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Help is at hand for sporting clubs around Australia with the opening of summer applications in Holden’s Home Ground Advantage grants program.

Up to $250,000 in grants is available this round with one club eligible to receive $100,000, with additional funds available to smaller worthy projects.

Holden Director of Communications Sean Poppitt said grassroots sporting clubs played a vital role in local communities but often struggled to deliver to their full potential due to lack of funding.DSC_4341

“We know that community clubs work tirelessly to fundraise but it takes a lot of sausage sizzles, cake stalls and trivia nights to raise the sort of money most need to operate successfully,” Mr Poppitt said.

Tilligerry and Districts Little Athletics Centre in regional NSW was one such club ‐ recently awarded a $100,000 Holden Home Ground Advantage grant to build a new storage facility and replace equipment damaged by an influx of rats and rabbits set on taking over the club’s facilities.

“The great thing about this program is that it’s open to grassroots sporting clubs right across Australia so we’re really keen to hear from all clubs who need a financial boost to help them thrive,” Mr Poppitt added.

Sports presenter and Holden Home Ground Advantage ambassador Mel McLaughlin has been involved in presenting grants to many of the previous recipient clubs and encouraged more to apply.

“Whether you need funds for a clubhouse makeover, a resurfaced playing field or simply some new uniforms, Holden Home Ground Advantage supports projects both big and small,” Ms McLaughlin said.DSC_4285

Since launching the Home Ground Advantage program last year, Holden has awarded $500,000 in grants to sporting clubs around the country and has committed a further $4.5 million over the next 10 years.

Applications for the current summer round close 28th February 2016 so jump online to to apply.

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