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Australian Scholarships Foundation

Sporting Schools Program

Overview / Purpose

This program is designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect children with community sport.

It aims to:
- Connect 860,000 children with NSO endorsed sporting opportunities.
- Increase children’s participation in sport.
- Nurture children’s lifelong love of sport.

Funding is calculated based on:
- School population.
- The total number of participants scheduled to participate in the Sporting Schools sessions.
- Any applicable special circumstances (such as regional and remote schools).

The program offers two levels of funding:
- Primary: Funding includes a base amount determined by the whole school enrolment, plus an amount for the expected overall participant numbers.
- Secondary: Funding is limited and includes the costs of program delivery for the school, and access to additional support and tailored resources where it is needed most.

Australian primary schools can apply for funding per term for up to three terms of a school year.

A total funding pool of $100 million is available.

The 2017 opening dates are:
- Term 1: Closed
- Term 2: Closed
- Term 3: Opened 19 June and closed 28 July
- Term 4: Opened 23 August

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include schools that must meet the following eligibility requirements::
- Registered with the Sporting Schools program.
- Provide finance contact details.
- Provide valid bank details (including shared service arrangements).
- School Government Related Entity (GRE) declaration.
- No outstanding debts with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

Please refer to the website for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible expenditure include those that cover the costs of delivering sport-based activities that support the program aims, such as:
- Program administration
- Coach delivery
- Supervision
- Transport
- Equipment
- Venue hire
- Facilities
- Sport-related professional development

Please refer to the website for the complete list of eligible activities and costs.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Working with Children clearances or mandatory training (e.g. RAN-EC, Child Safe Environments).
- Purchase of gift cards (e.g. Coles Myer, Visa Prepaid).
- Catering and food (e.g. afternoon teas, lunches, snacks).
- Teacher or teacher aide payment for supervision of Sporting Schools sessions during school hours.
- Expenses incurred prior to receipt of approval or outside the approved funding period (school term) (e.g. rollover of funds).

Please refer to the Fact Sheet for complete information on restrictions.

Program ID: 12763
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Open Date
23 August, 2017

Closing Information
This program has four funding rounds per year. Please see the Overview for the closing details.

Funding Type

Available funds

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Program administrator
Australian Sports Commission (ASC)

Telephone: 1300 785 707
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