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Darebin Council Update
Date of Event North Metro Cricket Association: Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:12PM

19 AUGUST

Hi Neil and NMCA, as we count down the weeks to return to play for community sport, now is a great time to start club planning for the summer and pre-season period ahead. To kick this off, we're offering recovery grants for sport organisations in Darebin...

APPLY NOW FOR DAREBIN SPORT RECOVERY GRANTS
Council's Recovery Grants form part of our COVID-19 response package and aim to support businesses and community organisations adapt to the challenges of operating within the pandemic restrictions. This is a competitive grants program and there are three streams of Recovery Grants available now: Sport, Business, and Cultural Infrastructure. Further streams for community groups and social enterprises will open shortly.

Sporting clubs and organisations can apply for a grant of up to $5000 to help the club attract or retain players with a focus on inclusion, improve their financial sustainability, or deliver a COVID-safe environment for community sport. Read the grant guidelines for more information.

Start planning now, applications need to be submitted online through our Smarty Grants online portal and will close at midnight on Monday 21 September.

Need help on how to write the grant? Council will hold online grant writing workshops for sports clubs and businesses that need help with their applications on 21,27,28 August.
READ GRANT GUIDELINES
SUBMIT AN APPLICATION ONLINE
JOIN A GRANT WRITING INFO SESSION
Need support or advice on grants, or how your club can respond strongly to COVID challenges?
Get in touch with Adam our Sport Development Officer and the Leisure Services Team on 8470 8138 or email Adam.Feiner@darebin.vic.gov.au
5 WAYS YOUR CLUB CAN RESPOND TO COVID AND WIN THIS GRANT
The recovery grants program comes at a great time for sports clubs to plan and act in response to COVID, rebuild your club capacity and participation again. For example:
  • Do sport differently: How can your club encourage equity and diversity, targeting people facing disadvantage and barriers to sport activity? Think also about shorter, modified, flexible and social versions of your sport to offer this summer for all ages and abilities. For example, programs such as Soccer MumsAFL 9sOpen Court Sessions or Cardio TennisBowling with BabiesRugby Switch 7s and more.
  • Build up your club's mental fitness: Could you setup a player support program? Explore education sessions for teams/players from providers such as SALTTackle Your Feelings (AFL), Outside the Locker RoomR U OKTomorrow ManRead the PlayBlack Dog Institute and others. Also, training courses such as mental health first aid.
  • Give some players a financial kick start: Could the club explore a player subsidy program to help disadvantaged players who can’t afford to pay their fees to play, or purchase uniforms and equipment?
  • Be COVID-Safe: Re-visit your club's return to play plans and sport guidelines. What went well, what could be better? Apply for funding to get the resources you need to be ready to return to play. 
  • Go digital: Would you say your club is truly online? It's essential now with COVID. Do you need to revamp your website, promote your Facebook page, or Google search ranking? Does your committee need some online tools to help operate the club?
QUICK SINGLES
Need some shade at your club facility? The state government's Community Shade Grants Program is now open with grants for shade development structures or sun protection items. Sports clubs are eligible. Closes 11 September. Apply now
Did you miss the Doing Sport Differently Webinar Series? 
Last updated: Sunday August 23, 2020 1:14PM
Author: Neil Riley