Clubgrants boosting our local infrastructure
With the more than 26 projects across NSW being funded through the latest round of Clubgrants, our local sports teams and recreational organisations are reaping the benefits.
The $50 million fund is allowing projects that otherwise would have been left in the 'too hard basket' to flourish, breathing life back into our regional communities.
Minister for Racing and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has been traversing the countryside to meet successful applicants.
“More than $50 million in Clubgrants infrastructure funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness and arts and culture,” Paul said.
“These grants are funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects."
“We improved the program in 2017 by giving community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects. New funding ranges are encouraging more diverse projects, and a streamlined application process is cutting red tape and allowing for faster assessment.”
Recently Paul visited NSW Nationals college Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams to announce almost $200,000 for three new tennis courts at Kendall Tennis Club.
The grant will build a new full-sized court and two small 'Hot Shot' courts, enabling the local club expand its training and competition programs, particularly for young people. Currently 45 children share one full court for these programs.
“This project will provide a great boost for the club, which runs activities including youth groups, social days and disability and mentoring programs,” Leslie said.
“The club is a feeder club for the Sydney International Tennis Tournament’s ball-kid program and provides Hot Shots demonstrations on centre court at Sydney and local shows.
“The club is known for social inclusion of players with disabilities.”
The next round of the 2017/18 Infrastructure Grants Program opened February 1st and will close on Monday 19th February 2018.
Grants can be used towards the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of infrastructure in the following areas:
Arts & Culture: $50,000 to $200,000 available per project
Emergency Preparedness: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project
Sport & Recreation: $100,000 to $300,000 available per project