Projects that support the rapid growth of female sport will be the focus of a NSW Government program to provide new and upgraded sporting facilities across Sydney.

Minister for Sport John Sidoti said Round two of the Greater Sydney Sport Facility Fund is now calling for expressions of interest from councils and sports organisations to share in more than $30 million.

“It is vital people have access to open and green spaces in their communities through accessible, safe, and inclusive local community sport infrastructure,” Mr Sidoti said.

Projects that improve the quality and quantity of sports infrastructure as well as providing female friendly sport facilities are a priority.

“There is an unprecedented growth in women and girls sport participation, and it is imperative that we celebrate and capitalise on the opportunities that this increase brings,” Mr Sidoti said. “The NSW Government recognises the critical role local sport infrastructure plays in keeping communities healthy and active and has committed $100 million to the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund.”

Mr Sidoti said projects that support participation opportunities for multicultural communities and people with a disability are strongly encouraged as well.

Round two of the Greater Sydney Sport Facility Fund opens on 1 July with $33 million available. The Fund provides grants of $500,000 to $5 million to assist councils, State sport organisations, sports clubs and associations to fund new and upgraded sporting facilities.

Fifteen projects shared $33.4 million in round one to support and encourage sport participation. Expressions of Interest for round two are due on 20 September 2019. The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund is part of the $340 million Open Spaces and Greener Sydney initiative.