Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic is encouraging local young sport stars to apply for the Local Sporting Champions grant.
The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for junior sportsmen and women towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching, umpiring or refereeing in an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised state or national sporting championships, or national school sport championships.
“Applications for the Round 2 grants close at the end of this month, and so it’s a timely reminder that this grant program is available”, Mr Husic said.
“I get enormous pleasure when I meet these talented athletes and am happy that I get the opportunity to recognise them for their achievements.”
“I appreciate that there are many sacrifices made for them to achieve at the highest level in their chosen sports, with parents often bearing the financial burden.”
Grants of $500 for eligible individuals and $3000 for eligible teams are available to successful applicants.
To be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:
· Be between 12 and 18 years of age (inclusive) at the time of the nominated sporting championships.
· Be participating as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee in an official national or state level sporting championship, endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) or state sporting organisation (SSO) or national school sport championship endorsed by School Sport Australia.
· Be required to travel greater than 250km, return.
Local Sporting Champions program application forms are available from the Australian Sports Commission website www.ausport.gov.au/champions and must be submitted by 28 February to be included in this round.
“An announcement will be made shortly on successful applicants from Round 1 of the program.”