Sport

Grants of up to $75,000 available for rugby league clubs

NSW rugby league clubs can apply for up to $75,000 in NSW Government funding to boost participation and repair or upgrade ageing facilities.

Brian Rix, the president of Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League, encouraged clubs to think about how the State Government's Footy Facilities Fund money can help them.

"Clubs need to think about what they can do with the money - better seating facilities, better change rooms, even grandstand coverage," he said.

"I think every club in our region would love newer, upgraded facilities.

"We encourage them to get on board, see if there's anything worth doing and apply."

Funding is granted for up to 50% of a project with in-kind funding and support from local councils where facilities are located on council owned or managed land, to make up the remaining 50%.

In last year's round of funding, Lismore Old Boys RLFC received $73,588 for drainage works, a field surface upgrade and irrigation at Crozier Park.

Ballina MP Don Page also encouraged clubs to apply.

"Rugby league is an extremely popular sport in our area for both juniors and seniors," he said.

"Modern, safe facilities will increase participation in the future. I commend the NRL and the NSW Government for getting behind our local rugby league clubs to provide financial support at a grassroots level.

"Together they understand that providing strong junior and regional club competitions is how to produce first grade champions."

Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres said the program aims to improve facilities for benefits, including increasing participation, safety and security, and social inclusion.

More information about the Footy Facilities Fund is available on the Department of Sport and Recreation website, by phoning 13 13 02 or emailing grants@communities.nsw.gov.au.

Applications opened on Monday and will close on January 9, 2015

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