Applications are now open for the Country Football and Netball program.
Up to $2.5 million is available for rural, regional and outer metropolitan councils to apply for grants of up to $250,000 to deliver projects such as installing sports lighting, and building new or redeveloping pavilions to benefit their local clubs.
Regional clubs impacted by the recent floods, or in communities experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges are also strongly encouraged to approach their local councils to apply for program funding.
Recent successful projects include $68,000 to Warrnambool City Council for lighting upgrades at the Dennington netball court, $197,000 to the City of Greater Geelong for the Anakie Reserve netball court upgrade, and $200,000 to Golden Plans Shire Council for the Linton oval reconstruction.
The Country Football and Netball Program makes it easier for players, coaches, umpires, kids and club supporters to stay involved in the game and encourages communities to lead healthy and active lifestyles.
The program is a partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria and has invested more than $35 million across the state since it was launched in 2005.
This year, maximum grant amounts have increased from the previous round of the program to ensure important infrastructure can continue to be delivered.
The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.6 billion in community sports infrastructure since 2014.
Applications close on 27 March 2023. For more information about the program and to apply visit Country Football and Netball Program.