Friday, May 24, 2024

Sport Access Foundation's Record $39,000 in Annual Grants Available Now For Young Australian Athletes!

Sport Access Foundation

Two times Paralympian, and Paralympic Gold Medallist Katie Kelly OAM PLY has opened the Sport Access Foundation (SAF) 8th consecutive year of offering sporting grants.

In the year of the Paris 2024 Paralympics, SAF is giving away a record $39,000 in funding, and over 36 grants to young Australians with disability aged 7-17 years and sporting clubs.


The impact of these grants has resulted in Sport AccessFoundation’s honour roll members going on to achieve the highest representation in their sport including 3 x Paralympians, Commonwealth Games representatives including the Junior Commonwealth Games and World Championships across sports including Athletics, Swimming, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Table Tennis.


This year’s record grant funding was made possible with the investment of the Waratah Education Foundation.

Grants open Friday 24 May 

Grants close Friday 19 July


We would also like to wish several of our Honour Roll members the best in the coming months as they prepare for the Paris Paralympics including:

Col Pearse - 2017 Honour Roll, Swimming

Kiera Stephens - 2019 Honour Roll, Swimming

Jamieson Leeson - 2019 Honour Roll, Boccia

Jack Howell - 2021 Honour Roll, Triathlon

Cameron Jones - 2022 Honour Roll, Kayak

  1. Pathway to Paralympic grant
    Total: $4,000 - $2,000 x 2
  2. BlueScope Sporting Club grant
    Total: $10,000 - $2,000x 4
  3. Kick Start grant
       Supported by Waratah Education Foundation
       Total: $20,000 - $1,000 x 20 supported
  4. No Barriers grant
       Supported by Waratah Education Foundation
       Total: $5,000 - $500 x 10

Apply for a grant today and check the details in each grant category to ensure you meet the criteria.

All grant applications are then shortlisted by the Sport Access Foundation Selection Committee and this short list is submitted to theIndependent Panel who decide on the final grant recipient list.

Keep an eye on your inbox for updates from September to advise if you have been successful.


About Sport Access Foundation

SAF provides annual grants to support 7-17 year-olds with disability to access and further develop their chosen sporting pathways. The aim is to improve the participation rate of young Australians with a disability to sport, and ensure there is no barrier to their participation alongside their able bodied sporting mates.

Katie Kelly OAM PLY founded Sport Access Foundation in 2017 after winning the first-ever Paratriathlon Gold Medal for Australia at the Rio2016 Paralympics. Through her experience of being hearing and sight-impaired, Katie saw the need to provide assistance to young Australians living with a disability keen to participate in sport.

Our grants are funded through donations, and foundation grant support. The funding grant awarded to recipients can go towards the cost of their sport, including modified equipment, carer costs, transport and fees.

Sport Access Foundation are grateful for the support of our founding partner BlueScope.


Grant descriptions

Pathway to Paralympics

The Pathway to Paralympics grant is for aspiring Paralympians. This grant will help support two potential Paralympians withParalympic-level performance support and assist in the additional costs incurred.

The grants cover the cost of new and upgraded equipment, international competition, additional coaching support and travel (particularly where travel with equipment or a carer/guide is required) and integrated performance support from Compeat Performance to ensure they are achieving their development potential. Applicants need to provide a written endorsement from their State or National federation.


BlueScope Sporting Club Grant

BlueScope Sporting Club grants will be awarded to registered sporting clubs affiliated with a National Sporting Organisation (as recognised by Sport Australia). The grant is for specific programs to include children with a disability and/or enable children with a disability to be members of their clubs. 

The funding can be used for new and upgraded equipment such as marquees, lights, accessible club rooms and restrooms, accessible technology for club digital equipment, cost to implement programs specifically for children with a disability and/or to educate club officials/coaches/volunteers on working with children with a disability.


Sport Access Foundation No Barriers Grant

The No Barriers grants will help young Australians aged 7-12 with a disability overcome initial start-up costs to participate in sport. The funds are to be used towards new and upgraded equipment, club and competition fees, cost of travel and accommodation.


Sport Access Foundation Kick Start Grant

The Kick Start grants will help young Australians with a disability access financial support to re-join their supporting club and/or sporting competitions. The funds can help pay club registration fees, carer costs, extra coaching, team uniforms or travel to participate in the sport.


About Waratah Education Foundation

Waratah Education Foundation support programs that pursue, promote and improve education outcomes, so all children in Australia can gain essential life skills and realise their academic potential.

Waratah Education Foundation support educational activities and programs that help break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage amongst marginalised communities.

Waratah Education Foundation facilitate and support the development of knowledge through research programs which may prove to enhance the wellbeing of children and young people. 

For more details visit Waratah Education Foundation.

To apply for one of the grants available, please click the button below


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