LOCAL rugby league clubs have the chance to receive a funding boost before the 2015 season with member for the Dubbo electorate Troy Grant announcing the NSW Footy Facilities Fund is now open for applications.
The program is a joint initiative of the National Rugby League and the NSW government, and offers funding for projects throughout NSW.
"This program is an important initiative that will help fund grassroots footy clubs," Mr Grant said.
"Members of the sporting community understand that modern, safe facilities will increase participation in the future.
"The NRL and the NSW government want to get behind our local footy clubs, and support this vision."
The fund is designed to increase regular and ongoing participation opportunity numbers and improve the standard of grounds and facilities.
Applications for funds can be strengthened by addressing the need to improve safety and security at grounds by constructing of fences, pathways, disability ramps and running general field upgrades while it can address the need to help in removing barriers by improving amenities to increase female participation.
Additional reasons to apply is the need to develop environmentally sustainable sport and recreation facilities through facilities such as water drains, water tanks or the upgrading of lights.
Applications close on January 9, 2015.
For more information and to apply, visit dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants or phone 13 13 02.