Scot MacDonald
5th Sep 2017

Local sports clubs in the Hunter are being invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000, with Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC saying the focus this year is encouraging more talented girls and young women into sport programs.

$50,000 has been allocated for successful projects between $250 and 20,000 within each of the electorates of Lake Macquarie, Swansea, Wallsend, Charlestown, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Cessnock and Maitland.

“Around half of all Australian boys are active through a sports club during their childhood compared with just 33 per cent of girls, and the participation rate for girls drops sharply after girls turn 12,” Mr MacDonald said.

“I encourage all local clubs and sporting organisations to use this opportunity to boost their female programs and events, because we want to see girls not only take to the field, but stay on the field.”

Thousands of local clubs across the State are now eligible to apply for funding under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program. There are four project types within the Program, these being: Sport Club Development, Community Sport Events, Sport Access and Facility Development. The grants will cover initiatives such as new sport programs, upgrades to facilities or projects that improve participation in sport.

Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the program is part of a $10 million sport grants package announced by the NSW Government.

“Women’s sport is the fastest growing area of many codes and we are now seeing more big name sponsors and media networks recognising the public’s appetite for prime time viewing,  but more needs to be done, including cultivating participation at a grass roots level,” Mr Ayres said

“From the bush to the city, sport is the lifeblood that unites communities. This is not just about female programs though, I encourage all sporting groups to apply for grants that will help people of all ages and abilities get involved in their local club or become more active.”

Grants are now open until 6 October 2017. For more information visit or phone 13 13 02. 

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