Local Sporting Champions – Applications now open

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The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.

If successful, applicants will receive $500-$750 towards the cost of attending their championships.

  • Base Grant: $500
  • Applicants travelling 800km - 1999km to their nominated championships: + $100
  • Applicants travelling internationally or greater than 2000km to their nominated championships: + $200
  • Applicants residing in a rural electorate: + $50

To be eligible, you must:

Applicants must meet the following criteria

  • Be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year as the nominated championships.
  • Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident status, residing in Australia.
  • Be participating as an athlete, coach, or match official in:
  • Those attending a state championships must be living more than 250km from the championships venue, and travelling greater than 500km return to participate in the nominated championships*.
  • May receive a maximum of one grant in the same allocation year (3 June 2024 – 30 April 2025) for attending either:
    • one state or national championships or international competition.
  • Must incur out-of-pocket expenses equal to, or greater than, the grant amount they are eligible to receive.
  • Must not receive a Local Para Champions grant or a Local Sporting Champions grant in a previous round to attend the same event or competition.
  • Applications must be submitted within timeframes indicated in the 'When  can I apply?' section of the guidelines.

* Those attending a national championships or international competition do not need to be travelling a minimum distance to be eligible.

Along with meeting the eligibility criteria, to receive a grant applicants must abide by the program Terms and Conditions.

The LSC 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.

Applications for Local Sporting Champions Round 1, 2024-25 close on 31 July 2024.

You can find out more about this grant here.


Please feel free to contact the office of Michelle Rowland MP by email at [email protected] or call (02) 9671 4780 should you require further assistance with your application.