The Local Sporting Champions program has been expanded by the Australian Government to provide more young Australians opportunities to receive funding to attend sporting events.
Under the program young athletes, coaches or officials can now apply for funding to help attend international competitions and state school championships.
The inclusion of such competitions means the Local Sporting Champions program will recognise some of Australia's most talented young athletes and provide them with financial assistance to participate in sport and represent their country at an international level.
The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 when competing, coaching or officiating at either an Australian Sports Commission-recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) state or national sporting championships, a national or state school sport championships or be a member of an official Australian team endorsed by an ASC-recognised NSO or School Sport Australia travelling to an international competition.
Successful applicants will receive a one-off individual grant of $500 or team grant of $3000. Eligible sportspeople can only receive one Local Sporting Champion grant a year.
Candidates can complete the Local Sporting Champions application form online before their championship event. More information on eligibility for a grant is available at www.ausport.gov.au/champions
Applications are open all year. Round 2 of the 2012-13 Local Sporting Champions grant allocation closes on 31 October.