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Local Sporting Champions Program

Australian Sports Commission

Closing: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

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 championship, or a School Sport Australia state or national championships. If successful, applicants will receive $500-$750 towards the cost of attending their event. 


For instructions about this specific Local Sporting Champions grant, please read the Guidelines or FAQs.

For assistance please contact the Australian Sports Commission by Phone: +61 2 6214 1111, or Email: [email protected]


Please visit the Australian Sport's Commission Online Grant Application Portal to apply. 

*Round 1 Closed 30 June 2021

*Round 2 Closing 30 September 2021

Jetstar Flying Start Program

Jetstar Airways 

Closing: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Focus: Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Amount: Up to $30,000

Guidelines & Applications

Please visit the Flying Start Program website for further information. 

Queensland Emerging Athletes Subsidies

Queensland Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing

Closing: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

This program provides support to young athletes for attendance at specific state, national and international events. Athletes and officials can only apply for the funding after they have competed or officiated at an event, and within 6 months of participating. Please visit QLD Government - Emerging Athlete Pathways for further information. 

Currently Closed:

Queensland GovernmentFairPlayVouchers

Queensland Government

Closed: Round 4 - 17 March 2021

The Return to Play Program provides FairPlay vouchers to help get children involved in local sporting activities. Parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used towards sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers. 

1) You can apply if your child:

  • is a Queensland resident aged from 5 to 17 years (inclusive) at the time of application
  • did not receive a FairPlay voucher this year
  • holds, or whose parent, carer or guardian holds, a valid Department of Human Services Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child’s name on it.

If you are experiencing financial hardship but don't meet the eligibility criteria, you can seek to apply through a registered referral agent.

2) Search the activity provider directory to check that:

  • your chosen activity is listed
  • there is a registered provider near you.

Guidelines and Applications

3) Read and understand the FairPlay voucher application terms and conditions.

4) You will need a QGrants account to apply—create an account if you don’t have one. Watch the video to find out how to easily create your QGrants account.

For more information, please visit

The Heart Foundations Active Australia Innovation Challenge

The Heart Foundation, supported by the Australian Government Department of Health

Closed: 26 April 2021

The Heart Foundation is inviting applications for the 2021 Active Australia Innovation Challenge. The program encourages applications for innovative projects that support people who do not meet Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines, people at risk of chronic disease, and people living in communities with low levels of physical activity and exercise. This includes people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, communities living in rural and remote regionand people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

This year the Heart Foundation has up to twenty $10,000 grants for new, innovative projects that get more people moving in schools, universities or local community groups.


Learn more about application processes, eligibility requirements and selection criteria in the Application Guide.

Please direct program questions to:  [email protected]


Applications are available online through the Heart Foundation's Grants Portal.

Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant 


The aim of the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant is to use sport and physical activity projects to address inclusion issues for vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and seeks to enhance wellbeing and sense of community belonging.



The grant aims to contribute to the building of resilient, cohesive and harmonious communities to ensure that individuals, families and communities have the opportunity to thrive and have the capacity to respond to emerging needs and challenges.


The following community groups will be targeted to engage in sport and physical activity projects:

  • newly arrived migrants and refugees; 
  • women;
  • people with a physical or mental disability; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


The objectives of the grant are to contribute on a local level to:

  • support vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals from targeted community groups to participate in flexible, community based sport and physical activity projects; and 
  • increase acceptance of diversity, build inclusive communities, and assist vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families to develop social links through sport and physical activity.



To be eligible you must have been operating for 12 months or longer and be one of the following entity types:

  • a not-for-profit (NFP) organization whose NFP status must be demonstrated through one of the following: 
  • current registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC); 
  • state or territory incorporated association status; or 
  • constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the NFP character of your organization.
  • a sporting organisation, such as a community sports club, national, state or registered sport association;
  • a local government entity. As the Australian Capital Territory does not have local government entities, it is eligible to apply. 


Amount: $50,000 to undisclosed


Application methods: Online




Currently closed



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