close 25 June 2018.

 

Media Release

Le Page Cricket Club and Cheltenham Junior Football Club will be able to open their doors to more players, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Sport John Eren today announced an upgrade to the pavilion at Le Page Park, with the Labor Government kicking in $125,000 from its Community Sports Infrastructure Fund to progress the project.

More than 650 players from the two clubs use the pavilion, including a growing number of women and girls. The park also hosts junior cricket programs and Auskick.

The upgraded pavilion will feature female friendly change rooms for players and umpires and all change facilities and public amenities will be upgraded to be fully accessible.

The increased flexibility and capacity will enable both clubs to grow their membership and host more competitions.

The funding is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation and to encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria we’ve invested more than $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and earlier this year provided almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to support sport and active recreation at all levels.

Minister Eren acknowledged Kingston City Council and AFL Victoria for their commitment and financial contribution to the project.

 

More Information

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