SPORTING and recreation clubs across Queensland are set to receive a record funding boost following the signing of a multi-million dollar agreement with the state government.
Minister for Sports Mick de Brenni said the $125.5 million Get in the Game 2018-20 was the Queensland Government’s largest funding program for grassroots sport and active recreation to date.
“As I’ve travelled around the state this year, everywhere I go, people have said the same thing,” Mr de Brenni said.
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“To be able to plan for the future and build sports in Queensland, clubs need certainty and clarity around our funding programs and grant application dates for years to come.
“We know that advanced notice of program time frames enables eligible organisations to better plan their projects.
“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is delivering certainty with some exciting changes and improvements to the Get In The Game suite of initiatives over the next three years, including the two new funding programs targeting female participation and infrastructure planning.”
Some of the key initiatives under the funding package include:
- Increased commitment for Get Playing Places and Spaces grants from $11 million per year to $13 million per round, with maximum grants of $150,000;
- Get Going Clubs will continue to provide $3.5 million per year to support local and regional not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with a one-off grant of up to $7,500 towards projects that improve club capabilities;
- An expansion of the Get Playing Plus grants program, with eligible projects now starting at $200,000, rather than $300,000;
- A $15 million Female Facilities Program, to build or upgrade fit-for-purpose female amenities and change room facilities, to encourage greater participation in sport and active recreation activities by women and girls;
- Increased funding for our hugely successful Get Started Vouchers program, with $7 million worth of vouchers per year to help eligible kids get into organised sport and active recreation; and
- The new Get Planning Spaces program which will offer grants of up to $100,000 to assist in strategic infrastructure planning studies.
Mr de Brenni said the Get Planning Spaces program received broad industry support during a recent pilot stage.
“We want to provide more opportunities for all Queenslanders to participate in sport and active recreation at the grassroots level,” he said.
“As such we have included this program into the Get in the Game 2018-20 funding suite to encourage better infrastructure planning.
“This allows for more strategic investments in places and spaces in our community, and the ability to prioritise within the infrastructure grant programs.”
For more information about the funding opportunities available under Get in the Game 2018-20, click here.