LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging incorporated, not-for-profit sports and recreational clubs to apply for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.
Ms Saffin says the program is aimed at improving availability and access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in community sporting and recreational facilities, for use in emergencies involving cardiac arrest.
“Sports have high participation rates across the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands regions and this program has the potential to save lives in the event of an on-field or on-court emergency,” Ms Saffin says.
“This will help our sporting clubs with the costs of AED packages which may have been prohibitive in the past.”
An AED is a device that is used in conjunction with Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival.
A total of $2 million has been allocated over four years (2022-2026) to assist sporting clubs across New South Wales in the purchase and maintenance of AEDs.
Applicants can request grants for multiple AEDs in a single application to a maximum of three devices, but the maximum grant for each AED cannot exceed $3000.
Each organisation is limited to one application each financial year.
The first round of the program is open and closes at 1pm on Friday, 10 February 2023.
For more information, go to https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/local-sport-defibrillator-grant-program