Gippsport is among the Victorian sporting organisations that will benefit from the latest round of the state government’s Together More Active program.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence recently announced the latest round of the Together More Active program will provide more than $14.5 million in funding to support more than 100 projects.

“We’re proud to support a new batch of exciting projects that aim to make a real difference in the community through sport and active recreation,” Spence said.

“This is all about opening doors to more careers, partnerships, members, volunteers and development and participation programs that benefit everyone, and we’re making it all possible through this exciting program.”

With an ultimate objective of uniting people through sport, Together More Active aims to encourage those in the community to participate in local sport and recreation activities, helping organisations increase local memberships, building a skilled workforce and developing a safe, resilient and inclusive sector.

Gippsland’s peak body for sport and recreation, GippSport, is among the successful recipients, receiving Stream 2, Sector Capability Building Funding.

Sector Capability Building Funding prioritises initiatives that support the capability of the sport and active recreation sector to create safe, welcoming, inclusive environments and increase inclusive participation opportunities.

It will support projects that increase equity, inclusiveness and diversity; strengthen integrity, safety, governance and leadership; develop the workforce, including volunteers; boost club development and capability; and meet growing and unmet demand in outdoor recreation or active recreation.

Gippsport executive officer Dan Poynton said the Together More Active program Sector Capability Building Funding stream has been a core funding stream for the sporting body for more than 10 years, forming the organisation’s backbone.

“There are two main objectives of the funding stream,” Poynton said.

“The first objective is to work across Gippsland to support a thriving community sport sector, so within that, we will be working with clubs, leagues and associations to help them apply for grants and have effective governance, develop good entry-level participation programs for juniors and young people.

“We will run a whole series of learning and education opportunities for volunteer club administrators over the coming couple of years, which the government will fully subsidise. They will be about things such as women and girl’s capability, sport and inclusion capability, so how to include people with disabilities in your club, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, multicultural inclusion, First Nations inclusion. There will be stock standard grant writing workshops, so a whole range of things that clubs will be able to access at no charge to help them be as good as they can be.”

The second objective is focused on inclusive sport participation.

“That will enable us to run a whole range of programs over the next couple of years that provide opportunities for people with disability to participate in sport and also people from other underrepresented cohorts,” Poynton said.

“The funding that we received is open to every club across every sport in Gippsland. So if a club is based in Gippsland, they have the ability to engage with us and access fully subsidised support to help them in their operations.”

Other beneficiaries of the Together More Active program include Basketball Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation Limited and Football Victoria.

Basketball Victoria will deliver the Free Throws program for women and gender-diverse people who want to learn all the basics of shooting hoops in a free, flexible and welcoming environment.

Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria will enhance the capability of local governments to deliver more opportunities for people of all abilities, while Football Victoria will use funding to embed a culture of gender-equitable behaviour in football using men as allies.

The Together More Active program is part of the state government’s Active Victoria strategy that aims to create positive impacts on local communities through sport and recreation.

For the latest information about the program and successful grant recipients, visit sport.vic.gov.au.