- $1 million Targeted Participation Program encourages groups usually disengaged with sport to get involved
- Medium and small grants rounds now open, with eligible organisations encouraged to apply
- Large grants allocated to community sport organisations, including Edmund Rice Centre, Communicare, and the Wirrpanda Foundation
Local community and sporting organisations are being encouraged to apply to share in $1 million in funding from the State Government's Targeted Participation Program (TPP).
The TPP provides funding to organisations to promote participation from people and social groups which often do not engage with sport or recreation.
The program has this year already awarded grants of up to $150,000 to important community sport organisations including, Edmund Rice Centre, Communicare, the Wirrpanda Foundation, and Koya Aboriginal Corporation.
Applications are now open for projects in the $1,000-$15,000 and $15,001-$50,000 grant categories.
The program targets projects that increase participation in physical activity and encourage pathways into community sport and active recreation. Funding may be used for such things as training volunteers, workshops, venue and equipment hire, transport and travel and administration.
State sporting associations, peak industry bodies, community organisations, local government and clubs are each eligible in certain categories.
The TPP is a joint McGowan Government initiative led by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray and Health Minister Roger Cook.
For more information, application deadlines and how to apply, visit http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/tpp
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"There is so much more to sport and recreation than where you finish. It really can change lives.
"In many cases, all some people need is for opportunities to join a team to be made available for them locally.
"The TPP has been shown to have incredible impacts for groups that ordinarily do not get involved in sport, promoting healthy lifestyles, community engagement, and all of the other wonderful benefits sport can provide beyond the playing field."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Encouraging people to stay fit and healthy leads to a better quality of life and reduces pressure on our public health system. Western Australia has a growing obesity epidemic which is leading to increased rates of diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke.
"Being a member of a community sports club not only keeps you fit, it provides purpose and friendship which improves our mental health and wellbeing. The McGowan Government funding for the Targeted Participation Program is an important way to deliver physical and mental health benefits to the people of Western Australia."
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Health Minister's office - 6552 6500