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New swimming grants to get communities moving

01 October 2019

Sport Australia is helping increase opportunities for people with disabilities and diverse backgrounds to take up swimming.

Swimming Australia’s Community Swimming Grants Program allows organisations to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects that increase physical activity and reduce barriers to access.

The initiative is funded by the Australian Government’s Move it AUS – Participation grants program, delivered by Australia’s peak sporting body Sport Australia.

Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said the initiative aims to make swimming as accessible as possible so more Australians could benefit from sport and physical activity.

“Swimming is a hugely popular sport in Australia, and the great thing about swimming is that it can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life, at every stage of life.

“Supporting more Australians to get more active more often is a priority for our Government and we’re delighted to be working with Swimming Australia to deliver greater access to swimming and aquatic activities for up to 3,200 people through this program.

“Within this program, grants may be used to subsidise the costs associated with delivering swimming and aquatics activities such as entry fees, lane hire or membership fees.

The Move It AUS - Participation grant program is already delivering 62 projects across the country to provide great new ways to get more Australians moving.

Swimming Australia’s Chief of Sport Performance, Matthew Kennedy, said it was fantastic to be able to offer the grants through the Move it AUS campaign.

“We are aiming to increase physical activity and remove barriers to participation that will assist in getting more Australians moving,” Kennedy said.

“These barriers can include cost, transport and language and cultural differences.

“We know physical activity delivers a range of physical and mental health benefits and has a positive flow on effect within communities.”

For more information and to apply for Swimming Australia’s Community Swimming Grants Program, go to www.swimming.org.au/community-swimming-grants.

Swimming Australia’s Community Swimming Grants Program allows organisations to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects that increase physical activity and reduce barriers to access.

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
  • Aquatics facilities
  • Swim Clubs
  • Other aquatics sport clubs (e.g. Water Polo Clubs etc.)
  • Community organisations
  • Charity organisations
  • Councils
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • State or Territory Sport Organisations
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