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The SAF Grant Program

The aim of the Sport Access Foundation (SAF) grants is to provide financial assistance to help children and teenagers with a physical or intellectual disability to participate in sporting activities that are otherwise beyond the financial means of their family.

In 2017 SAF awarded its inaugural annual grants: 3 grants of $2000 each for children and teenagers aged 7-17 years with a physical or intellectual disability.

From 29 applications in 2017 the Grants Program grew to 100 applications in our second year in 2018.

For information about our previous SAF Grant recipients visit our Honor Roll.

Our Grants in 2019

Applications for 2019 opened on Friday 17 May 2019 and will close on Sunday 14 July 2019.

In November 2018 we completed a comprehensive review of our Grants Program. This resulted in the expansion of the program with the introduction of more grants in 2019 - all with the aim to address different needs and broaden the support we offer.

We now offer Individual Grants as well as grants for Clubs or Programs. Each Grant has specific Eligibility Criteria, e.g. living in a certain State/Territory, age restrictions, being a member of a sports club. These specific Eligibility Criteria are listed under each Grant.

Who Can Apply?

Each Individual and Club/Program Grants have specific Eligibility Criteria, which are listed under each Grant.
Some general Eligibility Criteria apply to all Grants.

You can apply for an Individual Grant, if you are:

7 -17 years old in this calendar year
living with a physical or intellectual disability
an Australian citizen or permanent resident and are residing in Australia


You can apply for a Club/Program Grant, if you:

are a registered sporting club or program
have children with a disability aged 7-17 as your members or want to enable them to join
I can Apply

Are you ready to apply for one of our 2019 Grants?

Apply Now

Selection Process

After the closing date Sport Access Foundation (“SAF”) reviews all applications to confirm eligibility before passing on all eligible applications to the SAF Selection Committee. The SAF Selection Committee will decide on a shortlist of applicants.

This shortlist is provided to the SAF Selection Panel. The SAF Selection Panel comprises of 3 individuals in corporate Australia, in sporting Australia and in the community at wide who are independent of the SAF Board and the SAF Selection Committee.

SAF will inform via email all applicants whether their application progressed to the shortlist or not.

If shortlisted for a grant, you will receive an email and we ask you to:

reply to acknowledge the shortlist email within 7 days
provide within 14 days of the shortlist email the following (only applicable for Individual Grants):
two written references which can be a coach, mentor, teacher or employer
a medical certificate verifying the physical or intellectual impairment*
two action photos playing your sport (please provide clear, high quality/resolution photos)
give your consent for Sport Access Foundation to:
announce your full name on SAF social media, web and news as a shortlist member
use the details provided in your application for social media, web and news
Use content from your application, e.g. the reason you stated why you needed the funding
All content is treated with the utmost care, and SAF will only use content, which enables us to educate and promote awareness of why donations and the public support is important.
be willing to participate in an interview (and/or your parent/guardian) – via video-conference (skype)
This will only be necessary, should an SAF Selection Committee member wish to do this.

SAF will contact all shortlisted applicants by email or phone call to inform them, whether their application was successful, and they will receive a grant, or not.

Grant recipients will need to accept all T&Cs of the contract and application process. T&C include conditions on how grants can be spent and what proof/documentation must be provided to SAF about the acquired services or products.

SAF endeavours to communicate any progress throughout the selection process. However we are not able to give any information about individual applications or a date for the announcement of the shortlist.

The decisions of the Sports Access Foundation for the grants are final and there is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. However, unsuccessful applicants may apply for future grants offered by Sport Access Foundation.

*You are considered as having a disability if:

you have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent (i.e. it is likely to be life long, even if it varies in intensity) and
your impairment substantially reduces your ability to participate effectively in activities or perform tasks or actions unless you:
receive assistance from other people or
have assistive technology or equipment (other than common items such as glasses) or
have additional resources available for specific transport requirements, a carer, expenses, which are incurred due to your condition etc.
An impairment that varies in intensity e.g. because the impairment is of a chronic episodic nature, may still be permanent, despite the variation.
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Are you ready to apply for one of our 2019 Grants?

Apply Now
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