Sport and Recreation COVID SAFE Restart Plan
Helping community sport, recreation and fitness organisations with a range of funding and grants.
Posted on 25.05.2020
Following on from the delivery of the Return to Play guide just over a week ago, the Queensland Government has taken another leap forward in support of the sector, in line with easing of restrictions.
The Queensland Government has been working hard with Return to Play Advisory Group members and the sport and recreation industry to assist organisations to restart operations, while also keeping Queenslanders healthy and safe.
The onset of COVID-19 and the necessary restrictions imposed have had significant impact on the industry’s ability to function.
The Government recognises that through this period, as we work to return to play in line with the Roadmap to Easing Restrictions, sport and recreation organisations will need assistance to get back on their feet and strong support from industry leaders including the Return to Play Advisory Group. It will be important as we work to get back into organised physical activity that we build on the progress we have made – listen to the health advice, maintain a safe distance from others and keep up good hygiene.
In response to this, the Queensland Government has committed $51.3M through its Sport & Recreation COVID Safe Restart Plan to help everyone get ready to re-start community sport and recreation to coincide with Stage 2 of the Queensland Roadmap.
There are a range of options available to assist clubs and organisations to get going again:
- $14M COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart – funding to purchase hygiene supplies, products, training or equipment to allow clubs to return to play, this funding can also be used for operational needs such as utilities and bills. This will see up to 7000 clubs receiving grants of up to $2000.
- $10.8M Active Industry Fund – funding for 77 state level sporting organisations and industry peak bodies through existing arrangements.
- $15.5M Active Restart infrastructure Recovery Fund – grants for minor works and support up to 3000 clubs to purchase revenue generating equipment to help them return to play.
- $11M FairPlay vouchers – vouchers of up to $150 for around 73,000 young Queenslanders to participate in physical activity opportunities and support families experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.
This package has been developed with the future of the industry front of mind – more information on the package is available online via www.covid19.qld.gov.au/returntoplay.
Physical activity will continue to play a key role in our local communities, so while we all recognise a return to play is vital for the physical and mental health Queenslanders, it must also be done in a way that keeps participants, volunteers, workers and the broader community safe.
Sport Australia also released resources to support the return to sport. The department will continue to work closely with key stakeholders across the industry and further information regarding the application of resources like this in Queensland will be provided through this website: www.covid19.qld.gov.au/returntoplay.
For further information, contact the Sport and Recreation team at.
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