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 and the School Sport Australia calendar of eligible 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 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 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 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, if you have attended the championships you are able to submit an application within one month after the championships have been completed.
e.g. If the championships finishes on 16 February eligible applications can be submitted up to and including 16 March
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 or up until a month after 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 within each local area. If a team member is successful in receiving a grant , and you are not, it is likely that your area had more applicants attending International events or travelling greater distances. Each are has different levels of competition each round and some applicants for the same competition may be successful in some areas while in others they may be unsuccessful.
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:
- 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.
A reminder that you can only receive one grant per allocation year unless you are attending an International event where you can receive two. If you have already submitted an application that was successful in the same allocation year and it was not for an International event you will not be eligible for another grant until the next allocation year starts on 1 April.
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 2021-22 allocation year commenced on 1 April 2021 and concluded on 31 March 2022.
- The 2022-23 allocation year commenced on 1 April 2022 and will conclude on 31 March 2023.
- The 2023-24 allocation year will commence on 1 April 2023 and will conclude on 31 March 2024.
No. To be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant if you are an athlete, coach or official, you need to be between 12-18 years of age.
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