The Legacy Partnership Program for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships today opened for applications, ensuring the event will leave a lasting impact in the Illawarra.
The Program is a three-year $300,000 initiative of the Local Organising Committee that offers grants to local community groups and businesses to deliver innovative programs and projects that promote cycling throughout the Illawarra.
Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said $100,000 in grants were available in the first year of the program.
“The 2022 UCI Road World Championships will provide Illawarra residents and visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the world’s best cyclists in action,” Mr Lee said.
“The Legacy Partnership Program will leave a legacy that boosts the sport in Wollongong and across the Illawarra.
“I encourage Illawarra businesses and the local cycling community to submit their most innovative ideas to promote cycling in the Illawarra.”
Chair of the Wollongong 2022 Organising Committee, Dean Dalla Valle said the Legacy Partnership Program was a first for an international cycling event hosted in Australia.
“I’m thrilled that our hometown of will see over 300,000 spectators and over 300 million international viewers of the Championships,” Mr Dalla Valle said.
“The 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong will deliver a positive legacy throughout the region in both cycling and in many other areas from which the community will benefit from for years to come.
“This program will allow us to work with local community to start delivering on our legacy plan right away.”
Wollongong City Lord Mayor, Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said the event was an amazing opportunity to put Wollongong on the map as a world cycling destination.
“The UCI Road World Championships isn’t just about elite cycling. This event provides ways to grow and foster a community that sees cycling as a part of their day-to-day life whether through transport or recreation. These grants provide a valuable opportunity for community involvement and ideas, which are the key to cycling continuing to develop in our region,” Mr Bradbery said.
“This event isn’t a one-off event. It’s meant to have implications leading up to it and for years after it which improves your lifestyle and the city’s liveability. Our support of this event and the flow-on benefits is also another way Wollongong City Council is supporting our residents’ focus on sustainability.’’
Grants of up to $20,000 are available. Applications close 15 April. For further information visit www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants.