New government funding opens to Victorians clubs

Friday 30 October, 2020
Photo: John Tonks
Victorian based Motorsport Australia affiliated clubs can now apply for funding thanks to the introduction of the new Community Motorsport Program.
Delivered by Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV), the Community Motorsport Program is the Victorian Government’s first dedicated motorsport investment program. The program will provide eligible clubs funding opportunities to support the delivery of infrastructure upgrades and equipment, build capacity and increase participation through programming, training, junior, women and girls’ participation and opportunities to host events and activities.
Available only to clubs affiliated with Motorsport Australia, Motorcycling Australia, the Australian National Drag Racing Association and Karting Australia, this program will allow clubs the opportunity to receive an extra boost in what has been a tough year. 
Clubs can apply for grants through two separate categories with up to $20,000 available via the Motorsport Club Assistance Category and up to $500,000 for Infrastructure Upgrades and Equipment.
The Motorsport Club Assistance program will provide the opportunity to upgrade safety and operational equipment, train volunteers and officials and improve participation amongst juniors and women.
Clubs requiring aid for facility equipment and both minor and major upgrades to the specific infrastructure at their facilities can apply to the Infrastructure Upgrades and Equipment category.
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence was pleased the Government could assist motorsport clubs around the country in some way. 
“Motorsport and motorcycling clubs are a safe space where people can compete and learn – this funding will help pave the way for the next generation of women and girls in motorsport, from grassroots to the professional level,” Spence said.
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca echoed Spence’s comments and believed the program be very beneficial. 
“The new Community Motorsport Program grants could not come at a more important time and will go a long way in helping grassroots clubs get back on track and doing what they do best,” Arocca added.
Clubs wanting to apply for the Motorsport Club Assistance Category have until 30 June 2022 to submit their application with the program to be considered over four assessment rounds between now and then.
It’s a far earlier deadline for those wanting to apply for the Infrastructure Upgrades and Equipment Category, with applications to be submitted by 21 December, 2020.
All applications can be made via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Club are encouraged to discuss their applications with Regional Development Executive, Daniel Gorgievski ([email protected])

Photo: Chantel Collins

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