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Apply for grants: Lovell

By Benalla Ensign

Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell is encouraging Benalla’s sporting clubs to apply for the latest round of VicHealth grants.

Funding is available to help improve opportunities for women, girls and less-active Victorians to become more active and improve their health.

The latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, which are now open, provides two tiers of funding of up to $3000 or up to $10000 to community sport clubs to create more opportunities for women and girls and ‘‘social’’ or modified sport options.

‘‘This is about making grassroots sports more accessible for community members throughout Northern Victoria, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love,’’ Ms Lovell said.

‘‘We want everyone to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their age, gender or ability.

‘‘I know how hard our local clubs are working, so I encourage clubs to take this opportunity to apply for a grant, so we can support them to deliver new opportunities to get more people active.’’

VicHealth chief executive officer Jerril Rechter said with less than a third of Victorians getting enough physical activity to benefit their health it was critical that sporting clubs were supported to offer more opportunities to get people moving.

‘‘Our research shows many Victorians are not fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week,’’ Ms Rechter said.

‘‘Women’s participation in sport is still lower than mens, and due to many factors, including a lack of time, opportunities and confidence, many women and girls find it hard to get active.’’

Ms Rechter said the grants would also deliver more opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport.

This year’s Active Club Grants are simpler and easier for local clubs to apply.

The new application process is designed to ensure club administrators and volunteers can spend more time helping their communities get active and less time on administration.

Clubs applying for Active Club Grants funding can indicate if they would like to be considered for an additional $2000 grant to promote ‘This Girl Can — Victoria’ to encourage women in their local community to get active.

Clubs are encouraged to apply for grants through the VicHealth website before round two closes at 4pm on Friday, March8.

●For more information or to apply online, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub