The second round of the Federal Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Program funding has been announced, with 11 Football Queensland (FQ) affiliated clubs successful in their applications and approved to receive over $2 million in funding.
Supporting small to medium-scale projects up to $500,000 to improve local community sport infrastructure, the Federal Government funding program will benefit the successful Queensland clubs by generating greater participation in football as well as providing safer and more inclusive community sporting hubs.
“The development of club facilities is a key strategy of Football Queensland to aid in growing the game, as there is no doubt upgrading facilities is a key driver to increasing and retaining participants within communities,” said Football Queensland Infrastructure and Government Relations consultant David O’Leary.
“This is an incredible result for our game and the clubs that have been successful,” said O’Leary.
“With the high demand for funding under this program, to have 11 football clubs funded out of 42 speaks volumes for the determination and dedication of the clubs and volunteers.”
With over 2,050 applications and more than $396 million in grant requests, there were 232 successful Round 2 applicants.
11 Football Queensland affiliated football clubs were successful, out of 42 Queensland projects approved.
The Queensland clubs approved for grants included Callide United FC and Coomera and District Football Club who are both using their funding for a much-needed upgrade of lighting at their grounds.
Callide United FC Treasurer Leanne Seagrott said the club was delighted to hear the news their grant application had been approved.
“We were in a bit of disbelief to start with but now that we have it, it will be so beneficial for us,” Seagrott said.
“We are fortunate enough to receive the funding and we can only go on from here to bigger and better things with the use of the new lights.”
Coomera and District Football Club President Alan McFarlane said he would encourage clubs to dedicate the time to apply for funding to benefit their club community.
“You’ve got to put the work in – the money is there, you just have to put the hard yards in and find a way to put your best foot forward,” McFarlane said.
Football Queensland affiliates approved for funding are listed below:
• Bardon Latrobe $500,000
• Callide United FC $199,999
• Dolphins FC (Mackay) $194,797
• FQ South West Zone $190,000
• Coomera/Gold Coast CC $150,000
• Holland Park Hawks FC $112,820
• Maroochydore FC $150,000
• Moreton Bay United FC $199,712
• North Brisbane FC $150,395
• Northern Beaches UFC $187,700
• Rochedale Rovers FC $16,400