Melton & Moorabool sport and recreation clubs invited to apply for VicHealth Grants

Sports and active recreation clubs throughout Melton and Moorabool are encouraged to apply for funding as part of the second round of VicHealth’s 2015-16 Active Club Grants program, announced on 1 February.

Melton MP, Mr Don Nardella is encouraging local sports clubs to apply for grants which aim to get more people involved in physical activity by funding essential equipment like bats, portable goals, uniforms and balls.

Mr Nardella said:

“This funding is vital to helping many more Victorians get the recommended minimum of 2.5 hours per week of moderate physical activity.

Getting active is great for keeping us on the ball both physically and mentally. As well as the health benefits of keeping us fit and preventing illness, exercise helps reduce stress and keeps us alert and resilient. Research also shows that it’s a great way to get social. Sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth.

These grants aim to make clubs safer and more accessible by funding essential equipment like bats, portable goals, uniforms and balls.”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said VicHealth was proud to continue to support local sporting organisations.

“For the past 27 years, VicHealth has provided grants to more than 10,000 community sport and active recreation clubs and organisations across Victoria. These grants help clubs implement new programs and activities to increase participation and reach new community members,” Ms Rechter said.

“This round we’ll be placing a particular focus on supporting sporting clubs and organisations that can attract more people to their club, or improve participation opportunities for Victoria’s Aboriginal community.

In awarding these grants, special consideration will also be given to applications from clubs in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage as well as clubs/organisations who can demonstrate that an Active Club Grant will increase opportunities for regular physical activity in their community.”

VicHealth’s Active Club Grants applications open Monday 1 February 2016 and close Friday 4 March. More information visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub