Up to $500,000 is available from the Female Friendly Facilities Fund to support development of sports facilities to increase female participation in sport.
Female Friendly Facilities Fund
The Female Friendly Facilities Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that assists local clubs and organisations to develop grounds, pavilions, courts and lighting to enable more women and girls to participate in sport and active recreation.
In November 2015, the independent Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation delivered A Five Year Game Plan that made nine recommendations to the Minister for Sport.
The recommendations were aimed at enhancing participation by women and girls in sport and active recreation and increasing engagement in leadership and governance roles. The Victorian Government adopted all nine
The Female Friendly Facilities Fund aims to address recommendation 6: to deliver female friendly built environments and equitable facility usage policies.
The Female Friendly Facilities Fund is part of broader work being undertaken by the Victorian Government to address these recommendations. A key part of this work is the Change Our Game campaign, which brings together sport and recreation organisations in a shared effort to increase leadership and participation opportunities for women and girls in sport.
The fund aims to support local clubs and organisations, with grants of up to $500,000 for projects that encourage more women and girls to become active.
Encouraging and retaining participation by women and girls in sport and active recreation is a key objective of this fund.
All projects must ensure that women and girls have prioritised and equitable access to existing and new facilities. Specifically, proposals must clearly demonstrate how a project will:
- improve and enhance the experience of participating for women and girls (e.g. make change facilities for women and girls available or enable training/games to be scheduled at more convenient times for women and girls)
- increase equity, access and opportunities to new and existing sports facilities for women and girl participants and officials in sport and active recreation
- encourage greater junior and senior participation through the development of sustainable opportunities for women and girls in sport and active recreation
- encourage women and girls participation in sport and active recreation through accessible and safer facility design
- encourage greater involvement of women and girls in planning and developing facilities
- be supported by policies, practices and culture change initiatives that promote gender equality across all aspects of participation in the relevant sport/recreation activity
- encourage collaboration between Sport and Recreation Victoria, councils, state sporting associations/peak bodies, regional sports assemblies, local sports clubs and organisations to actively promote inclusive cultures, policies and initiatives that promote women and girls participation.
Examples of potential projects that may be funded include:
- new or redevelop existing change rooms to facilitate participants and officials that are women and girls
- sports grounds that facilitate women and girls participation
- multi-sport courts that facilitate women and girls participation
- sports lighting that facilitates women and girls participation
- upgrading existing grounds to improve capacity for women and girls participation
All applications will be assessed against the Female Friendly Facilities Fund eligibility and assessment criteria.
Only local government authorities can apply directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria for funding from this fund.
Councils are required to discuss their project with their Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting their application.
Local clubs and community organisations are advised to contact their local council to discuss their project, to ensure it meets the fund’s objectives and criteria.
Applications close 23 July 2018.
The Northcote community will get a boost thanks to $500,000 from the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the pavilion at 12.
Minister for Sport John Eren today announced the old pavilion at the oval will be refurbished and extended thanks to the Labor Government’s $15 million Female Friendly Facilities Fund.
The pavilion is used by more than 700 players from the local Northcote Park Football Netball Club, Northcote Cricket Club and Darebin Women’s Sports Club.
However, the existing pavilion is not up to modern standards and not appropriate for women and girls, limiting the ability of the clubs to attract more female players.
With the City of Darebin population forecast to grow by more than 70,000 in the next 25 years, the provision of more female friendly sporting facilities is needed.
This project will extend and refurbish the existing pavilion including the change rooms and public amenities, and provide a new fourth change room, medical room, accessible toilet and storage.
This funding package is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sports and active recreation, enabling and 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.
Mr Eren acknowledged Darebin City Council, AFL Victoria, Northcote Cricket Club and Northcote Park Football Netball Club for their commitment and financial contributions to the project