- Funding categories
The program has two funding categories:
Category 1: Organisations recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria
State sporting associations, Victorian regional academies of sport and state sport and recreation bodies recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria can apply on behalf of Victorian teams or individuals for travel to compete at an event or series of events as a state representative athlete. This includes mandatory training camps, selection trials, national championships events and athlete development items.
In each funding round, organisations can apply for:
- One grant of up to $6,000 for teams with a maximum of $1,000 per team member.
- Two grants for individuals up to a maximum of $1,500 each.
Recognised organisations will be eligible for a maximum of three grants in any financial year. Eligibility does not guarantee success.
Category 2: Victorian sport and recreation clubs
Victorian sport and recreation clubs can apply for funding for emerging athletes (individuals or teams) to assist with the costs of travel to train or compete at events that contribute to their development within their sporting pathway. In addition, some athlete development items will be eligible for funding this round only.
Clubs can also apply for funding for coaches and officials to assist with the costs of travel to carry out official duties at events.
In each funding round, organisations can apply for two grants of either:
- Grants of up to $2,000 are available for teams with a maximum of $500 per team member; and/or
- Grants of up to $750 for individuals.
Victorian sport and recreation clubs are eligible for a maximum of two grants in any financial year. Eligibility does not guarantee success.
- What types of activities might be funded?
Travel and accommodation costs to compete at an event or series of events as a state representative athlete and any additional athlete development costs. This includes mandatory training camps, selection trials and national championships events.
Travel, accommodation and athlete development costs to train or compete at events that contribute to an emerging athlete’s development within their sporting pathway. Funding is also available to assist coaches and officials with travel and accommodation costs to travel to undertake official duties at events.
Travel and accommodation and athlete development costs over a 12 month period for emerging athletes (individuals or teams) to assist with the costs of travel to train or compete at events that contribute to their development within their sporting pathway. This could include regular trips to train with a state squad or regional club.
Travel and accommodation costs over a 12 month period for coaches and officials to carry out official duties at events.
Applications should reflect support of gender equity across teams and individuals.
Sport and Recreation Victoria recognises that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) travel may be restricted, which is why some additional athlete development items are eligible for funding this round only. They include:
- competition entry and registration fees
- online training/development programs
- venue hire fees (funding for athletes who pay the expense themselves)
- state representation fees for training camps and/or competitions
- club membership fees with affiliated sport
- small equipment purchases to enable athlete to keep training
- specialist coach training fees
- sports psychologist fees
- sports medical/physiotherapy fees
- sports nutrition courses
- What will not be funded?
The Athlete Pathway Grants Program will not fund the following:
- costs other than travel, accommodation and athlete development (for example food, entrance fees or uniforms)
- travel that occurs before the eligible commencement date for each funding round
- travel costs for people accompanying athletes (for example parents)
- coaches and officials attending events for scouting, networking or participating in conferences and meetings
- coaches and officials under category 1
- international events under category 1
- athletes who receive financial or in-kind assistance from the Victorian Institute of Sport or the Australian Institute of Sport
- individual athletes, coaches or officials who have received a grant under this program in the previous financial year
- athletes aged under 12 years as at 1 January in the year of the grant (some exceptions in gymnastics or diving may be considered)
- applications from schools, hospitals, or individuals
- applicants that are not Victorian incorporated organisations
- applications seeking more than the eligible maximum amounts for that category
- applicants submitted by a third party grant writer
- Who is eligible for the funding?
Applications may be submitted by state sporting associations, Victorian regional academies of sport and state sport and recreation bodies recognised by Sport and Recreation Victoria.
Applications may be submitted by Victorian sport and recreation clubs delivering sport and active recreation programs.
Active recreation organisations must be delivering an activity that is supported by a recognised State Sport and Recreation Body. This list can be found on the Sport and Recreation Victoria’s website at https://sport.vic.gov.au/our-work/industry-development/find-sport-and-recreation-organisations/state-sport-and-recreation.
Sport disciplines delivered by applicants must be a person centric physical activity, this includes modified sports and does not include animal obedience or showing. A discipline supported by another government portfolio will also not be supported (for example harness racing and ballet).
Victorian residents living close to state borders who do not have reasonable access to a Victorian sporting club should contact Sport and Recreation Victoria for assistance with Category 2.
Applicants under both categories must:
- be non-government, not-for-profit and registered as an incorporated body at the time of application and for the project duration. If an applicant organisation is not registered as an incorporated body, it must arrange for a legally constituted organisation to manage the grant funds
- possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide a completed Australian Tax Office form (statement by a supplier) so that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment
- provide detailed travel itinerary, quotes for any athlete development items and travel items where possible
- adhere to and enforce the Fair Play Code (or) their relevant state sporting association code of conduct/member protection policy, which incorporates the Fair Play Code. Further information about this code can be found at www.sport.vic.gov.au/publications-and-resources/community-sport-resources/fair-play-code
- comply with the expectations of the Victorian Anti-doping Policy 2012. Further information about this can be found at www.sport.vic.gov.au/publications-and-resources/integrity-sport/anti-doping
- have satisfactorily met reporting requirements on any grants received from Sport and Recreation Victoria.
Use of third party grant writers
While a community organisation is welcome to engage a third party ‘grant writer’ to assist it develop a funding application, organisations need to be aware that it is the organisation, not the grant writer, that is making an application for funding. As such, in a successful grant it is the community organisation not the grant writer that is responsible for delivering the funded activity by entering a binding agreement.
For this reason, the organisation must ensure the accuracy and truthfulness of all matters contained in an application, whether prepared by the organisation or by a grant writer on its behalf.
- Application process
Applications will be considered in one assessment round this year as detailed below:
2020-21 Round 1 and 2
Round open- Applications will open 1 March 2021 and will close on 5pm 27 April 2021.
Travel Dates Eligible for each funding round
Recognised Sport and Recreation Victorian organisations
Eligible organisations can apply in advance of teams or individuals being selected. Project must commence within the following six months and is valid for use for 12 months.
2020-21 Round: project must commence between 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021.
Victorian sport and recreation clubs
Project must commence within the dates below and is valid for use for 12 months.
2020-21 Round: project must commence between 7 April 2021 to 31 December 2021.
Outcomes notified by May 2021.
There are some important steps to consider before submitting an application.
Step 1: Check your eligibility
Check the detailed information contained in the program guidelines to see if your organisation and your proposed activity is eligible.
Step 2: Apply using the DJPR grants portal
Make sure you have the information you need on hand including required documents and click on ‘Start new application’ to submit your application through Grants Online. You will receive an Application Number when you submit an application online. Please quote your Application Number in all correspondence relating to your application.
Once an application has been submitted it cannot be edited. If revisions are required, a new application must be submitted, and the old application must be withdrawn.
If you require assistance with understanding program criteria or with applying online, please contact the Sport and Recreation Victoria Call Centre on email email@example.com or phone 1800 325 206 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
What you need before you apply
- provide detailed travel itinerary, quotes for any athlete development items and travel items where possible.
Responses to the following Questions:
a) Provide details of the project for which funding is sought and explain the importance of how the project will contribute to the athlete’s development within a sporting pathway
b) Provide a breakdown of what the funding will be used for. If funding is being used for travel the itinerary form also needs to be completed and attached to the application.
c) Is this team or individual representing Victoria? Provide a short background of the team or individual’s current pathway and achievements.
d) Does this individual, or any team member identify with any underrepresented cohorts as follows:
Health Care Card Holder
from a community with high level of socio-economic disadvantage
Women and girls
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- People with disability
e) How is your organisation supporting the development of this individual or team?
- Apply now
NOTE: Since the change of department you will need to create a new online account using the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) grants portal.
Category 1: Apply now
Category 2: Apply now
Click here to access a saved draft application.
You must attach quotes relating to athlete development costs or travel itinerary form along with your application
To access an old application from your DHHS account using old user details: Grants Online website
- Grant acquittal
Organisations successful in obtaining a grant from 2020-21 Round onwards, should email Sport and Recreation Victoria grants for instructions on how to complete the acquittal process.
Organisations successful in obtaining a grant between 2016 and 2020 can complete the grant acquittal process by downloading the evaluation report and return with supporting documentation as outlined in the report.
Please return all documentation electronically by email as outlined in the report.
Grant acquittal can be completed as soon as all grant funds have been spent.
NOTE: the above report contains interactive form fields - please do not print and hand write in the fields
- Additional information
Status: Open Closing: 27/04/2021
The Athlete Pathway Grants Program provides grants to improve Victorian athlete development pathways from community to national representation level. Support is available to assist with costs of travel for high performance athletes to represent Victoria and emerging athletes traveling to train or compete at events that contribute to their development within their sporting pathway. Assistance is also available for officials and coaches travel.