Over $220,000 in grants awarded to local sport clubs
A joint effort from the Australian Sports Foundation and Australia Post has awarded over $220,000 in Giving4Grassroots™ (G4G™) grants to increase long-term sport participation amongst all genders, cultures, abilities and ages.
The Sport4Everyone program, which is the Sports Foundation’s national grants program, awarded 30 not-for-profit sports organisations with grants between $2,000 and $10,000.
Over 900 G4G™ grant applications were received by the Sports Foundation, and CEO Patrick Walker said the G4G™ project is determined to bridge the gap between all genders and cultures through sport.
“The G4G™ grants will enable more local clubs and organisations across Australia to offer programs which bring increased participation, new opportunities and provide positive experiences, regardless of an individual’s background or ability,” said Mr Walker.
“These local sporting groups are celebrating difference whilst recognising our fundamental similarities, such as the desire to be happy, healthy, respected and valued. The number and calibre of grant applications this year shows us there is real movement towards social inclusion within our communities,” he added.
Australia Post General Manager Marketing & Community, Andrea Pearman, congratulated the grant winners saying their projects will help connect the local community and lead to long-lasting participation and benefits.
“At Australia Post, we are passionate about creating a more inclusive society where all people feel they belong, are valued and difference is celebrated. We believe a welcoming and inclusive sporting environment improves attitudes and behaviours towards people from different walks of life, and importantly, promotes the value of connection,” said Ms Pearman.
The Sports Foundation was established by the Australian Government to support the development of sport. It is the only organisation in Australia able to provide a tax deduction for donations to sport.
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.