Hunter sporting groups hoping to improve community sports facilities in 2018-19 are being encouraged to apply to a federal government grant program.
Applicants can seek funding of up to $500,000 from Sport Australia’s Community Sport Infrastructure Grants for projects such as lighting, surface, amenities and accessibility upgrades.
The $29.7 million program aims to build greater participation in sport and physical activity, and offer safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs.
“Sporting facilities are vital for inspiring physical activity and health, and also for building community spirit and pride,” Nationals Senator for NSW John Williams said.
“Improving lighting, playing surfaces and accessibility for different ages and genders are just some of the ways sporting facilities can be made safer and more appealing, and I encourage sporting groups from Muswellbrook to Lake Macquarie to think about projects that could enhance their facilities.
“Even the smallest of projects can have a big impact on boosting local business, economy, health and social cohesiveness.”
Applications close on September 14 and can be made through Sport Australia, the Commonwealth’s lead agency for sport and physical activity.