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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    $500,000 in grants now open for Queensland sporting organisations

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    $500,000 in grants now open for Queensland sporting organisations

    Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones and Sport Minister Mick de Brenni have urged state sporting organisations to apply for a share of $500,000 in Embracing 2018 Sports Grants.

    Ms Jones said grants of up $80,000 are now available to Queensland groups which deliver sports featured in the Commonwealth Games.

    “Sporting clubs play an important role in communities around the state,” Ms Jones said.

    “This is a great opportunity for state sporting organisations to expand their activities within communities in the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year.

    “The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games offer incredible opportunity to inspire all Queenslanders to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

    “We hope the Games will boost sports participation at all levels, from grassroots to the elite sector.

    “This grants program is funded by the Australian Government and delivered through our Government’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ Embracing 2018 Legacy Program.

    “This program will deliver innovative participation and sport development projects to enable Queenslanders of all ages and abilities to get involved in Commonwealth Games sports at the grassroots level.”

    Organisations are invited to apply for funding, which could be targeted to children or adults who are not active; education and training activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; programs which decrease barriers to participation and enhance social cohesion; or coaching and officiating programs.

    Mr de Brenni said state sporting organisations were ideally placed to work with their networks of clubs and affiliates to develop proposals for funding under the Embracing 2018 Sports Grants program.

    “With such an amazing event being held in our state I have no doubt local clubs will be getting a lot of interest from kids and adults alike wanting to try out new sports,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “I know clubs in my local area, like Springwood Sharks Little As, are already excited about the potential of the Games to grow their sports.

    “It’s important that sports and clubs are prepared to make the most of Commonwealth Games fever and this funding will create fantastic opportunities for people to get involved.

    “The Embracing 2018 Sports Grants will enable people of all abilities to experience Commonwealth Games’ sports through prioritised funding for disability inclusion projects.

    “By providing this funding in the lead-up to the Games, we will help Queensland’s sports organisations deliver community sport well into the future.”

    Federal Minister for Sport Greg Hunt said the grants will help boost community sport in Queensland.

    “The Commonwealth Games will showcase Australia’s very best sporting talent and help inspire us all to get involved in sport,” Mr Hunt said.

    “These grants will help the next generation to achieve their sporting dreams, so I encourage sporting groups to apply.”

    The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from 4 - 15 April 2018.

    For more information on the Embracing 2018 Sports Grants program, go to www.embracing2018.com or email SRindustries@npsr.qld.gov.au.

    Media contact: Emma Clarey – 0437 069 516