Federal Government announce Community Sport Infrastructure Grants

Community Sport Infrastructure Grants now available

Sport Australia, the Australian Government's lead agency for sport and physical activity, yesterday announced the launch of a new grant program and landmark report about the significant value of Community Sport Infrastructure.

According to the Value of Community Sport Infrastructure report released by Sport Australia today, community sport infrastructure generates more than $16.2 billion worth of social, health and economic benefits each year. The report produced in partnership with KPMG and La Trobe University, demonstrates that the impact and value of community sport infrastructure extends far beyond the cost of the facilities.

In particular, the report shows the impact and value of community sport infrastructure provides at least:

  • $6.3 billion worth of economic benefits, including construction, maintenance and operation
  • $5.1 billion of social benefits, including community cohesion and mental wellbeing, and;
  • $4.9 billion worth of health benefits due to promoting physical activity.

In addition to the report, Sport Australia announced the Australian Government's $29.7 million Community Sport Infrastructure grants program, launched by Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade and develop community sport infrastructure in 2018-19. Applications are open from today until 14 September 2018. This new grant program will support local communities to develop facilities that encourage greater levels of participation in community sport and physical activity. Program guidelines and information regarding the Community Sport Infrastructure grant program is available at www.sportaus.gov.au/csi.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact communitysportinfrastructure@ausport.gov.au or +61 2 6214 1201.

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