New sport funding up for grabs

Sports clubs in Mitchell Shire will be supported to create new opportunities to get women, girls and less active Victorians playing sport thanks to $400,000 in VicHealth grants now up for grabs.

Labor MPs Danielle Green and Jaclyn Symes are encouraging local clubs to apply for the latest round of VicHealth’s latest Active Club Grants, which open today, in an effort to get more women and girls involved in sport and increase social sport opportunities in the area.

Ms Green – who is a former board member of VicHealth – said the funding would allow local sports clubs to provide more opportunities for Mitchell Shire residents to become more active and improve their health.

“This is about making grassroots sports more accessible to people in Mitchell Shire, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love,” Ms Green said.

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

Ms Symes encouraged local clubs to submit an application as soon as possible.

“With less than a third of us getting enough physical activity to benefit our health it is critical that sporting clubs are supported to offer more opportunities to get people moving,” Ms Symes said.

“Women’s participation in sport is still lower than men’s and these grants will help bring more women into sport across Mitchell Shire,” she said.

As part of VicHealth’s long-term plan to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives, Active Club Grants provide funding of up to $3,000 or up to $10,000 to community sport clubs to create more opportunities for women and girls and social sport options.

Social sport includes more flexible, fun and less-structured opportunities with a focus on social interaction, and less emphasis on performance, results and competition.

Clubs are encouraged to apply for the funding grants through the VicHealth website before round one closes at 4pm on Friday 22 September. For further information or to apply online, visit


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