Sporting clubs are celebrating a $2000 grant to help cover the costs for events that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
Warrnambool Football Netball Club president Ken Radley said all clubs in the district were "probably doing it harder than last year, with costs in setting up for the season".
"We understand it's the whole state, and the whole of Australia is affected, he said.
"There's a lot of people putting their hands out for support, so you've got to be grateful for what comes forth."
Radley said the club received grants last year to help with its operating costs.
"This will help keep us ticking along, especially with lost gate and canteen revenue," Radley said.
"That's the main loss from our club. This time of year all clubs have their balls and larger social events so I'd say nearly every club would be in the same boat in having events cancelled.
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"It certainly has been a challenge this year, and with the (WFNC's) relocation to Deakin (during the Reid Oval redevelopment) we've needed a lot of support and, you know the Warrnambool City Council has been fantastic in the support they've given us, both financially and with advice."
Camperdown Football Netball Club president Aaron Sinnott said it had been fortunate to receive grants from AFL Victoria and the government in the past 18 months to reactivate the club.
The money has helped the club adhere to COVID-19 regulations and overall running costs.
"There's been extra costs and expenses with making sure we're (COVID-19) compliant," Sinnott said.
"This grant is more to do with cancelled events. You need those to generate money to run a club. Any funding that we receive goes towards the costs of running the club."
The new round of the sporting clubs grants program will provide $2000 grants for community sport and active recreation organisations for events that have been unable to proceed or will have to be cancelled or postponed.
"Local clubs rely on annual and one-off events to fund their everyday operations, which benefits players, supporters and the wider community. We're proud to be backing these important organisations in tough times," Community Sport minister Ros Spence said.
The package, for Victorian workers and business owners, bolsters lockdown support payments as the state government announced a further $282.5 million in business grants on Wednesday.
It comes after the state's five-day snap lockdown was extended by a further seven days and 26 new coronavirus cases were recorded on Thursday.
The package includes total payments of up to $7200 for licensed hospitality venues, $25,000 for public events suppliers, $7000 for live presenters and up to $2000 for suppliers.
Industry Support and Recovery minister Martin Pakula said he understood the cash grants would not cover all financial losses, but the government would continue to support businesses through the lockdown extension.
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