Outdoor active recreation grants provide $395,798 funding boost

Outdoor recreation activities throughout the State have received a boost with 20 projects set to share a total of $395,798 in funding from the Outdoor Active Recreation Participation Grants Program.
  • Total of $395,798 in funding awarded from the Outdoor Active Recreation Participation Grants Program
  • 20 projects throughout the State benefit from up to $50,000 in funding

Outdoor recreation activities throughout the State have received a boost with 20 projects set to share a total of $395,798 in funding from the Outdoor Active Recreation Participation Grants Program.

These grants reflect the McGowan Government's commitment to encouraging participation in outdoor active recreation activities through the provision of accessible, inclusive and diverse experiences.

Successful projects include mountain biking activities, camps for vulnerable young people, swimming and surf safety initiatives, training for outdoor recreation leaders, and trails related programs. 

The grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 were made available to eligible organisations delivering projects that align with the More People More Active Outdoors Framework.

The program is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. More information is available on the department's website at www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/sport-and-recreation-funding/outdoor-active-recreation-program

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:

"I am delighted that the McGowan Government has been able to provide support to so many great organisations offering opportunities for people to enjoy our amazing outdoor lifestyle throughout Western Australia.

"Each of the 20 projects funded through the Outdoor Active Recreation Participation Grants Program will play an important role in encouraging diverse participation, skill development and increased appreciation of our outdoor environments.

"It is particularly pleasing to be able to support programs that aim to improve water safety for vulnerable population groups including migrants, those that provide opportunities for at-risk youth, and those that offer accessible opportunities for people with disabilities.

"Getting more people to be active outdoors makes a huge contribution to the health, wellbeing and happiness of individuals and communities."

Minister's office - 6552 5400

List of successful applicants

Organisation NameProject TitleDescriptionFunding
Shire of NannupPush to Pedal
This project involves a range of mountain biking related activities, such as coaching clinics, inspirational speakers, first aid courses and coaching accreditations offered to residents of the greater Nannup region.$20,000
The Scout Association of Australia Western Australian BranchScouts WA Capacity Building Adventure CampsA pilot project to run two 4-day camps for vulnerable youth at the Scouts WA Manjedal Adventure Centre. The camps will provide participants with access to adventurous outdoor recreation, vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, and employment pathways. $26,500
Shire of Donnybrook-BalingupDonnybrook Mountain Biking Project
This project aims to introduce the benefits of mountain biking and cycling to at-risk young people, culminating in a multi-day overnight bike packing experience on the Munda Biddi.$10,000
Ocean HeroesOcean Heroes Volunteer Capacity-Building ProgramThis project provides a unique opportunity for people with autism to access the ocean in a fun, safe and supportive environment. The project aims to capacity-build local volunteers with the essential skills required to work with people on the spectrum, which in turn will allow for an increase in free event numbers and overall participation.$19,000
Break the Boundary IncWA Adaptive Mountain Biking Leadership Development & Participation ProjectThis project will develop a world-leading training program to establish highly qualified Adaptive Mountain Biking Leaders in WA. This will enable the delivery of adaptive mountain bike clinics, sessions, experiences, camps and events to support people living with physical and neurological disabilities and impairments.$50,000
Western Australian Swimming Assn Inc (TA Swimming WA)Come & Learn Open Water SwimmingThis project will provide entry-level coaching sessions to improve safety and reduce barriers to learn open water swimming, in conjunction with the Open Water Series Round in 2023/24.$25,000
Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association IncProfessional Mountain Bikers Instructors Association (PMBIA) CertificationThis project will improve quality of mountain bike coaching, by enabling 8 coaches to complete the Level 1 PMBIA instructor's course, thereby increasing participation opportunities in the Margaret River region.$5,600
Shire of PingellyWalk the Trails at TutanningThis project will encourage families and individuals to explore local trails around Tutanning, whilst upskilling local volunteers as tour guides.$5,000
Trails WA IncParticipation Campaign - Trails are Part of my Everyday AdventureThis project aims to increase participation on trails through the development of an advocacy campaign, that will improve awareness and drive action for people to use Trails WA as a resource to get hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners onto trails or onto trails more often.  $25,000
City of South PerthOut on the Water in South PerthThis project offers a series of free outdoor recreation activities, supported by local clubs.$7,441
Walpole Nornalup Visitor CentreSpring into WalpoleThis pilot project is a two-week hiking, educational and environmental stewardship experience, delivered during the school holidays for residents and visitors to the Greater Walpole Region.$12,100
Masters Swimming Western Australia IncSwim Our WatersThis project will develop an open water swimming learning framework, focusing on a new series of open water swimming clinics aimed at entry-level participants.$12,000
University of Western Australia Outdoor Club IncSafety and Technical Training for Current and Future LeadersThis project will support the training of outdoor recreation leaders in the club to improve safety and support the delivery of member participation.$13,287
Pilbara Trailblazers IncKarratha Trail AdventuresThis project will deliver trail running events, skills development workshops and educational activities, aimed at providing participation and volunteering opportunities for Pilbara residents.$15,000
Trigg Island Surf Lifesaving ClubMigrant and Indigenous Surf Safety, Pool Swimming and Surfing Lessons for Over 65sThis project will deliver surf safety skills and lessons at Trigg Beach to vulnerable population groups of migrants, Indigenous people and seniors.$12,320
Shire of CollieThe Wheels of WellbeingThe Wheels of Wellbeing Project provides skill development and accredited coaching training for mountain biking in the Collie region, home of the Wamberger Trail network.$25,300
Girl Guides Western Australia Inc

Outdoor Leadership Camp

To provide volunteer Girl Guide leaders with an Outdoor Leadership Camp, where they can participate in a variety of activities to develop their outdoor recreation and leadership skills. Skills learnt will then be used to offer more outdoor recreation activities to Guide Units.$7,250
Augusta Community Development Assoc IncTaalinup (Augusta) AdventurethonTaalinup (Augusta) Adventurethon is a multi-discipline, multi-sector, any-time race designed for participants of all ages and levels. The race will incorporate the immense beauty and natural landscape of the Taalinup Augusta area, with participation spread throughout the year to enhance sustainable practices.$50,000
Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence Ltd (Trading as Outdoors Great Southern)Expedition Great SouthernA series of expedition programs for young people in years 9 and 10, consisting of pre-trip education sessions, a three-day overnight trip, and two post-trip follow-up evaluation sessions.$30,000
Outdoors WA IncHiking Skills WorkshopsThis project aims to increase participation in hiking through the delivery of hiking skills workshops, in metropolitan and regional locations.$25,000