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Young Athletes Assistance Program

19/06/2015
Please find below information on the changes to Sport and Recreation Services funding to young athletes. 
 
Young Athlete Assistance Program
 
The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy will replace the Young Athlete Assistance Program from 1 July 2015.
Applications for the Young Athlete Assistance Program are closed. Please submit an application under the Young Athletes Travel Subsidy from 1 July 2015.
Note: If you attended an event conducted between 16 December 2014 and 31 January 2015 an extension on the six month application deadline has been granted to account for the transition to the Young Athletes Travel Subsidy. You now have until 31 July 2015 to apply under the Young Athletes Travel Subsidy.
 
Young Athletes Travel Subsidy - Opening on 1 July 2015
 
The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy (travel subsidy) will replace the Young Athlete Assistance Program on 1 July 2015. The principles of the programs are the same, but the new travel subsidy will provide additional financial assistance through three event tiers.
The new travel subsidy aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events.
The travel subsidy supports attendance at specific state, national and international events. Subsidies are provided retrospectively under a tiered funding model, with applicants eligible once every two calendar years at each tier.
Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) attending eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.
 
Who is eligible?
Applicants eligible for support are those who:
  • compete or officiate (as a coach, referee or scorer) at an eligible Queensland state or state school event, Australian national or national school event or international event
  • have been residents of Queensland for at least 12 months preceding the event
  • are under the age of 18 at the start of the event
  • travel a road distance of at least 250km (one-way) from their place of residence to the event location (to check road distances visit www.racq.com.au/travel/trip-planner)
  • fly a radial distance of at least 250km (one-way) from their place of residence to the event location (to check radial distances visit www.ga.gov.au/cocky/distance.jsp)
  • have their participation at the event confirmed by the relevant State Sporting Organisation, Queensland School Sport or School Sport Australia.
 
What funding is available?
Eligible athletes and officials can apply for one eligible event at each tier, once every two calendar years.
Event
Amount
State or state school event
$200
National or national school event
$400
International event
$600
Lodging an application does not guarantee funding. The following requirements must be met:
  • applications will not be considered before the start of a championship – applicants are required to use their own resources to travel to the event as funding is provided retrospectively
  • we must receive applications within six months of the start date of the eligible event.
Note: If you have attended an event conducted between 16 December 2014 and 31 January 2015, you have until 31 July 2015 to apply to allow for the transition from the Young Athlete Assistance Program to the Young Athletes Travel Subsidy.
Applications for events conducted from 16 December 2014
If you have submitted a Young Athlete Assistance Program application for a national or international event held in the six months leading up to the opening of the new travel subsidy (events held since 16 December 2014) you will be reimbursed the additional amount available under the new travel subsidy, where applicable.
We will be in touch with you to provide further information regarding the process.
 
How do I apply?
An online application form will be available at http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/ when the program opens on 1 July 2015.