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15 October 2021

The Andrews Labor Government is ready to partner with local councils to build new and transform existing sport and active recreation facilities that result in enhanced participation opportunities for more Victorians.

Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman today announced that applications for the 2021-22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund are now open.

Up to $27 million is available to deliver new and improved facilities across the state, with a particular focus on providing facilities to encourage participation among women and girls.

With a number of clubs and communities doing it tough over the course of the pandemic, the fund will help to stimulate local economies and a return to sport by investing in critical community infrastructure.

The fund supports projects across five funding streams including Indoor Stadiums/Aquatic Centres, Female Friendly Facilities, Community Sports Lighting, Community Facilities, and Planning.

Highlights of the 2021-22 round include a new maximum grant amount for Female Friendly Facilities of up to $800,000 to support more women and girls securing the benefits of participation in sport and active recreation. Further, the Planning Stream has been re-introduced to support municipal and regional planning projects that determine future sport and active recreation needs.

Since 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has invested $1.1 billion in community sport and active recreation infrastructure. The Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of a suite of infrastructure programs including the World Game Facilities Fund, Community Motorsport Program and the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme. 

Interested clubs are advised to contact their local council to help with the application process. For more information or to apply online visit   

“Sporting clubs are the lifeblood of our community, and they deserve modern, accessible and safe facilities.”

“Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw in bigger crowds. This funding is a terrific opportunity for our community.