Grants to grow Gippsland grassroots sport and recreation

Yallourn Yallourn North Football Netball Club was one of 16 sporting groups across Gippsland to receive funding in the first round of LVA’s strategic planning grants.

The Latrobe Valley Authority is helping Gippsland sporting clubs help themselves to prosper and grow through a new Strategic Planning Grants program.

A total of $86,000 has been allocated to 16 sporting clubs and community organisations across Latrobe City, Baw Baw and Wellington shires to improve grassroots governance with the aim of increasing community participation in active recreation.

First round grants of up to $6000 have been awarded across a range of codes including football, netball, basketball, horse riding, baseball, soccer, cricket and lawn bowls.

LVA CEO Karen Cain said the grants would help sport and recreation bodies build capacity, operational effectiveness and efficiency to ensure strong, robust, sustainable, welcoming and inclusive organisations in the Latrobe Valley.

“Sport and active recreation plays an important part in the wellbeing of our community. It provides settings for social interaction, sharing common interests, achieving personal bests and inclusion,” Ms Cain said.

“Sporting clubs play a big part in shaping and supporting our local communities; being part of a club provides a socially valued role for participants and creates a sense of belonging.

“These grants are about ensuring our local clubs are well placed to cater to our community and make the Latrobe Valley an even better place to live, play and work.”

The 16 successful clubs are: Morwell Football Netball Club, Yarram Football Netball Club, Latrobe City Energy Basketball Association, Moe Football Netball Club, Traralgon Tyers United Football Netball Club, Warragul District Basketball Association, Boolarra Pony Club, Woodside & District Football Netball Club, Hill End & Grove Rovers Football Netball Club, Morwell Junior Football Club, Traralgon Redsox Baseball Club, Moe United Soccer Club, Bellbird Park Hockey Committee, Churchill Cricket Club, Yallourn Yallourn North Football Netball Club and Loch Sport Bowls.

The Latrobe Valley Sporting Club Strategic Planning Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s $85 million Sports and Community Package.

Round two of the Strategic Planning Grants program will open on 17 September.

Community organisations and sporting bodies can also apply for the first round of LVA’s new Participation Initiative Grants of up to $75,000, supported by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Latrobe Health Innovation Zone.

This seed funding initiative will support innovative community projects that increase participation in sport and recreation in the Latrobe Valley, with a focus on currently under-represented groups.

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