Neil Angus MP, State Member for Forest Hill, today encouraged eligible sports and active recreation clubs in the Forest Hill electorate to apply for VicHealth grants of up to $10,000, to increase the number of females participating in sport and increase participation in social and modified forms of sport. Applications for the first round of VicHealth Active Club Grants are open and can be submitted until 23 September 2016.
Mr Angus said VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program has huge benefits for the community of Forest Hill.
“VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program has been supporting local sports clubs in remote, rural, regional and metropolitan areas to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives for nearly three decades”, Mr Angus said.
“As a former VicHealth Board Member, I encourage local sports organisations to apply for these very beneficial grants,” Mr Angus said.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said female participation in sport is still lower than male involvement, and due to a lack of time and confidence, many women and girls fail to fit the recommended 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity into their week.
“With these grants, VicHealth wants to support a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get active – particularly those aimed at women and girls. Non-traditional, social and modified sports are becoming an increasingly popular choice,” Ms Rechter said.
VicHealth is looking to fund clubs which:
- demonstrate how they will get more women and girls involved in physical activity, through new or recently established programs, activities and opportunities
- start up a social or modified sport program which will attract more people to be regularly physically active.”
Social sport includes more flexible, fun and less-structured opportunities with a focus on social interaction and less emphasis on performance, results and competition – they might be modified to increase opportunities across age, disability, skill level, fitness level, lifestyle, or location.
“Research shows that every step really does count, and anything that gets you moving is beneficial”, Mr Angus said.
For further information or to apply for this grant online, visit
Round 1 – opens Monday 22 August 2016 and closes Friday 23 September 2016
Round 2 – opens Monday 6 February 2017 and closes Friday 4 March 2017