New funding for community sport recovery

New funding for community sport recovery

Local sport and active recreation clubs are encouraged to apply for up to $150,000 under a new fund for developing or upgrading playing fields to get more Queenslanders involved in sport and physical activity.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the Active Gameday Projects Fund would help the economic recovery of the sport and recreation industry by investing in smaller-scale infrastructure that benefits local communities.

“Our sport clubs are at the heart of Gladstone’s community,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for Gladstone Region clubs to apply for funding to back needed projects.

“The Active Gameday Projects fund will help them get back on their feet, freshen up their facilities for existing members, and encourage new sign-ups.

“We’re able to get out on the field because of the hard work of Queenslanders in managing the health impacts of the pandemic.

“Funding of up to $150,000 will be available for eligible organisations and projects who are able chip in 20 per cent of their project’s cost.”

The program is for fit-for-purpose works on playing spaces that meet grassroots level playing requirements and that encourage greater community participation.

Examples of projects that could receive funding include developing or upgrading playing surfaces and installing or upgrading irrigation and field lighting.

The $9 million Active Gameday Projects Fund is a new initiative of the Queensland Government’s Activate! Queensland strategy, with the first round opening in September.

Clubs can review program information, including criteria and eligibility by visiting www.dtis.qld.gov.au/sport/funding-programs/active-gameday-projects.