VicHealth funding is available to get more women and girls involved in sport. Funding will be awarded to clubs looking to establish new female teams or to deliver new activities, programs or competitions.
More than two-thirds of Australian women aren’t getting enough exercise to benefit their health. Victoria’s community sport clubs have an important role to play in encouraging women and girls to get involved.
VicHealth research has found that there a number of reasons why women and girls are less likely to play sport, including:
- no suitable physical activity opportunities on offer
- the timing of the activity
- the perception that you need a high skill level to play the sport
- other competing priorities, like study, work, home life or family
- low confidence in their ability to play the sport
- difficulty in prioritising physical activity in their lives.
What's on offer?
VicHealth will support clubs to implement new sport participation opportunities specifically for women and girls. This includes costs to establish new teams, activities, programs or competitions.
VicHealth will provide clubs with funding for:
- core equipment needed by the club to conduct sporting activity for women and girls (e.g. fit-for-purpose uniforms, bats and balls)
- start-up costs associated with participation activities or programs that attract women and girls who would not normally participate in sport (e.g. costs to implement modified programs)
- injury prevention items to ensure safe participation for women and girls (e.g. goal padding, helmets)
- a combination of the above.
If you have established a new team, activity, program or competition for women or girls in your club from 1 January 2015 onwards, you are eligible to submit an application to help strengthen or expand on opportunities for participation.
VicHealth will be assessing applications based on the following criteria:
- What is the participation opportunity your club intends to implement for women and girls?
- Why is your club looking at introducing the opportunity for women and girls?
- When will the participation opportunity commence? Note: it must commence within six months of receiving the grant.
- Who and how many participation opportunities will be created for women and girls to participate in sport activities provided by the club? (e.g. introduction of a new female team providing 12 players with opportunities to participate over 16 weeks)
- How will the participation opportunity for women and girls continue to run beyond the initial VicHealth funded period? (e.g. continuity of program or team)
- Who will you partner with to support your activities, and what role will these partners play to ensure a successful participation opportunity for women and girls? (e.g. State Sporting Association, Regional Sports Assembly, local government)
When assessing your grant application, VicHealth will take into account the social and economic disadvantage in your club’s local area. We will do this using the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA).