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Sport and Recreation Events Program

There are two distinct event categories within the Sport and Recreation Events Program, these are:

  • Regional and Rural Community Participation Events - eligible events are those conducted outside the Sydney Metropolitan area (i.e. that area outside the Sydney Metropolitan area that is outside the County of Cumberland and the local government areas of Liverpool, Penrith, Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains, as per The Regional Development Act 2004) and outside the Local Government Areas from Newcastle to Wollongong along the coast.
  • International and National Sporting Events


The key objective for Regional and rural community participation events is to support events conducted in regional and rural areas that encourage participation opportunities at the community level in regional and rural areas for sports/physical activities and provide a focal point for community building and engagement.


The key objective for International and national sporting events is to attract international and national sporting events to NSW which provide an opportunity for talented athletes, officials and coaches to develop their skills through exposure to and participation in international and national standard competition in their home state.


Funding is available for events held in NSW only. The amount organisations request should reflect the scale of the event.

Grants are capped at:

$30,000 for International Sporting Events;

$15,000 for National Championships; and

$10,000 for Regional and Rural Community Participation Events.


For more information regarding the grant, please follow the link:



Local Sporting Champions Grant-grants to help young people pursue their sporting dreams

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 championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Who is eligible?

The Local Sporting Champions program is designed to support young people participating in state, national and international level sporting championships as either an athlete, coach or official.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, young people must meet the following criteria:

  • Be turning 12 to 18 years of age in the same calendar year      as the nominated sporting championship.
  • Be an Australian citizen or have been granted permanent resident      status, residing in Australia.
  • Be participating as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee in:
    • an official state championships endorsed by       the relevant Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised national       sporting organisation (NSO), or 
    • an official state school sport championship       endorsed by a School Sport Australia member body, or 
    • an official national championships endorsed       by the relevant ASC recognised NSO, or
    • a national school sport championships       endorsed by School Sport Australia
    • an international competition as a member of       an official Australian team, endorsed by an ASC recognised NSO or School       Sport Australia.


  • Be living more than 125km from the championship venue, and      travelling greater than 250km return to participate in the nominated      championship.
  • Must complete and submit application to the ASC prior to the      nominated championship commencing.
  • Must not have received a Local Sporting Champions      grant for an application submitted in the same allocation year      (1 March - 28 February).
  • Must not have received $500 or more in federal      government funding for the nominated championship.
  • Must not be participating in a professional competition that      involves prize money greater than $500. 

For more information regarding the grant, please follow the link: