Six local organisations in the Shepparton electorate will share in $52,369.00 in VicHealth funding to support residents hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic to improve their health and wellbeing.
ConnectGV, Greater Shepparton City Council, Northern Zone Pony Club, Goulburn Valley Hockey Association, Shepparton & Youth Club United Cricket Club and Berry Street School Shepparton are among the organisations to receive a VicHealth Reimagining Health Grant to help locals build better social connections with each other and the community, provide greater opportunities for physical activity and increase access to healthy, affordable food.
The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said the funding will support the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This much-needed funding from VicHealth will ensure local organisations can continue supporting our community to build back better from the impact of coronavirus,” Ms Lovell said.
“Grass-roots organisations are the heart and soul of the Shepparton electorate and their efforts are key to helping us recover from this pandemic.”
VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said community organisations play a vital role, now more than ever, in helping people connect and take care of their wellbeing.
“As we embrace the new COVID-normal, we’re committed to supporting Victorians to be more physically active, access healthy, affordable food and to socially connect,” Dr Demaio said.
“These grants will help more Victorians enjoy better health and wellbeing through the direct support of their local clubs, organisations and community groups.”
Grant recipients in the Shepparton electorate include:
ConnectGV – $8,000 to create an all-abilities outdoor community learning space with their social enterprise nursery;
Greater Shepparton City Council – $25,369 to run a variety of programs for women from multicultural backgrounds and young people from vulnerable groups within the community and purchase equipment for their 12-month Online Community Garden program;
Northern Zone Pony Club – $3,000 to purchase show jumping equipment;
Goulburn Valley Hockey Association – $10,000 to purchase new equipment to introduce indoor hockey to Shepparton, encouraging greater participation;
Shepparton & Youth Club United Cricket Club – $3,000 to purchase equipment kits for players and subsidise fees to make it easier for young players and women to participate in the sport;
Berry Street School Shepparton – $3,000 to purchase tools and materials that will help students to plan and build a variety of active equipment throughout the school.
For further information, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/reimagining-health-grants.
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