What is the Better Indoor Stadiums Fund?
The Better Indoor Stadiums Fund is a Victorian Government funding program that helps provide indoor multi-sport stadiums across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The fund assists in meeting the community demand for indoor sport and recreation participation opportunities. Indoor multi-sport stadiums are indoor facilities that are purpose-built for indoor sports such as badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball. In addition, these facilities can also be used for a range of other physical activities including futsal (indoor soccer), table tennis, gymnastics, calisthenics and dance, as well as community based programs and local and regional sporting events.
Who can apply?
Only local government authorities can apply directly to Sport and Recreation Victoria for funding from this program. Councils are required to discuss their project(s) with their Sport and Recreation Victoria representative before submitting a Full Application. Community organisations are advised to contact their local council to further discuss project proposals. Councils may auspice projects on behalf of community organisations.
What types of activities might be funded?
The development of new indoor multi-sport courts. Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate collaboration with schools, multiple sporting organisations and are of regional significance. Projects may cater for, but are not limited to: basketball, netball, badminton, volleyball, futsal (indoor soccer) and table tennis. Gymnastics, calisthenics and dance will also be considered when they are included as part of a larger project. Improving participation outcomes is a key objective of the program. Applications must clearly outline how the project will improve participation outcomes. Priority will be given to projects that can also demonstrate gender equity of programming.
Specifically, proposals should demonstrate how the project:
• will increase or maintain participation
• encourages participation by females, juniors, people living in growth areas and communities experiencing disadvantage
• improves health and wellbeing of the community
• encourages development of multi-use, shared and co-located facilities
• collaborates with schools and community groups
• collaborates with state sporting associations or relevant peak bodies
• improves or implements environmental sustainable design
• applies or demonstrates principles of Universal Design
• applies Healthy Choices Guidleines.