VICHEALTH’S $700K FUNDING FOR ACTIVE CLUBS NOW OPEN

VICHEALTH’S $700K FUNDING FOR ACTIVE CLUBS NOW OPEN

Posted on 13. Dec, 2010 in Clayton Update

Sports clubs in the Clayton electorate are encouraged to apply for VicHealth grants of up to $2,500 each for new equipment, injury prevention equipment, portable shade and volunteer training.

Applications for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) 2010/2011 Active Club Grants funding can be submitted now until 9 February 2011.

A total of $700,000 is available to local sporting clubs, regional sporting leagues and associations and local active recreation clubs across Victoria.

“The grants aim to make it easier for clubs to fund items or activities that help them to improve safety and to reach out to new participants,” MP Hong Lim said.

“Each year the grants support more Victorians to become active and this is increasingly important as we see the impact of a lack of physical activity in the growing numbers of Australians with chronic diseases and other health problems.”

More than 8,400 sporting codes and clubs across Victoria have received Active Club Grants over the 21 years VicHealth has provided this support. Over this period, more than 1 million club members have been able to access safer and better equipped clubs with more trained volunteers.

VicHealth CEO, Todd Harper, said physical inactivity is responsible for more than 13,000 deaths per year in Australia and costs the health system $400 million in direct health care costs. 

“We’re keen to encourage the involvement of people who are currently inactive, or who face barriers to taking part in sport,” Mr Harper said.

“This may include Indigenous communities, people from culturally diverse communities, people with disabilities and those who live in rural or low socio-economic communities.

“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.”

This year’s grants also focus on people aged over 60, who traditionally have low rates of sports participation and young people aged five to 17-years-old.

Eligible sport and recreation organisations are invited to apply for this grant online at www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub or to post completed applications to VicHealth, 15-31 Pelham Street, Carlton, VIC 3053. The funding round closes 4pm Wednesday 9 February 2011. 

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