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Indigenous Sport and Recreation Programme funding.



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Tuesday, 11 September 2007

INDIGENOUS SPORT AND RECREATION PROGRAMME FUNDING

John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee is encouraging Indigenous individuals and groups across the Mallee to apply for funding under the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Programme (ISRP).

Mr Forrest said the focus of funding each year is on activities that require physical participation that promotes the health, wellbeing and fitness of participants.

The Indigenous Sport and Recreation Programme is an Australian Government initiative that provides funding to individuals, community groups, organisations and the Australian Sports Commission to increase the active participation of Indigenous Australians of all ages, including those with disabilities. It promotes drug-free participation in activities to build and maintain respect for players, officials and spectators.

Mr Forrest said the types of activities the annual funding round will support are recreational activities, camps, carnivals and competitions. He said the small grants programme could provide funds for individuals or sporting teams to compete in sport and physical recreation events.

He said the funds can also be used for venue or grounds hire, purchase of sport and physical recreation equipment and the purchase of uniforms and payment of registration fees for sport and physical recreation events.

Although funding opportunities are advertised nationally in early December, with applications not due until the following February, Mr Forrest said it was important that Indigenous individuals and groups were aware of this funding opportunity in advance, to allow for planning.

For further information on the ISRP including a copy of the ISRP Guidelines see www.dcita.gov.au/indig

For a copy of the ISRP brochure contact the office of John Forrest on (03) 5032 4510.

Media contact Cath O’Connor

Phone (03) 5032 4510

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407