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Apply now for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants

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 people participating at their clubs, contributing to healthier Victorian communities.

Applications for the first round of VicHealth Active Club Grants are open and can be submitted until 18 September 2015.

“Each year, Active Club Grants support more Victorians to become active,” Mr Angus said.

“Regular physical activity is a key factor in promoting good health and preventing chronic disease. These grants give clubs the opportunity to apply for funding to purchase much needed core equipment and injury prevention items.

“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 VicHealth had provided small grants to more than 10,000 community sport and active recreation clubs and organisations across Victoria for over 27 years.

“These grants help people in some of our most disadvantaged communities join their local sporting clubs. They also provide critical equipment to help those who would otherwise not be able to participate in sport; for instance, clubs can apply for funding for modified equipment for people with disabilities such as bell balls, bowling arms or portable ramps.

”This year’s Active Club Grants have two grant types clubs can apply for. We are offering clubs the option to apply for the traditional grant of up to $3,000 or a larger grant of up to $10,000 for core equipment that will help increase or maintain participation through their club.

“We are offering up to 10 of these larger grants per round for clubs that can make a big impact and enable a greater number of Victorians to start or continue being physically active.

“This may include large clubs with a high number of teams, clubs that are seeking to implement new programs and activities to increase participation, clubs trying to reach new community members, or clubs in areas experiencing significant population growth,” Ms Rechter said.

For further information or to apply for this grant online, visit

www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub.

Round 1 – opens Monday 17 August 2015 and closes Friday 18 September 2015

Round 2 – opens Monday 1 February 2016 and closes Friday 4 March 2016

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