Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter is encouraging local community groups to apply for new swimming grants to enable or improve opportunities for people with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds.
Working in partnership with Swimming Australia, the Community Swimming Grants Program allows organisations to apply for grants of up to $10,000 and has been delivered as part of the Federal Liberal Government’s $28.9 million Move It AUS – Participation Grants Program.
“Swimming is a big part of our way of life in Pearce and is a great way to stay active and healthy at any age,” Mr Porter said.
“However, some people in our community need a bit of extra support to be able to enjoy the benefits of swimming, particularly if they have a disability or don’t have a strong swimming culture in their family.
“These new Community Swimming Grants provide a great opportunity for local community groups to get funding and to share the love of swimming with more people in our local community.”
Mr Porter said the initiative aimed to make swimming as accessible as possible so more Australians could benefit from sport and physical activity.
“Supporting more Australians to get more active more often is a priority for our Government and we’re delighted to be working with Swimming Australia to deliver greater access to swimming and aquatics through this program.
“The Federal Liberal Government has a plan to make Australia the world’s most active and healthy nation. To do that, we need to break down the barriers that limit Australians from being more active.”
The Move It AUS Participation Grant Program is already delivering 62 projects across the country to provide great new ways to get more Australians moving.
The Federal Liberal Government has also committed $36.1 million in the Water and Snow Safety Program for water safety initiatives by trusted organisations including Surf Life Saving Australia, Royal Life Saving Society Australia, AUSTSWIM and Laurie Lawrence Swimming Enterprises.
For more information and to apply for Swimming Australia’s Community Swimming Grants Program, go to www.swimming.org.au/community-swimming-grants.