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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 2020

This year we are grateful that despite these times of COVID-19, Sport Access Foundation (SAF) can continue our grants program.

This year, we are offering grants that are focussed on the mental and health well being of our young Australians.

One of the grants on offer is – BlueScope’s ‘Building Up’ grant. Building Up is about giving our recipients the best possible chance to come out of these social distancing times, in the best possible shape both physically and mentally. These funds can be used to invest in their technology for home schooling, improvements to their communication tools with teachers, as well as services that will support their overall mental and physical well-being.

Who Can Apply?

Each Grant have specific Eligibility Criteria, which are listed under each Grant. Some general Eligibility Criteria apply to all Grants. You can apply 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
I can Apply

Are you ready to apply for one of our 2020 Grants?

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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 2020 Grants?

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