Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is encouraging local community groups to apply for new swimming grants to enable or improve opportunities for people with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds to enjoy this great Aussie past-time.
Working in partnership with Swimming Australia, the Community Swimming Grants Program* allows organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $10,000.
The initiative is delivered as part of the Morrison Government’s $28.9 million Move It AUS – Participation Grants Program.
Mr Entsch said swimming was a big part of our way of life in Far North Queensland and is a great way to stay active and healthy at any age.
“However, some people in our community need a bit of extra support to be able to enjoy the benefits of swimming, particularly if they have a disability or don’t have a strong swimming culture in their family,” Mr Entsch said.
“These new Community Swimming Grants provide a great opportunity for local community groups to get funding to share the love of swimming with more people in Far North Queensland.”
Federal Youth and Sport Minister Richard Colbeck said the initiative aimed to make swimming as accessible as possible so more Australians could benefit from sport and physical activity.
“Within this program, grants may be used to subsidise the costs associated with delivering swimming and aquatic activities such as entry fees, lane hire or membership fees,” Mr Colbeck said.
“Supporting more Australians to get more active more often is a priority for our government and we are delighted to be working with Swimming Australia to deliver greater access to swimming and aquatics for up 3,200 people through this program.
“The Morrison Government has a plan to make Australia the world’s most active and healthy nation. To do that, we need to break down the barriers that limit Australians from being more active.”
For further information and to apply for Swimming Australia’s Community Swimming Grants Program visit www.swimming.org.au/community-swimming-grants.
*Who can apply for funding?
Organisations with the capability to provide or facilitate the provision of swimming and aquatics activities including but not limited to learn to swim, water safety, aquatics fitness or play and competitive swimming programs and activities.
*Eligible organisations may include: ·
Learn to swim providers
Aqua fitness providers
Other aquatics sport clubs (e.g. Water Polo Clubs etc)
State or Territory Sport Organisation