Travel Grants To Help Our Athletes Excel

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Victoria’s rising sports stars to apply for travel grants to help them take their skills to the next level.

Minister for Sport John Eren today announced applications have opened for the Labor Government’s 2018/19 Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program.

The program helps aspiring Victorian athletes, teams, coaches and officials realise their sporting potential through grants that remove the barrier of travel and accommodation costs.

In a country as large as Australia, athletes often have to travel significant distances, often at significant cost, to pursue their sporting dreams.

There are two categories of grants:

  • state sporting associations can apply for grants of up to $6,000 for teams or up to $2,000 for individuals to travel to compete at national championships or trials.
  • community sport and recreation organisations can apply for grants of up to $750 to help with travel and accommodation costs related to competition or training for athletes, teams, coaches and officials.

This round will see around $275,000 allocated to more than 150 recipients across the state.

Since the grants were introduced by the Labor Government they have helped 950 recipients realise their sporting dreams.

Those recipients range from football to motor sport and hockey – athletes or organisations from any sport or active recreation are eligible to apply.

The funding is part of the Labor Government’s ongoing investment in sports and active recreation, to encourage all Victorians to get out there and get active.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 invested almost half-a-billion to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength-to-strength.

For further information on the program visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“This program provides a fantastic opportunity for us to help athletes take the next step in their sporting journey, from community level to representative level.”

“We want to see more and more Victorians embracing an active and healthy lifestyle, and we’re investing in the facilities and programs to make that a reality.”