PMSO funded sports grants now open

Applications for grants up to $10,000 are now available following funds raised at the inaugural Prime Ministers’ Sporting Oration in Melbourne last November.

Monies raised through the event will be distributed by the Australian Sports Foundation through its Giving4Grassroots™ Sport4Everyone grant program.

G4G™ is the Sports Foundation’s national grants program and funds initiatives and projects aimed at increasing participation in grassroots and community sport throughout Australia, regardless of background or ability.

The G4G™ grants focus on the four PMSO cause areas; Women & Girls in Sport, Inclusion & Diversity, Physical Activity and Leadership & Decision-Making.

Sports Foundation Chief Executive, Patrick Walker, said the grants will make a positive impact to successful not-for-profit sports organisations and to the wider community.

“We are grateful to the PMSO sponsors, dinner guests and generous donors who provided the funding for this G4G™ grant round. They will be providing an important legacy for many communities across the country,” said Mr Walker.

“These grants will provide recipients with more opportunities for active sports participation within their local community. Sport is the common language of our country, and this grant is an important step towards more people participating in sport and leading a more active and healthier lifestyle.

“A quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese and that figure could rise to 33% by 2025, while physical inactivity is the fourth-leading cause of chronic health problems in Australia. These are just two reasons why we want to get more Australians more active, more often,” he added.

PMSO Organising Committee Chair, Campbell Rose, said he was delighted the signature event has been able to contribute to grassroots clubs.

“Grassroots sport is grossly under-funded in Australia. We must continue to build and invest in sport at a grassroots level because this is fundamental to creating a healthy, active and inclusive society. It is also the base from which our future champions and sports role models will emerge,” said Mr Rose.

Grant applications close on April 22 and successful clubs will be notified in the week commencing May 20

Grant applications can be made at www.asf.org.au

NewsDavid Turner