Access to drinking water in community sport grants (VIC)

Funding for community sport clubs is now open until 28 April 2017.

Does your community sport club want to improve access to drinking water?

VicHealth is excited to make it easier for spectators, participants and volunteers to access free drinking water in community sport clubs and facilities.

Through this grant round, between to 20 and 40 community sport clubs will receive funds to purchase a water bottle refill station with a drinking fountain.

Water in community sport

Sports clubs can provide a culture and environment that supports healthy eating to its players and the wider community. Many sports clubs currently offer drinks with added sugar through canteens, vending machines or bars. Drinking water, instead of sugary drinks, is not only better for our health, but important for hydration during and after playing sport.

Making free drinking water more accessible, visible and available within the club can ensure water is the drink of choice.

The Australian dietary guidelines recommend to drink plenty of water and limit sugar-sweetened drinks, including soft drinks, sports drinks, flavoured water, cordials, energy drinks, and some fruit juices. Sugary drinks are the largest source of added sugars in the Australian diet, and high consumption directly contributes to our health, in particular the risk of weight gain, some chronic diseases and increased risk of tooth decay.

What’s on offer?

Your club can receive up to $5,000 to purchase a water bottle refill station with a drinking fountain, including delivery costs. Within this $5,000, you may request a maximum of $500 for marketing, promotional or other publicity activities to help promote your water station to the community.

For more information or to apply, click here.