Up to $150,000 is available to help communities save on potable water supplies and to continue using their sports fields regardless of weather condition.
The Sustainable Water Fund – Community Sport and Recreation Program is a funding program that will help local communities implement sustainable water management practices and achieve continued levels of use and participation at sport and recreation facilities.
Managing the impact of drought on local community sport and recreation is a high priority for the Victorian Government. The Government is getting on with helping local clubs and communities keep sport strong, healthy and alive in the toughest of times.
To help clubs and communities survive these conditions in a sustainable way, grants are now available through the Sustainable Water Fund – Community Sport and Recreation Program. This will support projects that help harvest water runoff, encourage irrigation using recycled water for sports fields, and plant drought resistant turf, as well as invest in water-efficient assets like synthetic surfaces.
The objectives of the Sustainable Water Fund – Community Sport and Recreation Program are to:
- maintain useability of sports grounds and recreation facilities during drought conditions
- improve water use efficiency at priority sport and recreation facilities
- increase access to secure water supplies at priority sport and recreation facilities
Grants of up to $150,000 per project are available to eligible organisations.
The Sustainable Water Fund – Community Sport and Recreation Program will consider projects for funding that provide sustainable reductions in the use of potable water.
Specifically applications should demonstrate how the project:
- Responds to community needs
- Provides water security for the facility and reduces reliance on potable water supplies
- Improves environmental sustainability
- Applies or demonstrates principles of universal design
- Consults and collaborates with a variety of stakeholders
- Impacts on participation in sport and recreation activities
Projects might include:
- Provision of recycled water infrastructure for sports fields
- Replacement of turf or red porous surfaces with hard or synthetic surfaces
- Water runoff harvesting, reuse and storage initiatives
- Developing fields with drought resistant turf species
- Water efficient irrigation systems for sport facilities
- Recycling of water used at sporting facilities
- The development and use of alternative water sources
- Connection to secure water supplies
The Sustainable Water Fund – Community Sport and Recreation Program is only open to councils, sporting clubs, recreation facility managers and schools in the 11 Victorian municipalities impacted by prevailing drought conditions. These municipalities are: Ararat, Buloke, Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Loddon, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, West Wimmera, and Yarriambiack.
Councils, sporting clubs, recreation facility managers and schools can apply directly to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for funding from this program.
Sporting clubs and recreation facility managers must:
- be not-for-profit and registered as an incorporated body at the time of the application and for the project duration. If an applicant organisation is not registered as an incorporated body, it must arrange for a legally constituted organisation to manage the grant funds.
- Possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide a completed Australian Tax Office form, (statement by a supplier) so that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment.
Applications close 10 November 2016.