New funding grants to bolster WA sport and recreation in COVID-19 recovery

WA’s sport and recreation will get a boost with new funding grants to expedite projects and support the state’s COVID-19 recovery, the McGowan Government has revealed.

The government will fast-track $12 million in funding applications for the projects for local governments, not-for-profit sport, recreation or community groups to improve local sporting facilities and create jobs.

As part of the grants, local governments and community groups will be able to apply for up to $2 million in the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Funds (CSRFF) Annual and Forward Planning grants.

The grants will allow them to develop basic sustainable infrastructure to increase participation in sport and recreation including new playing surfaces, floodlighting and upgrades to change rooms.

Small grants will be brought forward four to six weeks and Annual and Forward Planning grants will be expedited by three months.

Successful projects will be announced in late 2020.

Applications will open on May 25 and close on September 11.

Meanwhile, the July 2020 small grants round will now open on June 2 and close on August 14.

The announcement came as WA recorded another day of zero new cases of COVID-19.

There are also currently no active cases in hospital.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said the funding was a boon to sport and recreation in the state.

“The CSRFF program has already helped fund scores of infrastructure projects around Western Australia over many years and these changes will expedite projects that are in the pipeline,” Mr Murray said.

“I’m pleased to announce a new initiative through which regional and remote Aboriginal communities can apply for up to 100 per cent of the eligible project cost.”

Premier Mark McGowan said the funding will assist the

“The CSRFF program will assist local governments and not-for-profit sport, recreation or community groups to get on with the job of upgrading local infrastructure as part of WA’s economic recovery,” Mr McGowan said.

“By fast tracking the next funding round, we can get these projects off the ground much faster, to provide better facilities for local sport participants and create local jobs sooner.”

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