FIFTEEN Wimmera sports clubs have welcomed spending from the State Government.
Thirteen clubs received money through the VicHealth Active Club grants program, aimed at improving sports safety.
Another two benefited from the Sporting Uniform Grants program.
Horsham Saints Cricket Club received grants through both initiatives.
Member for Lowan and former Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty visited Horsham and Dimboola on Monday to make the announcements.
Representatives from Pimpinio, Taylors Lake, Laharum and Kalkee football and netball clubs, Horsham Saints Cricket Club and AFL Victoria met him at Coughlin Park.
Pimpinio netball assistant director Renee Clarkson said her club’s $2841 grant would buy new sports medicine supplies.
“It’s one of those necessary things that will save the club money,” she said.
Taylors Lake club grants co-ordinator Greg Fletcher said his club’s $1662 would go towards first aid kits and goalpost padding.
AFL Victoria country football development manager Bruce Petering said Western Victoria Football would spend $2600 on goalpost padding and medical supplies.
Kalkee secretary Heath Martin said his club would also invest in new goalpost pads.
A portion of its $1740 grant will also be spent on drink bottles.
Horsham Saints president Tim Lannen said his club’s $2391 would buy new hats and helmets for junior cricketers.
It would also improve Coughlin Park’s cricket nets.
Laharum Football and Netball Club received the full $3000 available for its improvements, as did the First Kaniva Scout Group.
Dimboola Hockey Club was awarded $2500.
Other VicHealth Active Club grant recipients included Kaniva Bowls Club, $2595; Nhill and District Sporting Club, $1725; Nhill Bowling Club, $1822; Wimmera Hockey Association, $2195; and Yanac Hockey Club, $765.
Horsham Croquet Club, Horsham Saints Cricket Club and Horsham Saints Football and Netball Club each received $1000 through Sports Uniform Funding grants.
Mr Delahunty said the grants helped make more people more active more often.
“They not only provide a boost for each of these clubs, but ensure more members of the community find sport accessible,” he said.