The Victorian Government is ramping up its support of country and outer metropolitan football and netball clubs with $2.5 million in grants to support clubs and help communities boost their home ground advantage through the 2022-23 Country Football and Netball Program.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today encouraged local clubs to liaise with their local councils about opportunities to apply to the Country Football and Netball Program.

The program supports new facilities, replacements and upgrades to existing facilities at football and netball clubs across rural, regional and outer metropolitan Victoria, so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members.

Grants of up to $250,000 are available to redevelop old facilities or to build new facilities. There is a strong focus on supporting clubs in communities which have recently experienced natural disasters such as floods, or clubs in communities that are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges.

Launched in 2005, the Country Football and Netball Program is a partnership with the AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria. I that time, more than $35 million has been invested in more than 550 projects across the state. The Victorian Government has invested more than $1.6 billion in community sports infrastructure since 2014.

“This is all about delivering more opportunities for clubs to meet growing demand, welcome even more members, and host the big events at modern, accessible home grounds they can be proud of,” said Ms Thomas.

Applications close on 27 March 2022. For more information about the program and to apply visit