Aiming to make high-quality play and fitness equipment more accessible for schools, play and fitness equipment supplier Kompan Australia has launched a Matched Funding Grant Program, which is open to schools in Victoria and Western Australia.
Schools wishing to enter must create a submission detailing what their ideal playground or fitness space would look like. Eligible applications will be judged on a range of criteria including creativity, play value, how inclusive the space is, how the playground would complement the existing space, and how it would benefit the school community.
KOMPAN Australia Managing Director, Peter McKewen, is excited by the potential impact of the program. “Statistics from the Australian Government’s Institute of Health and Welfare report that only 30% of Australian children aged 2-17 are meeting physical activity guidelines. Our kids spend more than 1000 hours every year in education, so schools have a major role to play in increasing physical activity levels. This program is KOMPAN Australia’s way of giving back to Aussie schools. We want to give them a helping hand to ensure they’re providing the best facilities for their students.”
Successful applicants will be granted 50%, 35% or 25% of matched funding for their playground or fitness equipment, up to a maximum value match of $30,000, meaning successful applicants could potentially receive a $90,000 play space for $60,000.
The KOMPAN Australia Matched Funding Grant Program is now open. Two rounds of up to three grants will be awarded (the first in April 2019 and the second in August 2019). For eligibility information, terms and conditions, and to submit an application, please click here.