Funding boost for local sports

Community sport is back and the region’s clubs are being urged to apply now for funding to help players return with a bang.

The NSW Government’s $4.6 million Local Sport Grants Program can help clubs remove barriers to participation, purchase equipment and improve facilities.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said now is the perfect time for clubs to think about equipment or upgrades they may need, with fully vaccinated players and spectators now able to get back on the field.

“Sport has gotten us through some challenging times, providing a welcome distraction and bringing our communities together during the worst drought in living memory,” Mr Saunders said.

“But during lockdown, we’ve really missed being able to come together to play, watch the kids or cheer on our team.

“These grants will help local clubs increase participation by addressing barriers, delivering sports development programs and upgrading equipment and facilities.”

Previous recipients of Local Sport Grants include the Cudgegong Jump Club ($15,000 for amenities), Narromine Soccer Club ($4000 for equipment and development programs), and Dubbo Dirt Bike Club ($13,000 for sun protection shelters).

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the grants will help to support the health, social and economic wellbeing of communities.

“As we return to community sport, this funding will support projects of grassroots sporting clubs which are at centre of many local communities,” Mrs Ward said.

Successful clubs can receive funding of up to $20,000, with up to $50,000 available for each electorate throughout NSW.

Applications are now open and close at 1pm Friday, 19 November 2021.

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