The Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program, managed by the Australian Sports Commission, assists young people aged between 12-18 with participation costs of being involved in sporting events whether as a player, coach or official.

The grant is intended to help cover the costs of travel, accommodation, uniforms and equipment required for the sporting event, with $500 grants available for individuals and $3000 grants available for teams. Grants are available for young people participating in a nominated National Sporting Organisation endorsed state or national sporting championships, a School Sport Australia national championships or an international competition where the applicant is participating in the official Australian team.

For more information on the scheme, or to fill out an application form, go to http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_and_juniors/local_sporting_champions.