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Grants and Funding

Local Sporting Champions

Application process

To apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, you need to submit your application online.

To complete an application, you will need:

  • your personal/contact details;
  • details of the championship you are attending;
  • your coach or official accreditation ID (if relevant);
  • details for a contact (e.g. coach) within your club/team to confirm your selection;
    • for international events - details of a contact (e.g. coach) from the recognised NSO/D or School Sport Australia 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 should submit an application:

  • once you have been selected to attend the championships and your participation has been confirmed; and
  • if your competition falls between the competition dates outlined below.

Applications can be submitted at any time during the round opening and closing dates for competitions that occur within the relevant timeframes below:

RoundEligible competition dates (Eligible competitions must have at least one day of competition during this timeframe)
Round 1 (Applications open June-July 2024) Eligible competitions held between 1 March 2024 and 30 November 2024
Round 2 (Applications open August- October 2024) Eligible competitions held between 1 July 2024 and 28 February 2025
Round 3 (Applications open November 2024-January 2025) Eligible competitions held between 1 October 2024 and 30 May 2025
Round 4 (Applications open February-April 2025)Eligible competitions held between 1 January 2025 and 31 August 2025

Applications for competitions held during the eligible competition dates can be submitted at any time during the round. Applications do not need to be submitted within one month of the competition finishing, they can be submitted at any time the round is open.

Saved applications must be completed and submitted prior to the end of the round to be eligible.  Applications submitted in incorrect rounds will be ineligible.

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 immediately should any information be incorrect.

If you haven’t received the autogenerated email from SmartyGrants, please check your junk email folder. If it is not there, please check your submission on your SmartyGrants portal and ensure your application is submitted. If you cannot find the email and your application has been submitted, please contact

If you wish to edit a submitted application, please contact the Local Sporting Champions program administrators at

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 instructions about this specific Local Sporting Champions grant, read the Guidelines or FAQs

For any further questions, please contact the Local Sporting Champions program administrators at

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