TRAVEL GRANTS TO HELP LOCAL ATHLETES SHINE

Rising sporting stars of tomorrow are being encouraged to apply for the Andrews Labor Government’s2019-20 Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program to help them take their game to the next level.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said applications officially opened for the latest round of the Labor Government’s grant program.

The program helps emerging and high-performance Victorian athletes, teams, coaches and officials to realise their sporting potential through grants that remove the barrier of travel and accommodation costs.

There are two categories of grants:
• Organisations recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria can apply for grants of up to $6,000 for teams or up to $1,500 for individuals to travel to compete at national championships or trials
• Victorian sport and recreation clubs can apply for grants of up to $2,000 for teams or $750 for individuals to help with travel and accommodation costs related to competition or training for athletes, teams, coaches and officials.

Since the grants were introduced by the Victorian Government in 2015, support has been provided to 1,321 teams and individual athletes to help them reach their goal.

The grants are part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.

Across Victoria it has invested more than $850 million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014. The second round of the Program is open until 27 March 2020.

For further information on the program visit: www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/athlete-pathwaytravel-grants-program

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garret:

“The Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program enables Victoria’s rising athletes to take the step from community to national competition, it’s helping them realise their true sporting potential.”

“Australia is a vast country and Victorian athletes often have to travel long distances at significant cost to pursue their sporting dreams. The Victorian Government is helping them get there.”