Time for Local Kids to Get Started

15/01/2013

Local State Members have announced applications are now open for the Get Started component of the Newman Government's $18 million grassroots funding support program.

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said $6 million had been allocated to the Get Started program over the next three years, which would provide up to 40,000 vouchers.

"Get Started is designed to help kids who can least afford, or would otherwise benefit from getting involved in sport, with vouchers of up to $150 to help pay for membership and participation fees at a registered club," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"This grassroots sporting initiative is another way the Newman Government is helping ease the cost of living for Queensland families."

Mr Seath Holswich said more than 35 clubs across Pine Rivers and Kallangur electorates had already applied to be registered for Get Started, part of the LNP's Get in the Game initiative for children and young people.

"This is a huge response which underscores the positive feedback from local clubs, which say the program will benefit their members and help them provide better services," Mr Holswich said.

The funding will be distributed in two rounds each year on a first come, first served basis.

Application forms for Get Started, as well as information on the Get Going and Get Playing components of Get in the Game, are now available online at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.

All applications must be made via the website.

"Get Going will see $10,000 grants paid directly to local sporting clubs to help them grow through the purchase of new sporting equipment or the promotion of new membership initiatives," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"The Get Playing program will provide $100,000 grants for clubs to upgrade or replace existing facilities and infrastructure."

"We look forward to working with clubs throughout the state to ensure Queenslanders have access to sporting and recreational opportunities and facilities wherever they live."