8 January 2010

The Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said today that applications for funding under the new Sport and Recreation Facility Grant Program are now open, with an important change this year being that applications can only be submitted online.

“Most of the new suite of sport and recreation funding programs were announced late last year and applications for the 2010 funding round for these programs closed last December,” Thomas George said.

“However the release of the Facility Grant Program information was delayed.

“The Facility Grant Program provides dollar for dollar funding of between $500 to $200,000 to assist with the development of local and regional level sport and recreation facilities.

“The Facility Grant Program replaces the old Capital Assistance and Regional Sports Facility Grant Programs from which many local sport and community groups have received funding in the past.”

Thomas George said that this grant is open to incorporated, community based, not for profit groups or Local Government authorities and can be used to build new facilities, purchase equipment with a life expectancy of more than 15 years, upgrade existing facilities or provide ancillary facilities at established sport or recreation infrastructure.

“Sport is a major part of life in the Lismore electorate and draws people together to keep fit, socialise and have fun,” Thomas George said.

“I have already sent out copies of the guidance notes and application form to everyone who has previously contacted me to seek funding for sport and recreation facilities and I encourage other sporting, community and local councils to apply for this new grant.

“The closing date of the Sport and Recreation Facility Grant Program is 16 February 2010.

“In previous years many sport and recreation groups in the Lismore Electorate have received significant grants to build or upgrade facilities,” Thomas George said.

More information can be obtained from the Department of Sport and Recreation on 131302 or from my Electorate Office which can be contacted by phone 66213624, fax 66221403 or email

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.