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41 SA community sporting clubs named to receive $5.5M in Government grants 

The latest round of the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program investments have been decided, with 41 projects set to receive a boost

In a move to support community sport and active recreation across the state, the SA Government has announced a $5.5 million funding injection. This latest round of the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program will see 41 projects across the state benefit from substantial financial support aimed at upgrading and developing sporting clubs and active recreation facilities.

This funding initiative represents a crucial investment in the community’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being, offering more than just financial aid; it aims to foster a sense of belonging and inclusivity through sport. With over $5.5 million allocated, the successful applicants have collectively managed to secure more than $8 million in co-funding, pushing the total project value to over $13.5 million. This considerable financial pooling will also support 55 full-time jobs during the construction phase across South Australia.

The range of projects benefiting from this funding is diverse, covering everything from the installation of 500 lux LED lights at the Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre for Gymnastics SA, to substantial infrastructural enhancements at the Mypolonga Combined Sports Club. The latter is set to receive the maximum grant amount of $500,000 for the construction of two unisex changerooms, umpire changerooms, netball amenities, a timekeepers’ box, solar panels, and a canteen.

The distribution of funds reflects a balanced approach, with $2.7 million allocated to 15 metropolitan projects, $1.5 million dedicated to 13 regional projects, and $1.2 million directed towards 13 projects in the greater metropolitan area. This strategic allocation ensures that both urban and rural communities benefit from improved sports and recreation facilities.

Of the 41 approved projects, nearly half requested less than $50,000, indicating a strong focus on small to medium-sized projects that have a direct impact on community engagement and participation in sports. The remaining 18 projects requested between $50,000 and $500,000, demonstrating the program’s flexibility in catering to a wide range of needs and ambitions.

Katrine Hildyard MP, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing expressed her enthusiasm for the program’s impact, stating, “Congratulations to the local sporting clubs and organisations who have received funding through the latest round of the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program.” She emphasized the importance of these upgrades and developments, noting that they enable more community members to “come together to connect, be active and enjoy a sense of belonging through sport.”

Highlighting the program’s inclusive approach, Minister Hildyard also shared her delight in seeing 15 applicants, who were unsuccessful in the previous round, secure funding this year. This success is a thanks to the commitment and efforts of volunteers who tirelessly work towards improving their clubs and communities. She encouraged those who missed out to apply in future rounds, reaffirming the government’s ongoing commitment to funding sport and recreation projects.

The $5.5 million investment aims to build stronger, healthier, and more inclusive communities across South Australia. By supporting the development and upgrade of local sporting clubs and recreation facilities, the grants will ensure that South Australians have greater access to places and spaces that promote well-being, community connection, and active lifestyles.

Please click here for a full list of approved grants.

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