Eligible organisations can apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade and develop local community sport infrastructure in 2018-19.
The new grant program will support local communities to develop facilities that encourage greater levels of participation in community sport and physical activity, offer safer and more inclusive sporting environments and develop local community sporting hubs.
Program guidelines and information regarding the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program is available at www.sportaus.gov.au/csi. Applications close 14 September 2018.
To support the grant program, a Value of Community Sport Infrastructure report was recently released by Sport Australia. Findings from the report show how community sport infrastructure generates more than $16.2 billion worth of social, health and economic benefits each year. The report, produced in partnership with KPMG and La Trobe University, demonstrates that the impact and value of community sport infrastructure extends far beyond the cost of the facilities.
In particular, the report shows the impact and value of community sport infrastructure provides at least:
- $6.3 billion worth of economic benefits, including construction, maintenance and operation
- $5.1 billion of social benefits, including community cohesion and mental wellbeing, and;
- $4.9 billion worth of health benefits due to promoting physical activity.
You can read the full report on the Sports Australia website.