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Sports Foundation grants help increase participation
The Australian Sports Foundation’s ongoing grants and funding initiatives are continuing to aid increasing participation in grassroots and community sport throughout Australia.
The Foundation’s Giving4Grassroots™ (G4G™) national grants program has recently issued $131,407 in Giving4Grassroots™ (G4G™) to 23 sports clubs around Australia meaning that, over the past two years, more than 72 community and grassroots clubs have benefited from grants totaling more than $419,000.
The successful clubs are: AFL Goulburn Murray ($7,500), Algester Hawks Basketball Club ($9,450), Bayswater Lacrosse Club ($4,000), Belconnen Magpies Football Club ($3,000), Blue Mountains Netball Association ($2,000), Brunswick Hockey Club ($2,500), Canberra Off-Road Cyclists ($8,000), Coconuts Outrigger Canoe Club ($5,725), Bathurst Community Opportunity Shop ($10,000), Cooloola Trail Care Alliance ($4,800), Darwin Basketball Association ($8,468), Dragons Rowing Club ($5,980), International Indigenous Football Academy ($5,000), Largs Bay Sailing Club ($3,000), Northern Territory Softball Association ($10,000), Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association ($3,440), Primal Ultimate Club ($4,500), South Alice Springs Sporting Club ($5,000), Southern Districts Football Club ($10,000), Sunshine Coast Paddlesports Club ($2,484), Tasmanian Gaelic Football and Hurling Club ($8,000), Sylvania Junior Rugby Club ($4,000) and Tumut Basketball Association ($4,560).
Sports Foundation Chief Executive Patrick Walker (pictured) said G4G™ monies awarded in this grant round will fund programs which encourage more adults to participate and experience the positive health and social benefits that sport provides.
Walker explained “the successful 23 clubs stood out among the 500 grant applications we received, and we look forward to more local adults participating in sport soon.
“Sport plays a significant role in bringing communities together and help us live more active and social lives.
Recent research reveals that between the ages of 17 to 25 is when adults are at their most active with almost 30% participating in sport, however that participation in sport drops dramatically with age. Only 16% of adults aged 45 to 54 are participating in sport, this number is less for those aged 55 and above.
Waljer added “this G4G™ grant can effect change locally by getting more adults and parents to participate in sport. Consequently, they will become positive and healthy role models for children.”
G4G™ provides individual grants of up to $10,000 twice yearly to community and grassroots not-for-profit sports clubs and organisations across Australia.
The Sports Foundation also operates Fundraising4Sport (F4S) which helps sports and community clubs raise funds, via tax deductible donations, for specific fundraising programs.
The Sports Foundation is listed in the Income Tax Assessment Act as a Deductible Gift Recipient and donations of $2 or more to Sports Foundation projects are tax deductible.
More information on the Australian Sports Foundation can be found at www.asf.org.au
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