Applications are now being accepted for the Albanese Government’s Play Our Way initiative, a $200 million program aimed at bolstering inclusivity and equity in sports for women and girls.

This initiative supports local governments, community organizations, and not-for-profit and sporting groups in implementing projects geared towards creating a more welcoming environment for female participation in sports.

Anne Stanley, the Member for Werriwa, emphasized the significance of the Play Our Way grant in ensuring that women and girls have adequate access to sporting facilities and equipment essential for their engagement and success in sports.

“Our community has a strong and diverse range of sporting organisations, and we want to see them grow,” Ms Stanley said.

The grant is structured into two main streams:

  1. Facilities: Funding is allocated for projects focused on establishing and enhancing sporting facilities tailored to the needs of women and girls, thereby encouraging their active involvement in sports and physical activities.
  2. Participation and equipment: Support is provided for programs designed to promote ongoing participation of women and girls in sports and physical activities, addressing barriers such as socioeconomic disadvantage or lack of equipment. Additionally, funding is available for initiatives aimed at fostering lasting cultural shifts in sports, promoting gender equality, fairness, and respect.

Minister for Sport Anika Wells highlighted the concerning gender disparity in sports participation, with only one woman playing for every two men.

“Our $200m Play Our Way fund will not only help women and girls maintain better physical and mental health but will contribute to a sporting culture that treats women with equality, fairness and respect,” Ms Wells said.

The Play Our Way program Grant Opportunity is open for applications on GrantConnect.

Applications will close 2pm (AEST) 29 April 2024.