Grants & Funding

There are a range of grants and funding opportunities for athletes and supporting clubs/ organisations that exist at the local, state and federal government level. A snapshot of opportunities relevant to snowsport athletes, coaches and clubs are included below. For a more comprehensive list, please visit Sport Australia and the respective links provided.

Snow Australia - Pathway Capability Grants (PCG)

The Snow Australia Pathway Capability Grants (PCG) have been established by Snow Australia to provide the oppportunity for National Discipline Committees, Regional Committees and / or aligned Pathway Development Programs or accredited Snowsports Clubs to apply for funding to deliver programs and projects in 2021 and 2022 that promote and develop snowsports in Australia.

Funding for the PCG project is derived from various sources including Interschools license fees, SSO Grants and other community fundraising activities. In this way, previously fragmented initiatives combine to achieve effective sport outcomes. 

Funding Amounts

Grants for 2021 will be awarded for amounts up to a maximum of $10,000 from a total mimimum funding pool of $85,000 in the 2020/2021 Snow Australia financial year.


These criteria have been established in consultation with the Snow Australia Board to assist in achieveing Snow Australia's Strategic Plan and priority objectives.

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with objective/s within the Snow Australia Strategic Plan.
  • Alignment with the relevant National Discipline Strategic Plan (or comparative document). 
  • The impact that the project will have on Snowsports Participation and/or Performance Pathways (particularly in regard to increasing opportunities within snowsports pathways).
  • Consideration for co-funding / co-investment.

Applications must address one of the following Snow Australia Strategic Priorities CLICK HERE (for the Strategic Plan):

  • Communication: Improve awareness and understanding of the vision, opportunities and achievements of our organisation.
  • Capability: Increase the skill level and well being of athletes, coaches, and programs within the performance pathway.
  • Community: Increase participation in comepetitive snowsports.
  • Capacity: Increase human and commercial resources. 

Applicants must also submit a detailed budget that outlines co-funding contributions, as well as any forecast /expected revenue that the program may generate. A detailed list of all expected expenses is required in the budget. 

Final grants will be subject to approval by the Snow Australia Board.


Important Dates

Activity Date
Applications Open Monday 7th June, 2021
Applications Close Close of Business, Monday 28th June, 2021
Announcement of successful applicants Monday 5th of July, 2021
Program Ends Friday 4th March, 2022


Eligible Use of Grant Funds

Examples of possible projects that satisfy criteria:
Club Governance review  Infrastructure project
Junior participation program Club / Program training equipment
Coach training course Access All Abilities program
Athlete conditioning program Women in Sport leadership training


How to Apply

CLICK HERE to download the Pathway Capability Grants information document. 




Sporting Schools - Little Shredders

Funding is available for schools to deliver Sporting Schools programs like Snow Australia's own 'Little Shredders' program before, during or after school hours. Sporting Schools offers two funding programs: Primary and Secondary School Grants.

For my information please click here for the Sporting Schools webpage and here for the Little Shredders webpage.

Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program

The Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program(EITAAP) provides funding for Indigenous sportspeople who have been selected in an official state/territory team to compete at national championships or the official Australian team to compete at an international competition. The program assists with eligible out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses only.

Local Sporting Champions Grants Program

The Local Sporting Champions grants program is designed to provide financial assistance for junior sportsmen and women towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing at an official NSO or NSOD endorsed state or national sporting competition, a School Sport Australia endorsed state or national championship or an international competition where the applicant is representing an official Australian team.

Women Leaders in Sport Grant Program 

The Women Leaders in Sport grant program provides female administrators, coaches and officials with opportunities to undertake intermediate to advanced training within the sport industry to reach their leadership potential. Grants are available for individuals and organisations in the areas of coaching, communications/media/marketing, governance, management/administration and officiating.

Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship & Mentoring Program 

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s Vision is to preserve and celebrate the history of Australian Sport and to excite the next generation of Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and life. 

The Scholarship & Mentoring Program is one opportunity to continue achieving our Vision by helping young Australians achieve at the highest level of their sport. 

The program consists of 1-on-1 personal mentoring by an inducted SAHOF member, a $5000 sporting expenses grant, on stage presentation of the scholarship at the SAHOF Induction & Awards Dinner, one internationl return ecnonomy flight within the Etihad Airways network (for sporting use only), and 'The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder' logo for agreed use.

dAIS – Athlete Grant

The dAIS scheme provides an opportunity for athletes in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports to receive a direct cash grant from the Australian Government. As well as supporting current podium finishing athletes, dAIS also provides support to a growing number of emerging athletes. Snow Australia submits dAIS applications on behalf of Australian snow sports athletes.

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Medal Incentive Scheme (MIS)

The AOC has the exclusive responsibility for the representation of Australia at the Olympic Games. To help achieve Australian Team objectives the AOC provides funding to National Federations, athletes and coaches.

To help achieve these objectives the AOC will provide funding known as “AOC Funding” or, in the case of Direct Funding to Medalists Medal Incentive Scheme. Athletes who won medals at benchmark competitions will be considered for AOC Funding the following year.

Olympic Solidarity

Olympic Solidarity is the IOC body responsible for managing and administering the share of the television rights of the Olympic Games that is allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

Olympic Solidarity exercises this responsibility in accordance with the specific programmes of technical and financial assistance approved by the Olympic Solidarity Commission. It assists the NOCs and the Continental Associations with their efforts for the development of sport through programmes carefully devised to match their specific needs and priorities.

The IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Scholarships are designed to improve the competitiveness of athletes at the Olympic Winter Games. A scholarship can be used to meet the costs of access to training and coaching services, medical assistance and scientific monitoring, accommodation and meals.

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Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program

The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program provides grants to improve Victorian athlete development pathways from community to national representation level.

Sporting Club Grants Program

The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to assist in the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and to improve the capacity and accessibility of Victorian clubs and other community sport and recreation organisations and increase the skills of their coaches, officials and managers.

Emergency: Sporting and Recreational Equipment

Sporting and Recreational Equipment grant provides assistance to grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations to replace essential sporting or first aid equipment that has been lost or destroyed as a consequence of fire, flood, significant storm event, theft or criminal damage.

Victoria Institute of Sport (VIS)

The VIS was set up to assist the development of Victoria’s best athletes. It was established in 1990 by the State Government as a private trustee company, with its Board of Directors appointed by the Victorian Minister for Sport.

Their vision is to be the leading provider of high performance sports programs for talented athletes, enabling them to achieve national and international success.

Support through the individual athlete scholarship program is offered annually to athletes from sports which do not have a Tier 1 VIS program. The scholarship period runs from July 1st to June 30th each year, with applications generally opening in April.

Please click here for more information. 

New South Wales

NSW Olympic Council – Athlete Grant Program

The New South Wales Olympic Council (NSWOC) Athlete Grant Program is designed to provide financial assistance for junior sportsmen and women in New South Wales. The NSWOC distributes cash grants to elite athletes, non-professional and non-NSWIS scholarship holder, athletes who compete in sports on the Olympic Program and reside in New South Wales. Click here to view the 2017 NSWOC Athlete grant.

Manuela Berchtold – Future Olympians Scholarship Programme

The Future Olympians Scholarship Programme is aimed at helping young athletes from the Snowy Mountains region achieve their dreams in their chosen sport. Applications are called for after the Australian winter season and can be accessed by emailing

New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Winter Sports Program

The NSWIS Winter Sports Program is generally catered towards senior elite and elite development athletes who are likely to represent Australia at the World Cup, World Championship & Olympic level. It is a decentralised program that operates from the NSWIS, Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre, Perisher and Thredbo ski resorts and other identified venues both domestically and internationally. Athletes will be eligible for inclusion into the NSWIS Winter Sports Squad based on their performance relative to the selection criteria; ‘eligibility’ does not necessarily guarantee an NSWIS scholarship offer.


ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) Individual Athlete Program

ACTAS Individual Athlete Program scholarships are available to athletes (able-bodied and athletes with a disability) In sports where ACTAS does not host a squad program.

The Individual Athlete Program currently supports ACT and regional elite athletes from a variety of Olympic, Paralympic and non-Olympic sports.

Scholarship holders receive access to a range of high performance support services through ACTAS to assist them in reaching their sporting potential.


Rob Kneller Youth Foundation

The Rob Kneller Youth Foundation was established in December 2013 by Scott and Luke Kneller in loving memory of their late father. Proceeds raised from the foundation are targeted to increase both participation and excellence in snowsports for the local Snowy Mountains community. Initiatives include subsidising the cost of the school skiing programs, subsidising the SERAS levy, equipment scholarships, subsidising the cost of Futures programs and hosting workshops coached by world class athletes.

Amelia Mcguiness Australian Snowsports Development Foundation (AMASDF)

The AMASDF is dedicated to providing practical support (for equipment, training, and resources – not cash grants) to up-and-coming winter snowsports athletes from the age of 10 to 19 years old, across all disciplines including disabled snowsports.

The Layne Beachley Foundation – Aim For The Stars

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation was built to encourage, motivate and provide for all aspiring women. Encompassing academic, sport, cultural and community pursuits. Aim for the Stars offers ambitious and dedicated females an opportunity to receive financial and moral support to help them achieve their goals. Scholarships are awarded to applicants who best demonstrate their aspirations to succeed in their chosen pursuit and how financial and moral support would further their education or personal development and the community.