Local Sporting Champions ProgramOverview
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.
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 costs include:
- 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
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.