May 12 - 18, 2024: Issue 625


Financial Win For Local Sporting Groups: 2023/24 Local Sports Grant Program sees 16 projects awarded funding

Avalon Sailing Club has received a grant in the 2023/24 allocations under the Local Sport Grant Program

Local sports clubs have shared in $4.4 million in NSW Government funding following the awarding of grants in the Local Sport Grant Program.

The Program provides up to $20,000 to individual clubs and associations with $50,000 available in each electorate to increase participation in community sport and 579 projects awarded funding in this year’s Program.

Labor MLC Greg Donnelly said sport is a way of life for the community.

“This funding will help our local clubs and their army of volunteers to provide more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of sport and active recreation.

“I congratulate the funding recipients and look forward to the amazing projects that they will deliver”, said Greg Donnelly.

Minister for Sport, the Hon. Steve Kamper MP said: 

“The Local Sport Grant Program provides vital funds for community sport.

“This year we have doubled the funding for individual projects, meaning grassroots community sports clubs and associations can provide more programs and equipment to support their participants.

“With the critical role sport plays in keeping people healthy, active and socially connected, this funding is vital to community health, wellbeing and sense of identity.”

16 projects were awarded funding in this area for new equipment, programs and facilities valued at $147,185.

Member for Manly, James Griffin said the distribution of funding under the 2023/24 Local Sports Grant Program will be a real shot in the arm for local sporting organisations.

“It is terrific to see so many sporting groups bolstered by the Program to the benefit of local sports men and women,” Mr Griffin said.

“A wide and diverse range of sports are covered with Rugby, Bowling, Sailing, Boardriding, Cricket and Triathlon events all receiving funding,” Mr Griffin said.

The largest grant of $15,949 is going to the Manly Rugby Football Club for the purchase of equipment to support the expansion of the Manly Mermaids Rugby Union Program.

The Seaforth Cricket Club also scores well, receiving $7,383 for the purchase of a club bowling machine.

Further grants go to:

  • The Seaforth Bowling Club – $9,396 to replace like for like synthetic grass bowls rests on greens one and three.
  • The Warringah Triathlon Club – $4,719 to promote the club and encourage Triathlon participation and a further $3,579 towards the cost of a box trailer to transport club equipment.
  • The Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club – $3,224 for Training Buoys
  • The Girls Boardrider Fraternity – $3,000 to support members to arrange judging courses, additional coaching, uniforms and members presentation and awards event
  • The Harbord Harlequins – $2,750 towards a grading program and to encourage participation. 

Mr Griffin said, “I congratulate each of the sporting clubs on their successful applications.

“In all, $46,421 has been allocated to seven local clubs to improve facilities and increase participation.”

“I wish each of them every success as they promote their passion and contribute to a healthy community,” Mr Griffin said

Member for Pittwater, Rory Amon said the distribution of funding under the 2023/24 Local Sports Grant Program is welcomed

''The Pittwater community loves its sport. Whether playing, watching early Saturday morning winter sports or cheering on the Sea Eagles, sport is for everyone. It would not be possible for so many in our community to enjoy such activities without the countless local clubs and associations and their many volunteers. 

''I am excited to announce $50,000 of funding for brilliant sporting groups across Pittwater, which will see the groups continue to thrive.''

The Pittwater grant funds have been allocated to:

  • Terrey Hills Tennis Club - $20,000  - refurbishment of facilities; improved playing conditions and extend the life of the court surfaces and upgrading of the toilets and showers 
  • Manly Warringah District Baseball Association - $3,635.50 - to upgrade batting nets at Rat Park in Warriewood 
  • Avalon Sailing Club - $8,997.50 - to upgrade male bathroom and change-room facilities 
  • Manly Warringah Basketball Association - $17,367 - for wheelchair equipment for the MWBA wheelchair basketball program

A further 5 grants totalling $53,360.25 were allocated in the Wakehurst electorate to:

  • Allambie Beacon Hill United Football Club (Wakehurst) - $4,454.00 - for a new canteen coffee machine
  • Allambie Beacon Hill United Football Club - $2,752.00 - for the provision of field indicator flags
  • Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club -  $20,000 - for community engagement and marketing
  • Sydney Northern Beaches Water Polo Club (Breakers) - $19,979 - for improving the psychological wellbeing of girls by implementing a comprehensive team-based eight-week program of performance, health and wellbeing
  • Wakehurst Rugby Club - $6,175.25 - for Rugby Club Fencing Renewal

The Local Sport Grant Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation opportunities in sport in NSW. Through this Program the Office of Sport is working towards our goals to achieve:

  • Participation: Everyone in NSW participating in sport and active recreation throughout their life.
  • Places and Spaces: Everyone in NSW having access to places and spaces for sport and active recreation.
  • Sustainability: The sector continues to grow sport and active recreation across NSW.

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