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Local Sporting Champions Program


This program aims to young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.

The 2018-19 funding round dates are:
- Round 1: Opened 1 March and closed 30 June 2018
- Round 2: Opened 1 July and closed 31 October 2018
- Round 3: Opened 1 November and closes 28 February 2019

Grants of up to $500 are available.

As announced in the 2018-19 Federal budget, the government will provide $11.8 million over four years from 2018-19 to expand the existing Local Sporting Champions program to support young Australians to participate in State, national and international sporting championships.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include young people that must:
- Be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated sporting championship.
- Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident status, residing in Australia.
- Be participating as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee in either/or:
a) An official State championships endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised national sporting organisation (NSO).
b) An official State school sport championship endorsed by a School Sport Australia member body.
c) An official national championships endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised NSO.
d) A national school sport championships endorsed by School Sport Australia.
e) An international competition as a member of an official Australian team, endorsed by an ASC recognised NSO or School Sport Australia.
- Be living more than 125km from the championship venue, and travelling greater than 250km return to participate in the nominated championship.
- Complete and submit application to the ASC prior to the nominated championship commencing.
- Not have received a Local Sporting Champions grant (individual grant or as a member of a team grant) for an application submitted in the same allocation year (1 March-28 February).
- Not have received more than $500 in Federal government funding for the nominated championship.
- Not be participating in a professional competition that involves prize money greater than $500.

Eligible Activities

Eligible costs include:
- Travel
- Accommodation
- Uniforms or equipment when competing
- Coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed State
- National or international sporting championships
- School Sport Australia State, national or international championships

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Quality of application (whether the applicant put time and effort into the application).
- Level of competition (international, national or State).
- Demographics of applicants.
- Distance travelled to the championships.
- Age of applicants.
- Whether the applicant has previously received an LSC grant.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- A club or State team travelling overseas.
- Development or training squads and camps.
- Ongoing seasonal competitions.
- Local and regional competitions.
- Competitions delivered by organisations not affiliated with an Australia Sports Commission recognised national sporting organisation or State sporting organisation.
- Invitational or Friendship Series competitions.

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Status Open
Opening Date 1 Nov 2018
Start By Date 14 Feb 2019
Closing Date 28 Feb 2019
Closing Information
The program is available triannually. Please see the Overview for the closing details.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $500
Total Funding Pool $11.8M
Co-contribution No
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Sport : General
Gender Any
Age Youth
Who Can Apply?
Applicable to Churches No
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Health
Program Administrator
Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
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