Funding boost for flood affected grassroots sport
Grassroots sporting organisations in eight flood affected local government areas (LGAs) will benefit from almost $12 million in NSW Government support to help get community sport back in action.
Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the $12 million program was supporting the repair and reconstruction of 61 community sporting facilities damaged in the February-March 2022 floods with grants of between $15,000 and $500,000.
“Grassroots sport plays a critical role in the fabric of our communities, keeping people healthy, active and socially connected,” Mr Henskens said.
“This funding will repair and rebuild community sporting facilities that were damaged by the devastating floods earlier this year, and help communities get back playing the sports they love.”
The funding is the first tranche of a $55 million NSW Government commitment to help community sport return in flood affected communities.
Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the second round of community sport flood funding, totalling $43 million, is now available in 74 LGAs impacted by the February-March and June-July floods.
“Repairing community infrastructure after the devastating flood events we’ve seen this year is essential to boosting local economies and jobs, as well as to helping residents get back to a sense of normality, which is one of the most important parts of the recovery process,” Ms Cooke said.
The $43 million Essential Community Sport Assets Program includes two funding steams:
- Stream One - offering $33 million to 74 LGAs with grants of between $150,000 and $1 million available; and
- Stream Two – offering $10 million to sporting organisations and organisations that deliver sports programs, with grants of between $15,000 and $500,000 available.
Applications for the Essential Community Sport Assets Program close Friday, 9 December 2022. Get more information on the Office of Sport website.