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Sporting grants of up to $100,000 available from Council

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SPORTING groups considering improvements to change rooms, making alterations to canteens or other facility improvements should consider applying for Wollongong City Council’s new Sports Facilities Grant program.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said funding from $5,000 to $100,000 is on offer to help sporting groups attract and retain more players in their sport and to broaden their offer to all people in the community.

“We have more than 67 sports fields throughout the city and these offer fun, games and social opportunities to tens of thousands of sportspeople of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels,” Mayor Bradbery said.

“We want to encourage more people, and in particular girls and women, to take part in a sport or sporting activity. And while we know sporting clubs and associations play an integral part in keeping people active, healthy and socially connected, we understand there are many challenges for local sporting groups.

“The purpose of the new Sports Facilities Grant program is to assist clubs and associations to providing suitable training and competition facilities, or even just improve the canteen so that it can help provide a much-needed additional funding source for clubs.”

The Sports Facilities Grant program aims to support local sporting groups by providing a funding opportunity for capital renewal and enhancement projects on sports grounds and facilities on Council-owned and managed land.

Grant applications must align with Council’s Sportsground & Sporting Facilities Strategy 2017-2021 and should be focusing on either of the following:

  • Increase sportsground capacity
  • Renew and enhance existing sporting Infrastructure with a focus on gender equity, accessibility and storage
  • Invest in infrastructure to support and accommodate emerging sports and independent recreational pursuits.

For more information on the Strategy visit Council’s website.

All applications for grant funding must be submitted on the application form available on at Council’s website. These will be assessed by representatives of Council’s Sports & Facilities Reference Group.

Applications open July 15 and will close at 5pm on Friday August 9 2019

For more information call (02) 4227 7111.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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