13 December 2023

The future of sport is bright in regional Victoria, with a new fund opening to help local clubs update their
infrastructure and facilities to make way for more locals to play – thanks to the Allan Labor Government.

Member for Ripon Martha Haylett welcomed the opening of the new Regional Community Sports
Infrastructure Fund (RCSIF) – with funding of up to $60 million available.

The RCSIF is funded through the Regional Community Sport Development Fund and the All-Abilities Sport
Fund – announced in July – following consultation with regional communities who said new
infrastructure and upgraded facilities were needed to keep local sport thriving.

Regional sporting clubs and community organisations are encouraged to work with their local council to
bring their best ideas forward and make their club accessible and future-ready for generations to come.

The four streams cover a wider variety of upgrades to suit a range of clubs:

• Up to $3 million available to develop or upgrade multi-sport indoor courts and aquatic
facilities through the Indoor Stadium and Aquatic Facilities Stream
• Grants up to $1 million available through the Community Facilities Stream to build or
upgrade sports pavilions, sports lighting, play spaces and active recreation facilities
• The Women and Girls Facilities Stream has grants of up to $1 million for new female friendly
change rooms or sports courts to help level the playing field
• For the first time there will be a dedicated All Abilities Infrastructure stream that will provide
grants of up to $1 million to renovate existing facilities to ensure they are accessible for
people with disability.

Complementary grants of up to $50,000 are also available to help boost wider community participation at
the upgraded facilities, in partnership with sporting organisations and local disability service providers.

The Fund encourages regional clubs to design the facilities that matter to their local teams and
community, with a focus on getting more people involved regardless of their age, gender, background or

Applications for the first round of the Fund are now open. For more information or to apply,

Quotes attributable to Member for Ripon Martha Haylett

“Sporting clubs are the beating heart of our rural and regional communities, and they provide so much
more than just a place to get active. This fund will make sure they have the best facilities and
infrastructure to get even more locals involved.”