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2017 TOURISM, MAJOR EVENTS, SPORT AND VETERANS GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITIES

Monday, 6 March 2017

Tourism and Major Events

The $20 million Regional Events Fund will boost Victoria's regional events calendar, bringing economic and community benefits across the state. Applicants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest in order for Visit Victoria to undertake an initial assessment against program eligibility and assessment and provide applicants with feedback prior to the submission of a full funding application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Guidelines for the Regional Events Fund are available at: http://corporate.visitvictoria.com/events/regional-events-fund

Visit Victoria is the State’s new tourism entity, which has been established by the Andrews Labor Government to help ensure Victoria’s visitor economy continues to grow. Visit Victoria has a dedicated Regional Tourism arm that is committed to growing Victoria’s regional tourism economy, including through the Wander Victoria Campaign http://www.visitvictoria.com/

 

Sport
Sport and Recreation Victoria provides grants and funding to support groups from local community clubs through to the elite level. Funding is available for a range of activities, from improving or building new facilities to putting in place community projects and programs.

·         The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) contributes to the provision of high-quality and accessible community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria. Applications reopen for this program on 27th March 2017 and close on 7th June 2017. Applications are made by local councils (not clubs) for projects under the below categories:

    • Better Pools – Grants of up to $3 million are available to provide high-quality aquatic leisure facilities through new or redeveloped aquatic leisure centres.
    • Major Facilities – Grants of up to $650,000 (where the total project cost is more than $500,000, excluding GST) are available to develop or upgrade major district and regional sport and recreation facilities.
    • Small Aquatic Projects – Grants of up to $200,000 are available to improve and upgrade aquatic facilities, seasonal pools and develop new water play spaces.
    • Minor Facilities – Grants of up to $100,000 for any one project (where the total project cost is up to $1,000,000 excluding GST) are available for community sport and recreation groups, working in partnership with local government, to develop or upgrade community sport and recreation facilities.
    • Cricket Facilities - Grants of up to $100,000 are available to assist local councils, cricket associations and local cricket clubs to upgrade and develop cricket specific club infrastructure including new buildings, grounds, and training facilities.
    • Female Friendly Facilities – Grants of up to $100,000 are available to build new and upgrade existing, outdated change facilities at sports clubs around the state that cater for female sport, with a focus on promoting female and family friendly environments.

·         Planning – Funding is available for planning initiatives that address the future sport and recreation needs of communities through better information gathering, consultation and strategic planning, including:

      • Grants of up to $30,000 for projects focusing on recreation planning or facility feasibility in one municipality
      • Grants of up to $50,000 for regional planning initiatives that demonstrate inter-municipal needs and financial support from multiple local government authorities.
      • Grants of up to $30,000 for female participation strategies

The Better Indoor Stadiums Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that helps provide indoor multi-sports stadiums across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.  The fund assists in meeting the community demand for indoor sport and recreation participation opportunities. Indoor multi-sports stadiums are indoor facilities that are purpose-built for traditional indoor sports such as badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball.  In addition, these facilities can also be used for a range of other physical activities including futsal (indoor soccer), table tennis, gymnastics, calisthenics and dance, as well as community based programs and local and regional sporting events. Councils may submit one application for funding under each round of the Better Indoor Stadiums Fund. Each application may apply for   up to $3 million funding. Applications for the 2017/18 Better Indoor Stadiums Fund will open 27th March 2017 and close 16th August 2017.

The Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program provides Victorian Sporting Clubs with the opportunity to acquire an automated external defibrillator for their club or sports facility. Applications reopen on 24th March 2017 and close on 3rd May 2017.

The Significant Sporting Events Program assists sporting, community and event organisations to deliver sporting events in Victoria. The program, through the Event Assistance Grant and Event Development Grant categories, provides funding support for events that are at a national or international level and are supported or sanctioned by a recognised sporting authority.  Rolling applications are accepted.

The Country Football and Netball Program provides funding to assist country football and netball clubs to develop facilities through rural, regional and outer metropolitan councils. Funding of up to $100,000 is available under this program. Applications open 15th May 2017 and close on 26th July 2017.

The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to purchase uniforms and other equipment essential for participation, grants of up to $2,000 to improve the skills of club members by providing training for coaches, officials, administration staff and management committees, and grants for up to $5,000 to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of clubs through strategic planning or to increase community participation.

Three rounds of applications open over the 2017 period; the first of which (for 2016-17) opened on 7th December 2016 and closes on 15thFebruary 2017. Round 1 for 2017-18 opens on 19th June 2017  and closes 19th July 2017. The Round 2 (for 2017-18) opens 27thNovember 2017 and closes 24th January 2018.

The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program provides grants to improve Victorian athlete development pathways from community to national representation level. State sporting associations and peak bodies recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria can apply for grants of up to $6,000 for teams with a maximum of $1,000 per team member, and grants for individuals are available up to a maximum of $2,000. Victorian community organisations delivering sport and active recreation opportunities can apply for up to two grants per funding round of $750 each to assist athletes, coaches, officials and teams with travel costs of training and competition. Applications for Round 2 of 2016-17 open on 12th January 2017 and close 23rd Feb 2017.  Round 1 for 2017-18 open on 24th July 2017 and close on 28th August 2017.

The Emergency grants provides assistance to local sport and active recreation clubs to replace essential sporting or first aid equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of fire, theft or flood. Rolling applications are accepted. Grants of up to $2,000 are available.

Information on all of the above sport portfolio grants are available at: http://sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs

 

Veterans

There are a number of grant programs currently available for local communities to commemorate and educate residents about the service and sacrifice of veterans, and to help improve the welfare of veterans.

The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize provides students enrolled in years 9 and 10 in all Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent Schools in 2016 the opportunity to travel domestically and abroad to learn firsthand about Australia’s war history. Students need their parents' permission to enter the competition. Applications open from February 2017 and will close on 2nd October 2017.

The Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour program ensures local war memorials and honour rolls are restored to their original condition, or improved to reflect the service history of the local community. Grants of up to $20,000 per project are available. Applications for Round 1 open on 5th June 2017 and close 28th August 2017. Round 2 applications open 27th November 2017 and close 12th February 2018.

The Victoria Remembers program helps communities make personal connections with the Centenary of World War I, and assists projects or activities that commemorate other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Victorians have served. Grants of between $20,000 and $80,000 are available for projects with significant commemorative or educational benefit for Victoria's diverse community.

Applications for Round 2 2016-17 opened on 28th November 2016 and close on 14th February 2017. Applications for Round 1 2017-18 open on 5th June 2017 and close 28th August 2017. Applications for Round 2 open 27th November 2017 and close 12th February 2018.

The Anzac Centenary Community Grants program is administered by the Victorian Veterans Council, and is designed to leave a lasting legacy for future generations of those who served in World War I. Grants of up to $20,000 per project are available. Applications for Round 2 2016-17 opened on 28th November 2016 and close on 14th February 2017. Applications for Round 1 2017-18 open on 5th June 2017 and close 28th August 2017. Round 2 opens 27th November 2017 and closes 12th February 2018.

A fourth grant program, ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund provides practical assistance for veterans and their dependents who are in need. The Fund is distributed to organisations that provide welfare support to veterans. Applications open on 19th June 2017 and close 28th August 2017.

The Victorian Veterans Council has developed two separate programs under the Veterans Fund:

·         The Commemoration and Education Program provides funding for projects which honour or commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans and educates Victorians about the contribution made by our veterans in their service to the nation and the state. Opens 2nd October 2017 and close 11th December 2017.

·         The Education Assistance for Veterans' Dependants Program provides funding to organisations to assist with the educational needs of veterans' dependants. Opens 2nd October 2017 and close 11th December 2017.

More information on these grants, or other veteran-related initiatives can be found at http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/veterans/veterans-grants

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