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Australian Scholarships Foundation

Local Sporting Champions Program

Overview / Purpose

This program aims to assist young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching, officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed State, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia State or national championships.

The 2017-18 funding round dates are:
- Round 1: Opened 1 March and closed 30 June 2017
- Round 2: Opened 1 July and closes 31 October 2017
- Round 3: Opens 1 November and closes 28 February 2018
- Round 1 (2018-19): Opens 1 March and closes 30 June 2018

Grants of up to $500 are available.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include young people that must:
- 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 either/or:
a) An official State championships endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised national sporting organisation (NSO).
b) An official State school sport championship endorsed by a School Sport Australia member body.
c) An official national championships endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised NSO.
d) A national school sport championships endorsed by School Sport Australia.
e) 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.
- Complete and submit application to the ASC prior to the nominated championship commencing.
- Not have received a Local Sporting Champions grant (individual grant or as a member of a team grant) for an application submitted in the same allocation year (1 March-28 February).
- Not have received more than $500 in Federal government funding for the nominated championship.
- Not be participating in a professional competition that involves prize money greater than $500.

Eligible Activities

Eligible costs include:
- Travel
- Accomodation
- Uniforms
- Equipment


The following are ineligible for funding:
- A club or State team travelling overseas (e.g. Queensland Touch Football teams touring New Zealand or a local club team touring Singapore).
- Development or training squads and camps (e.g. Australian U19 Women's Lacrosse Training Camp).
- Ongoing seasonal competitions (e.g. WA Basketball League or FNSW Premier League).
- Local and regional competitions (e.g. BMX NSW Regionals).
- Indigenous only sport competitions and teams (e.g. 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 (e.g. East Coast Slam or Southern Skies Tournament).
- Team grants are no longer available. Team members are encouraged to apply for an individual grant.

Program ID: 3829
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Open Date
01 July, 2017

Closing Date
31 October, 2017

Closing Information
The program is available triannually. Please see the Overview for the closing details.

Funding Type

Funding Amount
Min:  N/A  - Max:  $500

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Provided by

Government Tier

Program administrator
Australian Sports Commission (ASC)

Telephone: 02 6214 1111
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