Kymberly Martin

Funding boost for disability sport and recreation in Victoria

Seventy nine of Victoria’s sport and recreation organisations will share in more than $6.3 million in funding over four years from the state’s Together More Active (TMA) initiative. The TMA grant program supports projects that increase participation in sport and active recreation by building a more sustainable and inclusive sport and recreation sector. Eight disability sports organisations will benefit from the funding boost.

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The aim is to boost the capacity and sustainability of sport and recreation organisations and help them to do more for their members and communities by creating participation opportunities and building membership and new program offerings. The grants are also intended to increase equity, diversity and inclusiveness of the sport and recreation sector in Victoria.

The new program, which runs from from 2019 to 2023, commenced in July. As an ongoing commitment by the Victorian government it replaces the Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation program.

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The 79 organisations will roll out 147 projects across 13 themes including disability, workforce development, diversity and inclusion, Indigenous pathways, governance and leadership, safety and integrity. Of the total number of projects, 37 focus on Access for all Abilities (AAA), 17 on diversity and inclusion and eight on Aboriginal pathways.

In addition to the project funding, TMA has funded Regional Sports Assemblies (RSAs) and Vicsport to deliver on a range of sector capacity building initiatives. RSAs have also been funded to deliver on AAA and Diversity and Inclusion outcomes.

Successful funding recipients include:

  • Blind Sports Victoria 
  • Deaf Sports Australia 
  • Disability Sport & Recreation 
  • Disabled Wintersport Australia 
  • Paddle Victoria 
  • Paralympics Australia 
  • Special Olympics Victoria 
  • Sport Inclusion Australia.

To date, TMA has supported 109 organisations with a total of $18 million invested into programs that encourage a more active and inclusive Victoria. For a list of projects supported through TMA, visit sport.vic.gov.au. The Program Guidelines and further information can be downloaded here.

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