The Morrison Government’s $19.6 million Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity grants program is now open.

Luke Howarth MP, Federal Member for Petrie, is encouraging local organisations to apply for the grants, which aim to break down the barriers to people getting active and bring communities together.

“Australia is one of the world’s great sporting nations but not all Aussies come from sporting backgrounds,” Mr Howarth said.

“Playing sport is a great way to be a part of the community so it’s important we provide a helping hand for people to get involved, particularly people with disabilities, new migrants and indigenous people.

“These grants will also help build on the fantastic participation boom our Government is supporting in women and girls’ sport.

“We want everyone to feel welcome to join in at our local sporting clubs because sport is a big part of our way of life in Petrie.”

Special Olympics gold medallist and Bracken Ridge resident Jay Nardi said the grants were a great way to promote inclusion in sports.

“In Australia we like to give things a go so these grants will give the opportunity to those who might find it a little harder to participate a go,” said Mr Nardi.

The grants are open to applications from not-for-profit organisations including local community organisations, sporting organisations and local government entities and are available to assist the following community groups get involved in sport and recreational activities:

  • newly arrived migrants and refugees
  • people with a physical or mental disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
  • women.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • engaging with community organisations to deliver sport and physical activity projects
  • coaching clinics to teach sports skills and techniques
  • participation in local sports competition
  • instruction in exercise and physical activity classes delivered by qualified instructors
  • research and data collection; and
  • recruitment and engagement of translators required to deliver the activities.

Grants close 2pm on Thursday 12 December Australian Eastern Daylight Time (1pm Queensland time). Further information about the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant Opportunity (GO2645) is available from the GrantConnect website.