The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is administered in three rounds per allocation year (1 March – 28/29 February), with the assessment of applications conducted three times a year. The timeframe for when an application is assessed is determined by when the application is submitted, as detailed below:
|Round||Round Opening & Closing Dates *||Assessment Timeline||Applicants Notified|
|Round 3, 2016/17||1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017||Mar – Apr 2017||Apr 2017|
|Round 1, 2017/18||1 Mar 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||Jul – Aug 2017||Aug 2017|
|Round 2, 2017/18||1 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017||Nov- Dec 2017||Dec 2017|
|Round 3, 2017/18||1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018||Mar – Apr 2018||Apr 2018|
|Round 1, 2018/19||1 Mar 2018 - 30 Jun 2018||Jul – Aug 2018||Aug 2018|
* Note: Applications must be submitted within these dates to be assessed during the specified round.
At the conclusion of each round, all eligible applications from each local area are provided to an independent assessment panel. Each assessment panel assess on the needs of the local area. The panels review the information included in the applications and take the following factors into consideration during the assessment process:
- 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.
Applications where sufficient detail is provided to answer the relevant questions have a better chance of being successful. See the Feedback section below for further information.
It is important to note that additional information such as results or selection into further representative teams cannot be added to the application after the championship occurs. As the applications are assessed solely on the details provided, results and further selection details do not affect an applicant’s chance of success.
Note: Applications submitted 6 months or more in advance of the nominated championships may be moved into the following round of assessment at the discretion of the Australian Sports Commission.
Submitting multiple applications
Applicants are able to submit more than one application per round or year. If you are attending multiple eligible events, it is encouraged to submit an application for each eligible event, to increase the chances of receiving a grant. It is important to note however that applicants are only eligible to receive one grant per allocation year, and it is at the assessment panel’s discretion to select which application (if any) will receive a grant.
Sharing a Grant
If applications are submitted by two or more siblings, and the assessment panel are having difficulty deciding between the siblings, a family/shared grant may be awarded. In this instance, the applicants will share the $500 grant between them.
The LSC program is currently oversubscribed with a large number of applications received each year. While approximately 5500 applications are successful each year, there are hundreds of applications each round that are unsuccessful.
Therefore, although the funding cannot be guaranteed, it is recommended to include as much information in the application as possible to ensure you have a better opportunity to be considered for funding.
The text fields within the application allow up to 1000 characters to enable you to explain:
- Why the championships or event is important: This can include explaining how attending the championships will help you progress to the next level within your sporting pathway, what your ultimate goal is, or explaining how attending this event will help you as a person, away from sport (e.g. making the Australian team, improving and beating your personal record, developing leadership skills etc.).
- What the selection process entailed to be selected on the team or be eligible to attend the championships: This can include the official qualifying events, as well as detailing the training that went into preparing for the selection process or the training leading up to the championships.
- What your commitment to sport is: This can include providing details on your training schedule, distance required to travel to training, and other information to demonstrate your commitment, such as additional roles you undertake within your club (e.g. coaching, officiating or volunteering).
- Including additional information: This section allows you to add details that can support and strengthen your application when being assessed against other applicants. It is encouraged to explain how this grant can help you and your family. For example, you could include the cost to attend the nominated championships, you and your family’s circumstances and why you require the grant to assist in attending the nominated championships.
Other Funding Opportunities
Applicants may find other relevant funding opportunities through other Government Departments and organisations listed on the Other Funding Opportunities page on our website.