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Grants and Funding

Compensation Grant Program

Compensation Grant Program

The purpose of the Compensation Grant program is to provide financial support to Paralympians whose Disability Support Pension (DSP) payments have been affected due to travelling outside Australia for training and/or competitions exceeding the general travel allowance of 28 days in a financial year.

The Federal Government has committed $320,000 over four financial years to support Paralympians whose payments in any of the four financial years from 2018/19 to 2021/22 have been impacted.

Applications are now closed

There is only one round of applications for DSP Compensation Grant per financial year to ensure all deductions can be taken into account.

For the application round in 2019/20, applicants can apply for compensation for the financial year of 2018/19. The key dates are:

ActivityTimeframe
Applications Open 11 March 2020
Applications Close 30 April 2020 – 5pm AEST
Advise successful & unsuccessful applicants Early May 2020

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a DSP Compensation grant in this funding round, an athlete must:

i. Have been categorised within the AIS Athlete Categorisation Framework in 2018/19;

ii. Have had their 2018/19 DSP payments affected as a result of travelling outside Australia (in excess of the general travel allowance of 28 days) for training and/or competitions in preparation for the Summer or Winter Paralympic Games; and

iii. Have the training and/or competitions mentioned in ii) sanctioned by the National Sporting Organisation (NSO).

Assessment and Grant Approval Process

Applications will be considered through a demand driven grant process.

All applications will initially be assessed by the AIS against the eligibility criteria. Only one application will be considered per athlete in a given financial year.

As part of the assessment process, the AIS will contact the relevant NSO to confirm that the training and/or competitions stated in the application were sanctioned. If the AIS identifies errors in an application, the applicant may be contacted to correct or explain the information.

Eligible applications will be considered successful provided sufficient grant funding is available.

If the total amount applied for from all eligible applications exceeds available funds, the AIS will award grants to successful applications on a pro rata basis.

The final grant amount offered to a successful applicant is at the discretion of the AIS. The AIS CEO will provide final approval of grant recipients and the final grant amount offered taking into account the availability of grant funds for the purposes of the grant program.

How to Apply

Before applying you will need to read and understand these guidelines including the Terms & Conditions.

Only one application should be submitted per athlete for a given financial year.

Applications for a DSP Compensation Grant should be completed online via the application form.

You will receive an automated email receipt from the grants system if your application has been submitted successfully. If you do not receive such an email, please assume your application has not been submitted and please contact paradsp@ausport.gov.au.

If you need another format to submit the application, or are unable to submit the application online, please contact paradsp@ausport.gov.au prior to the closing date.

To complete the application form, you will need to have the following information available:

  • The applicant’s personal details
  • The applicant’s bank account details
  • The applicant’s Services Australia Customer Reference Number (CRN)*
  • The details of the trip(s) that affected DSP payments in 2018/19:
    • start date
    • end date
    • destination, and
    • purpose of the trip (training or competitions)

*If you do not provide AIS with permission to access your Services Australia records for the purpose of confirming your international travel and the suspended DSP, you will need to provide evidence from Services Australia that your DSP had been suspended and for the compensation grant amount applied for.

You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete and accurate.

Late applications will not be accepted, unless specifically agreed by the AIS. If a prospective applicant believes they may miss the deadline, they should contact the AIS as soon as possible. The AIS reserves the right to refuse late application requests.

If you need further guidance on the application process, wish to request for an extension to submit application or wish to withdraw a submitted application, please contact:

Email: paradsp@ausport.gov.au
Phone: +61 2 6214 1195

Notification and Agreement

All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their application including:

  • the funding amount to be awarded
  • the terms and conditions of any funding

There is no review or appeal process after the final decision is made by AIS.

Disclosure of Information

The AIS must treat any personal information according to the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles.

Your personal information can only be disclosed to someone for the primary purpose for which it was collected, unless an exemption applies.

Personal information submitted via the online application is collected by the AIS for the purpose of considering applications for and administering the program. The information collected may be disclosed to other government agencies for this purpose.

The personal details of successful applicants or participants (including name, home state, sport, supporting organisation, the value of the grant awarded and a brief description of the purpose for the grant) may be released by the AIS to the public and the media and may be placed on the ASC website, including for the use of promotional purposes.

View the AIS Privacy Policy.

Enquiries and feedback

If you have any questions regarding the Compensation Grant Program, please contact email: paradsp@ausport.gov.au or phone: +61 2 6214 1195.

If you wish to lodge a complaint regarding the grant opportunity this can be done using the AIS complaints form.

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