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The 2020 WorkSafe Club Safety Fund is now open!

Over the past 18 years, WorkSafe has helped over 300 rural football clubs with funding and assistance and will continue to support clubs through the WorkSafe Club Safety Fund.

The Club Safety Fund provides financial assistance to rural football clubs to improve the safety of their grounds, or provide added security for players, those involved and spectators.

Football clubs affiliated with WorkSafe AFL Victoria Country are eligible to apply.

Funding is available for safety initiatives including, but not limited to:

  • Equipment to be purchased by the club that has the purpose of protecting the individual participants while actively engaged in the sport. (i.e. goal post padding, first aid kids, defibrillators)
  • Permanent or portable structures that provide shelter and or safety. (i.e. behind goal netting, shelter shed, shade sails, fireplace guards, fencing for walkways)
  • Minor facility maintenance which presents an occupational health and safety hazard.

For further information and to apply, click here.

Applications close on Sunday 28th June.

Resource of the Month – June

The Resource of the Month for June is our handy Strategic Plan Checklist Template. This resource was created to assist clubs on how to write a successful Strategic Plan.

Why have a strategic plan?

A strategic plan isn’t just a document to keep everyone on track.

Having everyone participate in the strategic planning process fosters collegiality and creates an opportunity for discussion on the direction of the sporting club, which is why strategic planning often results in cultural transformation.

Strategic Plans can be basic documents or comprehensive in nature, but the key to a good Strategic Plan is that it’s contents are relevant and embedded into club practice.

Check out the Preparing for a Strategic Plan and the Resource which can be found here.

For more information head over to our Fee for Service page to see how South West Sport can support your club to initiate this process.

Talk to us if your club needs assistance or requires additional templates and resources.

Policy of the Month – June

Our Policy of the Month for June is the Health & Safety Policy!

This month we look at why a Health & Safety Policy exists, and why every club should have one in place.

The Health & Safety Policy is to provide a safe and healthy sporting club environment for players, spectators, volunteers, coaches and officials nd other personnel who are involved with the activates of your Sporting Club.

This policy encourages everyone to take a role in accident / incident prevention.

Sports Clubs need recognise their legal, ethical and moral responsibilities to prevent any sport related injury and illness.

Clubs need to be committed to providing safe places of sport that do not place the health and safety of any person at risk.

Your Club needs to foster a positive club cultures across their operations where safety is considered to be a core value, safe environment to play sport.

Talk to us if your club needs assistance with a Health & Safety Policy or requires templates or resources.

You can download the Health and Safety Policy template.

Diploma of Governance – Scholarships – Institute of Company Directors Australia (ICDA)

Part-scholarships are now available on a rolling basis for community leaders!

Ready to progress your not-for-profit career?

The Institute of Company Directors Australia (ICDA) will be giving hundreds of not-for-profit leaders the chance to win part-scholarships to complete the acclaimed Diploma of Governance BSB52318.

While ICDA have offered scholarships in the past for Australia’s premier diploma-level governance qualification, this year ICDA is able to offer more opportunities to more individuals across more sectors, providing a leg-up to the most under-represented groups in the country.

$1000 scholarships will be fast-tracked to allow prospective students to apply immediately for any of the following rounds, with decisions made on eligibility within 10business days of submission.

Individuals have the chance to win a part-scholarship to complete the Institute of Company Directors Australia (ICDA) Diploma of Governance (BSB52318) certification.

The full cost of the Diploma is $4,500, comprising enrolment, assessment and administration. Scholarship recipients will need to arrange payment of the remaining fee of $3,500.

While ICDA applications are rolling – and will remain open throughout the year – places in diploma courses are also strictly limited, and scholarships are subject to terms and conditions.

Places are strictly limited and subject to terms and conditions – Apply now! 

Change Our Game Scholarship Program – Applications Now Open!

Applications for Round Two of the 2019-20 Change Our Game Scholarship program are now open.

This program provides funding to support women working and volunteering in the sector to access professional development opportunities that will enhance skills in sport and recreation leadership and management.

Candidates for the Change Our Game Scholarship Program are to be nominated by peak sport and recreation bodies, local government authorities or regional sport assemblies.

Scholarships range in value from $2,000 to $10,000.

A new category has been introduced this round and eligible organisations may also apply for funding for group training or professional development involving more than one staff member to the value of up to $10,000.

We encourage you to actively promote Sport & Recreation Victoria’s opportunities throughout your community networks.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 18 June.

For more information visit Sport & Recreation Victoria here.

Ripple Effect Grants – Now Open!

Wannon Water believe in going beyond water for strong communities, and their purpose is delivering water and sewerage services and improving the lives of people in south-west Victoria.

Ripple Effect Grants Guidelines:

Ripple Effect grants are available through Wannon Waters annual grant round, which seek to support projects in their service region that:

  • Relate to one or more of the themes in the community strategy:
    • regional prosperity
    • education, training and volunteering
    • health and wellbeing
    • the natural environment.
  • Have a broad impact; whether that be in your community, district or across a broader region, and
  • Are great value for money?

Grant Streams

There are three streams of grant funding available under the Ripple Effect program;

  • Community grants – Of up to $5,000 are available for not-for-profit, volunteer-based, community organisations to undertake projects that aim to strengthen communities.
  • International aid grants – Of up to $4,000 are available for local community organisations undertaking projects to strengthen communities overseas.
  • School based grants – of up to $1,000 are available for schools (or school councils) to undertake projects within their school community.


Wannon Water believe it is important that the events and initiatives they support make a significant and positive change to the local community.

All applications received will be assessed in relation to the following criteria:

Projects must align with one of Wannon Water’s four key themes for support;

  • Regional prosperity
  • Education, training and volunteering
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Natural environment.

Projects that align with Wannon Water’s purpose to provide safe, reliable water and sewerage services will be highly considered.

As part of their Corporate Plan, Wannon Water also has a focus on projects that address the issues of vulnerability, gender diversity, aboriginal and all abilities accessibility.

Applicants must demonstrate matched funding for their project, either through cash or in-kind volunteer contributions.

For more information on the Ripple Effect Grants here.

Applications close Monday 29 June 2020, 4:00pm.