Local sporting champions program

Grants to help young people pursue their sporting dreams

Next round applications close Tuesday 31 October, 2017

The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program provides financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18. You can be an athlete, a coach, an umpire or a referee. Successful applicants receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state, national or international championships.

Above: Some of the 2012 Local Sporting Champions Grant Recipients

To be eligible to apply for a grant, you 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: ◦an official state championships endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised national sporting organisation (NSO), or ◦an official state school sport championship endorsed by a School Sport Australia member body, or ◦an official national championships endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised NSO, or ◦a national school sport championships endorsed by School Sport Australia, or ◦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.

•Must complete and submit application to the ASC prior to the nominated championship commencing.

•Must not have received a Local Sporting Champions grant for an application submitted in the same allocation year (1 March – 28/29 February).

•Must not have received $500 or more in federal government funding for the nominated championship.

•Must not be participating in a professional competition that involves prize money greater than $500.

Applications for the Local Sporting Champions program are to be completed online via the below link:

The online application will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.