The Heidelberg West Football and Netball Club and the Ivanhoe Sea Scouts are among 386 grassroots sports clubs across Victoria who will share in more than $530,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise.

State Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines MP today announced that the two clubs had successfully applied for funding in the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program.

The grants will provide the Heidelberg West Football and Netball Club with $1,000 for netball uniforms and Ivanhoe Sea Scouts with $1,000 for equipment.

The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities.

The grants include 31 initiatives to boost Aboriginal participation in sport with funding for uniforms, equipment and skill development, as well as travel for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete – whether it’s a local competition or an interstate festival

Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Government has provided more than 3,600 Sporting Club Grants across the state, totalling more than $4.9 million.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

“Sporting clubs are the lifeblood of local communities, that’s why we’re proud to support their development and open up a range of opportunities on and off the field for their members.”

“We’re working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthier lifestyle so that people have every chance to realise their potential.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines MP

“The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving our grassroots clubs the support they need to grow and help more people than ever to be involved in the sports they love.”