There are various grants and funding opportunities available for athletes or individuals to gain financial support to aid with the costs associated with pursuing their sporting dreams.
We have listed some grants or funding opportunities below for you, but we also recommend checking with your Local Government/Council directly.
- Queensland Short Course Championships Funding
- Interstate Open Water Funding
- FairPlay Vouchers
- Emerging Athlete Pathways Subsidy
- Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program
- Westfield AU Local Heroes
Swimming Queensland provides funding for eligible swimmers to attend the Queensland Short Course Championships each year. Eligible swimmers can receive between $50 to $300 to support them and are emailed directly regarding the support available to them and the process for payment each year.
Swimmers who have accepted their position on a Swimming Queensland McDonald’s Bronze, Flippers, Silver or Gold, Pool or SWD Squad are eligible for the SC funding support if they also are a member of a club in one of the following: Toowoomba area, West of Toowoomba, North of Noosa, Central Queensland Region, North Queensland Region or Far North Queensland Region.
*Please note, funding for the 2019 McDonald’s Queensland Short Course Championships will be for eligible swimmers in the 2019/20 McDonald’s Queensland Development Sqauds. These squads will be annouced in June 2019.
Swimming Queensland provides funding for eligible swimmers to attend an interstate or international open water event each year. Swimmers in a Swimming Queensland McDonald’s Gold, Silver or Flippers Open Water squad are eligible for funding support. However, please note that National Championships are not eligible events, and funding support will be paid after the event results have been submitted.
As part of the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and recreation at the grassroots level FairPlay Vouchers are available to assist children and young people who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from, joining a sport or active recreation club. Eligible children and young people can apply for a voucher valued up to $150, which can be redeemed at a sport or recreation club that is registered for FairPlay Vouchers.
Emerging Athlete Pathways aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events. The subsidy provides financial assistance through three event tiers and supports attendance at specific state, national and international events.
Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) officiating at eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.
The subsidy will allow up to a maximum of $1,200 in financial assistance over the three event tiers, once every two calendar years. Eligible athletes and officials can apply for one event per tier once every two calendar years.
The following subsidy amounts are available under the three event tiers:
state or state school event—$200
national or national school event—$400
Lodging an application does not guarantee funding.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s Scholarship & Mentoring Program is a scholarship that includes a $5,000 sporting expenses grant plus scholarship holders enjoy unrivalled access to personal one-on-one mentoring from an Inducted Member.
Westfield AU Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching communities. Individuals are nominated and voted for by their communities, with three finalists per Westfield Living centre each awarded a $10,000 grant to support their affiliated organisation’s work, programs or activities.