The Local Para Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-24 participating in state, national or international championships for athletes with a disability.
If successful, applicants will receive $750-$1000 towards the cost of attending their championships
- Base Grant: $750
- Applicants travelling 800km - 1999km to their nominated championships: + $100
- Applicants travelling internationally or greater than 2000km to their nominated championships: + $200
- Applicants residing in a rural electorate: + $50
Applications are currently open
Round 3, 2022-23 is open until:
31 December 2022, 11:59pm [AEDT]
Round 4, 2022-23 opens:
1 January 2023, 12:00am [AEDT]
Apply for a Local Para Champions grant
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be turning 12 to 24 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated championships.
- Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident status and be residing in Australia.
- Be a participant in an event, division or competition open only to athletes with a disability which is:
- an official state/territory championships endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised National Sporting Organisation (NSO), National Sporting Organisations for people with Disability (NSOD) or a School Sport Australia member body; or
- an official national championship endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised NSO, NSOD or School Sport Australia; or
- an international competition as a member of an official Australian team where only athletes with a disability can be selected, representing an ASC recognised NSO, NSOD or School Sport Australia.
A participant is anyone involved in an official capacity in the event or competition such as an athlete, coach or official, and where appropriate, guides or assistants.
- People attending a state/territory championship must be living more than 125km from the championships venue and travelling greater than 250km return to participate in the nominated championships*.
- Must complete and submit the application prior to (no more than 6 months in advance), or up to one month after completion of the nominated championships.
- May receive a maximum of two grants in the same allocation year (1 June 2022 – 31 March 2023) for attending either:
- one state or national championships and one international competition; or
- two different international competitions.
- Must incur out-of-pocket expenses equal to, or greater than, the grant amount they are eligible to receive.
- Must not receive a Local Sporting Champions grant to attend the same event or competition.
* Those attending a national championships or international competition do not need to be travelling a minimum distance to be eligible.
** Saved applications must be completed and submitted prior to or up to one month after the completion of the nominated championships.
Along with meeting the eligibility criteria, to receive a grant applicants must abide by the program Terms and Conditions.
Have questions about the Eligibility Criteria? Check out the FAQ’s for more information.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to receive a Local Para Champions grant.
To apply for a Local Para Champions grant, you need to submit your application through the Apply Now form.
To complete an application, you will need:
- your personal/contact details;
- details of the championship you are attending;
- details of your school (if relevant) and local sporting club;
- your coach or official accreditation ID (if relevant);
- details for a contact (e.g. coach) within your club/team to confirm your selection;
- contact details of your parent(s)/guardian(s); and
- personal bank account details for you or your parent(s)/guardian(s).
It is recommended that you click Save Progress when you are filling out a form - for security reasons you will be logged out of the system if 20 minutes has elapsed and you have not saved your progress or navigated between pages.
If you wish to leave the application process prior to submitting your form, press ‘save progress’ and log out.
When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will see any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and continue where you left off.
You can also download your application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.
You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the navigation panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.
When you submit an application, you will receive an email, which will include a copy of your submitted responses.
It is important that you check the information in the attachment and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately should any information be incorrect
Haven't received a copy of your application? Check your junk email folder. If you still cannot find this please email email@example.com.
You may need to upload supporting documentation with your application.
You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time. Please see list of supported file types.
If you are attending multiple eligible championships, it is encouraged to submit an application for each eligible championship.
Applicants are eligible to receive two grants per allocation year, where at least one grant is for an international competition.
Note: This program is highly competitive and currently oversubscribed. As a result, the grant cannot be guaranteed.
For instructions about using the portal, see SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants.
For any further questions, please contact the Local Para Champions program administrators on 02 6214 1462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure you understand the application process prior to submitting your application form.
Frequently asked questions
Please see our list of Frequently asked questions to assist with any further questions you may have regarding the Local Para Champions grant.
The following championships are eligible as per the eligibility criteria:
- An official state/territory championship where the event, a division or competition is open only to athletes with a disability and it is endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised national sporting organisation (NSO), national sporting organisations for people with disability (NSODs) or a School Sport Australia member body:
- e.g. Special Olympics NSW State Equestrian Championships
- e.g. attending the QLD School Sport Swimming 13-19 years State Championships in a Multi Class event.
- An official national championship where the event, a division or the competition is open to only athletes with a disability and endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised NSO, NSOD or School Sport Australia:
- e.g. Basketball Australia – Ivor Burge Championships or Kevin Coombs Cup
- e.g. Australian National Goalball Championships.
- Attending an international competition as a member of an Australian team, where only athletes with a disability can be selected and you are representing an ASC recognised NSO, NSOD or School Sport Australia.
- e.g. attending the Boccia World Championships as part of the Boccia Australia team.
- e.g. attending the Wheelchair Rugby World Championships as part of the Wheelchair Rugby Australian team.
Click on the below links to check out the Sport Australia recognised NSO’s, plus the School Sport Australia and related state associations calendar of eligible events.
- Sport Australia Recognised National Sporting Organisations
- School Sport Australia – Calendar of Domestic Events
- School Sport Australia – Calendar of International Tours
- NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) - Calendar of Events
- NSW Combined High Schools Association (NSWCHSSA) - Calendar of Events
- NSW Combined Independent Schools (NSWCIS) - Calendar of Events
- NSW Primary Schools Sports Association (NSWPSSA) - Calendar of Events
- School Sport NT - Calendar of Events
- Queensland School Sport - Calendar of Events
- School Sport SA - Calendar of Events
- School Sport Victoria - Calendar of Events
- School Sport WA - Calendar of Events
Applications for participation in the following are not eligible:
- Any competition/division or individual event where that competition/division/event is not specifically for athletes with a disability, such as attending the NSW All Schools Cross Country which is open to any athlete that is able bodied or has a disability.
- A club or state team attending an international competition or travelling overseas.
- Development or training squads and camps.
- Ongoing seasonal competitions.
- Local and regional competitions.
- Competitions delivered by organisations not affiliated with an ASC recognised NSO or NSOD.
- Competitions delivered by associations not affiliated with School Sport Australia.
For international competitions, an official Australian team is a team that is representing the Sport Australia recognised National Sporting Organisation (NSO) or School Sport Australia.
- See the list of Sport Australia recognised NSO’s.
- See the list of School Sport Australia endorsed international tours.
Although an NSO or School Sport Australia may support a club or state team attending an international competition and representing Australia, a club or state team is not classified as the ‘official’ Australian team for the purposes of the Local Para Champions program.
The Local Para Champions (LPC) program is designed to support sportspeople through the teenage years when research shows that the largest dropout rates occur. It is for this reason that the LPC program aims to provide financial assistance for sportspeople around this time, to ease the financial burden on their families, which will hopefully lead to lower dropout rates. LPC also provides support to young adults to ease the financial burden on them and their families to attend these important championships.
The lower age limit has been set at 12 years as it is around this age when Sport Australia research shows that junior athletes start to take sport more seriously and begin competing at the level of competition that is supported by the LPC program.
Yes, if you have attended the championships you are able to submit an application within one month after the championships have been completed.
Check out the Third Party Funding opportunities to see if you may be eligible for another grant program.
Yes, you can still apply for a grant if the championships will occur before your application is assessed or you are advised of the outcome to your application.
In these case if you are successful, the grant will be provided as a reimbursement for costs incurred with attending the championships.
Remember that you must complete and submit an application prior to the championships commencing to be eligible.
No. The Local Para Champions program may be oversubscribed with more applications received than grants available. In these cases, applications undergo a competitive assessment process, and as a result, the grant cannot be guaranteed.
Your Application ID number can be found in the subject line of the email Sport Australia sent when you submitted your application.
Remember to check your junk email folder if you cannot find this email.
If successful, you can use the grant on any associated cost for you to attend the nominated championships.
Examples of expenses include (but is not limited to):
- Competition entry fees/levies
- Transport costs (e.g. airfares, petrol)
- Sporting equipment
Applications are assessed against other applications received from each local area. Each local area receives a varying number of applications.
If a team member is successful in receiving a grant, and you are not, it is likely that your team member resides in a different area to you and their application was assessed against different applications to yours. There are varying levels of competition for grants across local areas. This may include more applications received in certain local areas, which may impact how grants are ranked.
If you have received a Local Para Champions (LPC) grant this allocation year (Round 1,2,3 or 4 2022/23) to attend a state or national championships, you are eligible to receive another grant this allocation year to attend an international competition. If you are not attending an international competition, you will be eligible to apply for another grant at the start of the next allocation year.
If you have received a grant to attend an international competition, you can receive another grant this allocation year to attend a state, national or another international competition.
If you have received two grants this allocation year (Round 1,2,3 or 4 2022/23), you are ineligible to receive another grant.
To check if you have received a LSC grant this allocation year:
- Login to your smartygrants account at - Home Page - Australian Sports Commission (smartygrants.com.au)
- Click on my submissions at the top of the screen
- Scroll down to the Submitted Forms section
Identify the last Local Sporting Champions application you submitted. This will tell you the round and allocation year it was submitted. Compare this with the current round that is open
No. To be eligible for a Local Para Champions grant you must also be between the ages of 12-24. The grant is specifically for participants in eligible competitions that are in that age range.
If you have any further questions before submitting your application, please see our frequently asked questions.
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