Local Sporting Champions

Local Sporting Champions: Funding for junior athletes to pursue their sporting dreams

Local Sporting Champions

Grants to help young people pursue their sporting dreams

Young people find it difficult to meet the ongoing and significant costs associated with participation at sporting competitions, particularly those from regional areas.

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Application forms

Team grants are no longer available.  Team members are encouraged to apply for an individual grant.

Who is eligible?

The Local Sporting Champions program is designed to support young people participating in state, national and international level sporting championships as either an athlete, coach or official.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, young people must meet the following criteria:

  • Be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated sporting championship.
  • Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident status, residing in Australia.
  • Be participating as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee in:

    • an official state championships endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised national sporting organisation (NSO), or 
    • an official state school sport championship endorsed by a School Sport Australia member body, or 
    • an official national championships endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised NSO, or
    • a national school sport championships endorsed by School Sport Australia
    • an international competition as a member of an official Australian team, endorsed by an ASC recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.

  • Be living more than 125km from the championship venue, and travelling greater than 250km return to participate in the nominated championship.
  • Must complete and submit application to the ASC prior to the nominated championship commencing.
  • Must not have received a Local Sporting Champions grant for an application submitted in the same allocation year (1 March - 28 February).
  • Must not have received $500 or more in federal government funding for the nominated championship.
  • Must not be participating in a professional competition that involves prize money greater than $500. 

Note:

  • Saved applications must be completed and submitted prior to the championship.

Frequently asked questions

When should I apply?

Applications should be submitted once you have been selected to attend the championships and your participation has been confirmed.  Applications submitted 6 months or more in advance of the competition may be moved into the following round of assessment at the discretion of the ASC.  You must submit your application online before the commencement date of the championships. Applications will not be considered if lodged after the commencement of the championships and the online application will not allow applicants to apply after the championships have commenced. Saved applications must be completed and submitted prior to the championships commencing to be eligible.

What is the value of the Local Sporting Champions grants?

Grants of $500 are available for successful individual applicants.

What are the grants intended for?

Grants can contribute towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment for your participation at the nominated championships.

What type of competition is ineligible for a grant?

Applications for participation in the following competitions will not be considered for a grant:

  • A club or state team travelling overseas, for example Queensland Touch Football teams touring New Zealand or a local club team touring Singapore
  • development or training squads and camps, for example Australian U19 Women's Lacrosse Training Camp
  • ongoing seasonal competitions, for example WA Basketball League or FNSW Premier League
  • local and regional competitions, for example BMX NSW Regionals
  • indigenous only sport competitions and teams, for example the NATSIBA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Basketball Association) Championships
  • competitions run by organisations not affiliated with the ASC recognised national sporting organisation or state sporting organisation
  • friendship or invitational events, for example East Coast Slam or Southern Skies Tournament

How long until I know if my application has been successful?

Grant applications are assessed 3 times each year.  It may therefore take five-six months before you are notified of the outcome of your application.

Round
Round Opening & Closing Dates
Assessment Timeline
Applicants advised of outcome of application
Round 1, 2014/15

1 March 2014 - 30 June 2014

Jul - Aug Aug - Sep
Round 2, 2014/15 1 July 2014 - 31 October 2014 Nov - Jan Dec - Jan
Round 3, 2014/15 1 November 2014 - 28 February 2015
March - April
April - May
Round 1, 2015/16
1 March 2015 - 30 June 2015
Jul - Aug
Aug - Sep

How long will it take to receive my grant?

Your grant will be deposited in your nominated bank account 2 weeks after you have been notified of the successful outcome of your application.

Does submitting an application guarantee that I will receive a grant?

Unfortunately there are a limited number of grants available and in most cases there are more eligible applications than grants available.  Applications are assessed every four months and are assessed locally against criteria that reflect the needs of your local area.

How many grants are available in my local area?

There are 36 individual grants available in each metropolitan electorate and in non-metropolitan (provincial or rural) electorates 50 individual grants are available per allocation year (applications received 1 March - 28 Feb).  For information on whether your electorate is metropolitan or non-metropolitan please visit the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Why do I have to be turning 12 years of age to be eligible for a grant?

The current age criteria for the LSC program was determined in line with research conducted by the ASC.  The Junior Sport Framework entitled “Junior Sport Matters” The Junior Sport Framework is a resource that aims to assist all sporting organisations, to build safe, fun, quality and inclusive environments for the delivery of junior sport.  Please visit the Junior Sport Framework webpage for more information.

Are Indigenous only teams eligible for Local Sporting Champions funding?

The Australian Sports Commission does not provide funding to support athletes and teams competing in Indigenous only teams or competitions.   The Australian Sports Commission provides financial support through the Local Sporting Champions program and the Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people competing in the mainstream sporting system.  These programs assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate and develop through the mainstream pathway.

How is my application assessed?

At the conclusion of each round, all eligible applications from your local area are sent for assessment by an independent assessment panel for that area.  The panel uses information included in your application as the basis for their assessment.  Additional information such as results or selection into further representative teams can not be added to the application after the championship occurs.
The independent assessment panel comprises members from your local area and selection of successful applicants is made using criteria that reflects the needs of the local community.  A number of factors are taken into account when assessing such as the quality of the application, how far the applicant is travelling and the level of competition among others.  It is important to note that competition results do not effect the applicants chance of success.

Why does it take several months to find out if my application is successful?

Assessment of applications takes place every four months.  With limited grants available in each area, assessing only three times a year ensures a consistent approach to assessing each application throughout the year.  This may mean that applicants have to wait a little longer for an outcome but ensures all applicants are given a fair chance to receive a grant.

The championship I will compete at will be held before my application is assessed, Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply for a grant.  In many cases if you are successful in receiving a grant it will be after the championship is held, this is due to the fact that assessment only occurs once every four months.  If the championship has already occurred and you are successful for a grant then the grant is a reimbursement for costs associated with attending the championships.  Remember that you must complete and submit your application prior to the championship commencing.

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