SASI Individual Athlete Program

Individual Athlete Scholarships are aimed at athletes engaged in comprehensive program of intensive training and international competition in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games sport and discipline. Country Athlete Awards are aimed at athletes (aged 13 – 18 years, permanent residence more than 130km from Adelaide GPO) with demonstrated ability to progress to senior elite level in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games sport and discipline.

Applications closed

Key dates

Anticipated opening for 2023: Late 2022

Guidelines and budget

2022 SASI Individual Athlete Program

Example Guidelines

Budget: $135,000

Elite athletes who are engaged in a comprehensive program of intensive training and international competition in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games sport and discipline.

Who can apply for a SASI Individual Athlete Scholarship?

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be:

  • An Australian Citizen;
  • Competing in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games sport and discipline;
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to be selected onto the next national team for the international benchmark event relevant to their age, e.g. Senior/U23/Junior World Championships;
  • Registered as a competitor with a South Australian SSO that is affiliated with a NSO that is recognised by Sport Australia (please note that the SSO must be recognised as the peak state body);
  • Engaged in a comprehensive program of intensive training and international competition;
  • Intending to compete in their sport throughout the scholarship period or be engaged in a planned rehabilitation program for the next 12 months or part thereof;
  • Working towards the attainment of their full potential in their sport and also their studies and/or occupation.

Who can apply for a SASI Country Athlete Award?

To be eligible for an Award, applicants must be:

  • An Australian Citizen;
  • South Australian athletes with primary residence 130km or more from the Adelaide GPO. Kangaroo Island residents are eligible to apply;
  • Competing in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games sport and discipline;
  • Registered as a competitor with a South Australian SSO that is affiliated with a NSO that is recognised by Sport Australia (please note that the SSO must be recognised as the peak state body);
  • Aged between 13 and 18 inclusive, on 31 December 2021;
  • Recognised as having the ability to reach the senior elite level of competition;
  • Recognised as having the potential to transition into a SASI sport program or Individual Athlete Scholarship; competing at a high level nationally at age championships or on a trajectory to compete at that level within 2 years;
  • Engaged in a comprehensive program of training and competition;
  • Intending to compete in their sport throughout the following 12 month period or be engaged in a planned rehabilitation program for the next 12 months or part thereof;
  • Working towards the attainment of their full potential in their sport and also their studies and/or occupation.

Applicants can apply for funding under the following types of Scholarships:

SASI Individual Athlete Scholarship

The Individual Athlete Scholarships provide financial assistance to offset the costs associated with high performance training, competition and equipment.

SASI Individual Athlete Scholarships are not available to athletes who are scholarship holders in a SASI sport program. Athletes in sports where SASI conducts a program applicable to their age group for the full period of the scholarship are also ineligible.

Financial assistance and performance support servicing will be tiered according to the athlete’s sport categorisation along with their recent performances and future potential at benchmark events.*

Benefits additional to the financial assistance will be available on a case-by-case basis. Benefits may include:

  • Use of SASI facilities and training venues;
  • Sport science and sport medicine servicing;
  • Athlete career development assistance.

* Benchmark events – The highest ranked event each year specific to your sport at the appropriate age and level i.e. World Championships.

SASI Country Athlete Award

The SASI Country Athlete Award (CAA) offers financial assistance to talented junior athletes, who are performing at a national level or on the trajectory to compete at this level within 2 years in Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games sports and disciplines. This Award targets athletes from rural areas to offset expenses that may be incurred in:

  • The implementation of a training and competition program;
  • Travel and accommodation not met by the club, State or National Sporting Organisation;
  • The purchase and maintenance of training and competition equipment.

CAA recipients will have demonstrated through their sporting achievements, an outstanding ability to progress to the senior elite level. Athletes who have been identified by the SASI Talent Search Program or a National Talent Identification Program in their sport will also be considered.

Please be aware that the online application contains mandatory questions that will not let you submit until answered, in a number of cases the responses are required for an application to be considered eligible.

Applicants may be required to accurately provide the following information:

  • The applicant’s sport and the targeted event/discipline.
  • Which State Sporting Organisation the applicant is registered with and the registration/licence number.
  • Contact details for the High Performance Director (If applying for the Individual Athlete Scholarship).
  • Contact details for the applicant’s coach.
  • Three best sporting achievements in the past 12 months for; International, National and State.
  • Performance Plan – which should include training priorities, goals and a competition schedule for the next 12 months.
  • What the estimated total cost of the applicant’s sport is over the next 12 months.
  • Disability Classification (if applicable).
  • The applicant’s Australian Business Number (ABN) is entered correctly and matches the legal name.
  • If the applicant does not have an ABN, you will need to submit a completed Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Statement by Supplier Form with your application, otherwise 46.5% of any approved grant may be withheld. Download the Statement by Supplier form from the ATO.

All attachments must be submitted with your SmartyGrants application. Attachments and/or other information not submitted in the applicant’s SmartyGrants application may not be considered through the assessment process.

Please note it is not possible to approve all requests; therefore funding should not be deemed automatic or anticipated. Please ensure you follow the helpful hints on each question.

STEP 1 – Application Screening

Once the round has closed, applications are screened to check that:

  • The applicant is eligible to apply, and
  • The application has been completed in full.

Incomplete applications may be deemed ineligible.

STEP 2 – Assessment against principles

If the application passes screening it will be assessed by the SASI IAP Funding Assessment Committee who will take into consideration the performance achievements.

NSO’s / SSO’s will be consulted during the review process.

Please note, satisfying the principles alone does not guarantee the receipt of an award or scholarship.

STEP 3 - Recommendations

Once assessment is completed, award and scholarship recommendations are forwarded to the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing for consideration.

All applicants and the NSO/SSO will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

When unforeseen circumstances occur throughout the scholarship period, recipients can seek to amend the terms or conditions, seek additional time or amend the purpose/outcome of the grant.

If you require an amendment, please contact us with your application number and we will forward an Agreement Variation Request through SmartyGrants, which will ask what you would like varied and why you need it varied, for your scholarship.

Your Agreement Variation Request will be considered, and you will be notified of the outcome of your request.