Sport in Western Australia is set to benefit from an increased funding allocation to make facilities accessible to women in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) program.
The CSRFF provides $12 million a year to community groups and local governments to develop infrastructure for sport and recreation. The last round of the program allocated more than $3 million to projects which provide change rooms and facilities for women.
Applications for the latest round of funding are now open, with changes to the program for 2020-21 including:
- An increase in base funding set aside for women’s facilities, to $500,000; and
- A 50 per cent increase in the maximum project cost for small grants, from $200,000 to $300,000, reducing red tape and paperwork for applicants.
The CSRFF aims to increase participation in sport and recreation by helping build well-designed and well-utilised facilities for grassroots sporting organisations around the State.
For application guidelines and to apply, visit https://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/facilities-(csrff)
As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
“I invite all sporting associations around the State to get their applications in for infrastructure and facilities upgrades at their clubs.
“We’re doubling the amount set aside for women’s facilities because there was such an overwhelming demand in the last round, following the State Government’s commitment to support the big growth in women’s sport.
“By increasing the maximum project cost for small grants to $300,000, projects such as floodlighting, irrigation upgrades, and bowling green and tennis court conversions will be able to be considered in the small grants rounds, reducing the burden of red tape and paperwork on sporting associations.”
As stated by Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
“Last year the McGowan Government introduced WA’s first fund aimed at improving change rooms and other facilities to properly accommodate women’s sport.
“The fund’s success in that short time speaks for itself, and I’m delighted to see more funding being set aside to give women and girls decent facilities at community sporting clubs.
“While Australian women are shining on the international sporting stage, we know that grassroots sporting opportunities are a vital pathway to women and girls accessing sport.”