The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.
If successful, applicants will receive $500-$750 towards the cost of attending their championships
- Base Grant: $500
- 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 1 is open until:
11:59pm (AEDT) on 30 June 2021.
Apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant
Applicants must meet the following criteria
- Be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated championships.
- Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident status, residing in Australia.
- Be participating as an athlete, coach, or match official in:
- an official state championships endorsed by the relevant Sport Australia recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) or a School Sport Australia member body; or
- an official national championships endorsed by the relevant Sport Australia recognised NSO or School Sport Australia; or
- an international competition as a member of an official Australian team, representing a Sport Australia recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.
- Those attending a state championships 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 the nominated championships commencing**
- May receive a maximum of two grants in the same allocation year (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021) 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.
* 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 the championships commencing.
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 Sporting Champions grant.
To apply for a Local Sporting 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).
You will also have to write a paragraph or two in response to questions about:
- why this competition is important to you;
- how committed you are to your sport;
- your training schedule and the championships selection process; and
- why you are applying for the grant (can include an estimated cost of attending the championships and personal/family circumstances).
View a sample of the application form to help you get started.
You should submit an application:
- once you have been selected to attend the championships and your participation has been confirmed; and
- before the championships commence.
Review the table below to determine the best time to submit an application to ensure you can be notified of the outcome as soon as possible.
Note: applications made for competitions more than six months in advance may be assessed in a later round closer to the competition date.
|Round||Round Opening Date*||Round Closing Date*||Assessment Period||Applicant Notified / Paid|
|Round 4, 2020/21||1 Jan 2021 at 12.00am (AEDT)||31 Mar 2021 at 11.59pm (AEDT)||Apr - May 2021||May 2021|
|Round 1, 2021/22||1 Apr 2021 at 12.00am (AEDT)||30 Jun 2021 at 11.59pm (AEST)||Jul - Aug 2021||Aug 2021|
|Round 2, 2021/22||1 Jul 2021 at 12.00am (AEST)||30 Sep 2021 at 11.59pm (AEST)||Oct - Nov 2021||Nov 2021|
|Round 3, 2021/22||1 Oct 2021 at 12.00am (AEST)||31 Dec 2021 at 11.59pm (AEDT)||Jan - Feb 2022||Mar 2022|
|Round 4, 2021/22||1 Jan 2022 at 12.00am (AEDT)||31 Mar 2022 at 11.59pm (AEDT)||Apr - May 2022||May 2022|
* Applications must be submitted within these dates to be assessed during the associated round.
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 60 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. However, submitting an application for each eligible championship can demonstrate to the assessment panel your dedication to sport and the increased cost incurred to attend each championship.
For instructions about using the portal, see SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants.
For any further questions, please contact the Local Sporting 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 Sporting Champions grant.
The following championships are eligible as per the eligibility criteria:
- An official state championships endorsed by the relevant Sport Australia recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) or a school sport Australia member body.
- e.g. Under 14 Netball NSW State Championships.
- e.g. QLD School Sport U19 Boys Cricket State Championships.
- An official national championships endorsed by the relevant Sport Australia recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.
- e.g. 12 years and under 2019 Australian National Tennis Championships.
- e.g. School Sport Australia 17 & Under National Softball Championships.
- An international competition as a member of a team, that is representing a Sport Australia recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.
- e.g. attending the AFF Under 16 Youth Championships in Cambodia as part of the Football Federation Australia team.
- e.g. travelling to Belgium on an international tour as part of the School Sport Australia hockey 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 ineligible:
- A club or state team attending an international competition or travelling overseas.
- e.g. A team attending the Ultimate Fiji Cup that is representing Football SA, not Foortball Federation Australia.
- e.g. A NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association (NSWCHSSA) cricket team touring the United Kingdom, not the School Sport Australia team.
- Development or training squads and camps.
- e.g. Participating in the NSW/ACT AFL Academy Program.
- e.g. U18 Carina Leagues Club NRL training sessions in preparation for the State Championships.
- Ongoing seasonal competitions.
- e.g. Basketball NSW Waratah Southern Junior League.
- e.g. Football NSW Premier League.
- Local and regional competitions
- e.g. BMX NSW Regional Competitions.
e.g. Capricornia 16 – 19 Years Football Trials.
- e.g. BMX NSW Regional Competitions.
- Competitions delivered by organisations not affiliated with a Sport Australia recognised national sporting organisation.
- e.g. Competitions organised by Australian Futsal Association, National Cheerleaders Association or Royal Life Saving Society Australia.
- e.g. Oz tag, drill dance, rope skipping or Irish dancing competitions.
- Competitions delivered by associations not affiliated with School Sport Australia.
- e.g. Competitions organised by Christian School Sports Association.
- Invitational or Friendship Series competitions.
- e.g. Basketball - East Coast Slam or Southern Cross Challenge.
- e.g. Hockey - Southern Skies Tournament.
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 Sporting Champions program.
Examples of eligible teams:
- e.g. attending the AFF Under 16 Youth Championships in Cambodia as part of the Football Federation Australia team.
- e.g. travelling to New Zealand on an international tour as part of the School Sport Australia netball team.
Examples of ineligible teams:
- e.g. a team attending the Ultimate Fiji Cup that is representing Football SA, not Football Federation Australia.
- e.g. a NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association (NSWCHSSA) cricket team touring the United Kingdom, not the School Sport Australia team.
No. We are unable to provide an exemption for any applicant that is not turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated championships.
Note: You can apply if you are 11 years of age at the time of applying, but will be turning 12 during the same calendar year (1 January – 31 December) as the nominated championships.
The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) 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 LSC 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.
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 LSC program. The upper limit of 18 years has been set as at this age the sportspeople are adults, even if in their particular sport they may still be able to compete through the junior or youth pathways.
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 Sporting Champions program is currently oversubscribed with a large number of applications received each year. All 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 by independent assessment panels from each local area. Each assessment panel receives a varying number of applications and assess on the needs of the local area.
If a team member is successful in receiving a grant, and you are not, it is likely that:
- Your team member’s application included additional information and the quality of the application placed them in a better position to be considered for a grant; and/or
- Your team member resides in a different area to you and their application was assessed by a different assessment panel.
If you have received a Local Sporting Champions (LSC) grant this allocation year 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, you will be eligible to apply for another grant at the start of the next allocation year.
To check if you have received a LSC grant this allocation year (e.g. 2018/19 allocation year):
- Access the Grant Funding Report.
- Type in your name in the Recipient name field.
- Select Local Sporting Champions program (LSC) from the Funding category drop-down menu.
- Select Individual from the Recipient type drop-down menu.
- Select the relevant year(s) related to the current allocation year you wish to search (e.g. 2018 and 2019).
- Note: You will need to conduct separate searches for each year you select.
- Click on the Filter button to view the results.
An ‘Allocation Year’ is the term used for one full yearly cycle of the Local Sporting Champions program.
Note: The program is not administered over a calendar year or financial year.
- The 2019-20 allocation year commenced on 1 March 2019 and concluded on 31 March 2020.
- The 2020-21 allocation year commenced on 1 April 2020 and will conclude on 31 March 2021.
- The 2021-22 allocation year will commence on 1 April 2021 and will conclude on 31 March 2022.
If you have any further questions before submitting your application, please see our frequently asked questions.
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