Almost $20 million is now available to help communities promote social inclusion and improve health outcomes through sport, through the government’s Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity grants program.

Application are now open for not-for-profit organisations, including local community groups, sporting clubs and local government entities.

The program is part of the government’s $71 million investment in social cohesion initiatives to build stronger communities, and a plan to make Australia the world’s most active sporting nation.

“Playing sport and engaging in physical activity is great for our physical and mental health, so we want to make sure more Aussies get more active, more often,” Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck said.

“Our government’s national Sport 2030 plan is to make Australia the world’s most active sporting nation, and to do that we need everyone joining in.”

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Meanwhile sport can also be a great way for migrants to build connections and improve their English language skills.

“Sport plays an important role in the lives of so many Australians and is a great way to bring communities together and strengthen Australia’s multicultural successes,” Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman said.

“So many of our greatest athletes have migrated to Australia, and the achievements in sport of people of all backgrounds is a key part of the Australian story.
“We want everyone to feel welcome to join in at our local sporting clubs and it is important we provide a helping hand for people to get involved.”

To find out if your organisation is eligible, and to apply, visit the GrantConnect website.