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Grants and Funding

Local Sporting Champions

What type of competition is eligible for a grant?

  • 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 Girls Basketball NSW State Championships.
    • e.g. QLD School Sport U19 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 2018 Australian National Tennis Championships.
    • e.g. School Sport Australia 17 & Under National Softball Championships.
  • An international competition as a member of an official Australian team, endorsed by a Sport Australia recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.
    • e.g. attending the 2016 AFF Under 16 Youth Championships in Cambodia as part of the Football Federation Australia team.
    • e.g. travelling to South Africa on an official international tour as part of the School Sport Australia hockey team.

What type of competition is ineligible for a grant?

Applications for participation in the following competitions will be ineligible:

  • A club or state team travelling overseas.
    • e.g. NSW Touch Football teams touring New Zealand.
    • e.g. A Queensland School Sport team touring Tokyo.
  • Development or training squads and camps.
    • e.g. Australian U19 Women’s Lacrosse Training Camp.
    • e.g. U18 Carina Leagues Club NRL training sessions in preparation for the State Championships.
  • Ongoing seasonal competitions
    • e.g. 2018 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.
  • Competitions delivered by organisations not affiliated with Sport Australia recognised national sporting organisation or state sporting organisation.
    • e.g. Competitions organised by Australian Futsal Association, National Cheerleaders Association or Royal Life Saving Society Australia.
    • e.g. Oz tag, rope skipping or irish dancing competitions.
  • Invitational or Friendship Series competitions
    • e.g. Basketball - East Coast Slam or Southern Cross Challenge.
    • e.g. Hockey - Southern Skies Tournament.

Why are only 12 to 18 year olds eligible?

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 should 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.

Can I still apply for a grant if I attend the championships before my application is assessed?

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 cases, the grant is a reimbursement for costs incurred with attending the championships.

Remember that applications must be completed and submitted prior to the championships commencing to be eligible.

Does submitting an application guarantee that I will receive a grant?

No. The Local Sporting Champions program is currently oversubscribed with a large number of applications received each year. All applications undergo an assessment as there are more applications received than grants available. As a result, the grant cannot be guaranteed.

What do I do if I can no longer attend my nominated championships?

If your circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend the nominated championships, please contact the Local Sporting Champions grant administrators on (02) 6214 1462 or email

Why was someone in my team successful, but I wasn't?

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:

  1. 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
  2. Your team member resides in a different area to you and their application was assessed by a different assessment panel.

If I have received a grant, when will I be eligible to receive another grant?

If you have received a grant to attend a state or national championships, you are eligible to receive another grant this allocation year (1 March – 28/29 February) 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, which is 1 March.

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.

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