Round two of the 2021-22 Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program is now open with more than $87,000 available to boost sporting activities.
Teams can apply for grants of up to $1,500 to participate in state or national sport carnivals, up to $1,000 for uniforms and sporting equipment, and up to $750 for travel and accommodation expenses.
Previous grant recipients include the Budjeri Napan Association which supported six local girls to travel from Gippsland to Queensland, representing the Victorian Seven Sisters in Netball.
Budjeri Napan Secretary Anne-Maree Stever said we are extremely grateful for receiving the Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant.
"Without it, our six girls from Gippsland wouldn’t have been able to represent the Victorian Seven Sisters team in Queensland," she said.
Bairnsdale Regional Unlimited Sports also received a grant to help cover the cost of uniforms, travel and accommodation for 13 teams to attend Aboriginal state carnivals as well as 15 members of the Indigenous Golf Association of Victoria to attend the National Golf Championships.
From Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist and NBA star Patty Mills to Olympic 400m champion Cathy Freeman, Aboriginal athletes have made a huge impact in the sporting arena and beyond.
The Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program supports communities to harness the social and health benefits that sport and active recreation can provide.
Since the start of the program in 2020, the Victorian Government has provided 128 grants totalling more than $138,000 to Aboriginal community organisations, clubs and individuals across the state.
To apply for a grant, visit the Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program