The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 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 or national championships.

The Local Sporting Champions program is designed to support young people participating in state, national and international level sporting championships as either an athlete, coach or official.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, young people must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 12 and 18 years of age (inclusive) at the time of 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
                - 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 (individual grant or as a member of a team grant) for an application submitted in the same allocation year (1 March - 28 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.

The following table outlines the timeframes for each round of funding.

Round Opening & Closing Dates Assessment Time Advised of Outcome
1 01/03/13 - 30/06/13 July - Sept Aug - Sept
2 01/07/13 - 31/10/13 Nov - Jan Dec - Jan
3 01/11/13 - 28/02/14 Mar - May April - May

To complete an individual application please click here, for a team application click here.

For further information and a list of frequently asked questions click here.