People eager to become more involved in sport can do so through the Sporting Chance scholarships program thanks to Greater Shepparton City Council and FamilyCare.
The initiative is in its third year and aims to provide a chance for people to take part in sport, where cost might otherwise prevent that from happening.
FamilyCare chief executive David Tennant said in the past the scholarships had been popular and two application windows were provided during the year which roughly coincided with the autumn/winter and spring/summer sports seasons.
‘‘Sport and sporting clubs provide the glue in rural communities — as well as access to fun, healthy activities,’’ Mr Tennant said.
‘‘For FamilyCare it is fabulous to be involved in a positive program of this type.’’
FamilyCare and Greater Shepparton City Council have also partnered with Cricket Victoria to provide grants to all first-year cricket players.
The funding was provided by Community Cricket Programs: On Common Ground, which is a $12.4million program between the Victorian Government, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia.
For those with a health care or pension care card, 100 per cent of their cricket registration and membership fee is covered and for those without, 75 per cent of their registration and membership fee is covered.
When it comes to the regular grants, there are two categories available:
●Children and young people between the ages of five and 18 or who were still full-time at primary or secondary school.
●Adults over 18 who were no longer at secondary school. For adults, an element of volunteering was required to be eligible for the scholarship.
Greater Shepparton residents could apply for scholarships to the value of $150 and the funding could be provided for sporting club membership or participation fees.
To apply for a grant you must be a Greater Shepparton resident, although the sporting activity could be outside the municipality and you must be in possession of a health care or pension card.
For anyone who has any questions or needs assistance filling out the application, visit FamilyCare during opening hours or phone 5823700.
To find out more about the Greater Shepparton City Council Sporting Chance scholarships program, go to www.getmoovingshepparton.com.au/the-sporting-chance-program.html