2021 had three companies offer their support to SAF as naming rights sponsors in our Annual Grants program. CompEat Nutrition sponsoring the Pathway to Paralympics Grant, BlueScope continuing their support, sponsoring Sporting Club Grants and Casino RSM providing funds for First Nations girls in the Bundjalung (Northern New) Region. SAF also provided Kick Start Grants for younger athletes.
In 2020 we were grateful that despite COVID-19, SAF can continue our grants program. 2020 offered grants that focussed on the mental and health well-being of our young Australians. BlueScope, for the first time, extended their support to become a naming rights grant sponsor. We were thrilled to have PICA Group return for a second year in a row supporting the Grants Program.
In 2019 we had over $22,000 in grants that helped to recognise the outstanding achievements of young athletes with a disability who represent their sport at the highest level. Harvey Norman teamed up with SAF to provide the Harvey Heroes sporting grants. This grant was set up to encourage as many young children living with a disability to join a local sporting Club. PICA Group also supported the SAF Grant Program to provide financial support for sporting clubs across the country. Their grant assisted sporting clubs who provide programs and support for young Aussies with a disability to participate as a member of their club.
In 2018 we were delighted to have the support of The June Canavan Foundation, which supports programs that drive sustainable change through sports, access, health, education and conservation. They provided $6,000 to fund the three grants. We also secured the support of BMD Group to provide an additional fourth grant for $2,000 to a young child living with a disability of indigenous heritage in the Northern Territory. Thank you to Richie Ward, the NT BMD executive and the BMD Group board for your support in launching this inaugural grant for Indigenous children.
Sport Access Foundation received 25 applications in our inaugural first round of grants. Applicants ranged in age from 11-17 years and were from across SA, NSW, QLD, WA and VIC. Their physical and intellectual challenges ranged from autism, to legally blind, to amputees. The subcommittee shortlisted the applicants to a final eight – and then the independent Sport Access Foundation Grants Selection Committee followed the due processes (as set out by SAF subcommittee) to determine the final three recipients.
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After cheering on three of its former grant recipients in the Australian Paralympic team in Tokyo, Sport Access Foundation is delighted to announce its 2021 grant recipients...