2016-17 Indigenous Sports Grants Program (ISGP) 

Funding Guidelines

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Contents

1. About the Program

2. Eligibility

3. Application Process

1. About the Program

1.1. Preamble

Funding for the Indigenous Sports Grants Program (ISGP) is provided to the ACT Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (DPM&C) Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

The ISGP supports the IAS’ Safety and Wellbeing Programme by providing assistance to Indigenous Australians to enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing enjoyed by other Australians by fostering the ability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to engage in education, employment and other opportunities. 

1.2. Program Information

The ISGP is a grants program for eligible individuals seeking to subsidise their participation in sport and active recreation activities. These guidelines provide details for individuals wishing to apply for financial assistance from the ISGP for opportunities during the 2016-17 financial year.

The ISGP is administered by Active Canberra, ACT Government.

The funding provided through the ISGP is limited and as such, all applications will need to adhere strictly to the compliance criteria. Funding will continue to be available until exhausted. It is possible that not all requests for assistance will be approved, therefore funding should not be deemed automatic or anticipated.

1.3. Application Dates

The 2016-17 ISGP is open for applications from 15 August 2016 to 3 May 2017 (or until funding is exhausted).

1.4. Primary Objective

The primary objective of the ISGP is to make participation opportunities in sport and recreation more accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly people that are disadvantaged. Emphasis is on a structured, frequent level of participation that supports positive health, social and wellbeing outcomes.

1.5. Outcomes

The intended outcomes of the ISGP, with an emphasis on people that are disadvantaged, are:

  • To increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in sport and recreation; and
  • To increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in education and training opportunities in sport and recreation.

1.6. Types of Grants

Three types of grants are available to eligible people through the ISGP, including:

Individual Sports and Active Recreation Grant

An individual can apply for up to $200 to subsidise participation in an organised sports or active recreation competition or program of at least 6 weeks in duration.

Individual Education and Training Grant

An individual can apply for up to $200 to subsidise participation in an education and training opportunity that relates directly to organised sport or active recreation.

Individual Representative Grant

An individual can apply for up to $200 to subsidise participation in a representative sport or active recreation opportunity.

2. Eligibility

2.1. Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to apply through the 2016-17 ISGP, applicants must:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent – and be able to demonstrate this with a Confirmation of Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander decent form
    • If the Applicant is 17 years or younger, a completed Confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander form of the parent or guardian completing the application will be accepted;
  • live within the eligible region*;
  • be seeking funds to participate in an eligible activity* run by an eligible activity provider*;
  • have not have received funding through the ISGP for the period between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 - unless funding has been received or is sought for the Individual Education and Training Grant (see details under ‘Repeat ISGP Applicants’);
  • have not received funding through another source for this same item; and
  • have not have received funding through the Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Program (EITAAP) for this same opportunity.
Age

Applicants of all ages are eligible to apply for funding through the ISGP, except for applicant’s of the Individual Representative Grant who must be 12 years or older. However applications for applicants aged 17 years or younger will need to be completed by the applicant’s parent or guardian.

Repeat ISGP Applicants

Applicants can only receive funding through the ISGP once, from any of the three (3) types of grants, for the period between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, unless funding has been received or is sought for the Individual Education and Training Grant.

Applicants can receive funding through the ISGP up to twice for the period if one of the two allotments of funding is received for an Individual Education and Training Grant.

Funding from Other Sources

Applicants must not have received financial assistance from another source for this same item.

Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Program (EITAAP)

Applicants must not have received financial assistance through the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Program (EITAAP) for this same opportunity.

For information regarding the EITAAP please visit the Australian Sports Commission's website at http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/eitaap.  

2.2. Eligible Region

The ISGP covers applicants from the following areas:

  • The Australian Capital Territory *
  • Braidwood
  • Bungendore
  • Bywong
  • Captain’s Flat
  • Collector
  • Cooma
  • Gundaroo
  • Murrumbateman
  • Queanbeyan
  • Sutton
  • Tarago
  • Yass

* including Jervis Bay

Region - Individual Sports and Active Recreation Grant

Only activities within this same region (as above) are eligible through the Individual Sports and Active Recreation Grant. For applicants from Jervis Bay activities within the Shoalhaven region are eligible.

2.3. Eligible Activities

Eligible - Individual Sports and Active Recreation Grant
  • Formal sports or active recreation competitions and programs of at least 6 weeks in duration.
Eligible - Individual Education and Training Grant
  • Education and training courses/workshops that relate directly to organised sport or active recreation.
Eligible - Individual Representative Grant
  • Applicants must be participating as an athlete, coach, manager or official in:
    • An official national championship endorsed by the relevant ASC recognised national sporting organisation (NSO) or School Sport Australia (SSA) - for more information visit http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/eitaap; or
    • An international competition as a member of an official Australian team endorsed by an ASC recognised NSO or SSA.

    *Refer to Ineligible Activities for further conditions.

2.4. Eligible Items

ISGP funding can cover only the following items:

  • Registration fees; and
  • Membership fees.

2.5. Ineligible Activities

Ineligible - Individual Sports and Active Recreation Grant
  • Sports and active recreation competitions or programs of less than 6 weeks in duration.
  • ‘One-off’ sport or recreation events e.g. ‘come and try’ days.
  • Purchase of equipment or clothing.
  • Activities run by activity providers that are ineligible under the Activity Providers Eligibility Criteria. 
Ineligible - Individual Education and Training Grant
  • Education and training courses/workshops that are not directly linked to sport and recreation activities.
  • Activities run by activity providers that are ineligible under the Activity Providers Eligibility Criteria. 
Ineligible - Individual Representative Grant
  • Representative interstate or national sport opportunities where the applicant has received financial support through the Commonwealth’s Elite Indigenous Travel  and Accommodation Program (EITAAP) for this same opportunity.
  • Representative interstate or national sport opportunities where the applicant is:
    • Under the age of 12 at the time of the competition;
    • Participating in a competition within 200 kilometres of the ACT;
    • Participating in a competition outside of Australia;
    • Participating in a competition that involves prize money;
    • Participating in a professional event;
    • Participating in a commercial tour;
    • Participating in an Indigenous-only team; and
    • Participating in a competition where there is no clear selection process.

2.6. Activity Provider Eligibility

All activities supported through the ISGP must be run by Activity Providers that:

  • have current Public Liability Insurance coverage to a minimum level of $10,000,000;
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) if applicable (if turnover is greater than $150,000 per annum); and
  • have compliance requirements under the Associations Incorporations Act 1991 or the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) up to date.

3. Application Process

The application process for the ISGP is streamlined to ensure that eligible applicants are able to participate in their chosen activity promptly.

Applicants are to apply directly to Active Canberra. Decisions will be made and advised within 25 working days of receipt of the application.

Proof of enrolment/registration is required e.g. a completed registration or membership form.

All applications are to be completed through the online SmartyGrants system.

Active Canberra will complete a compliance check for each application using the compliance criteria. Successful applicants and their chosen activity provider will be advised as soon as possible. Successful applicants will be responsible for paying the remaining costs of the supported item should the ISGP grant not cover the full cost of the item.

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised as soon as possible.

3.1. Compliance Criteria

Eligible Applicants will be compliant to the following criteria:

  • The chosen activity is eligible;
  • The application form is correctly filled out.
  • The chosen activity is in the eligible region;
  • The chosen Activity Provider is eligible; and

3.2. Payment and Acquittal

Payments will be made directly to the activity provider.

Each completed application form which is successful will include all required information and documentation to acquit each grant. Therefore no additional acquittal process is required for the ISGP.

3.3. Appeals

All application compliance checks are final and will not be changed.

In the event that an application is unsuccessful, the reason/s for this decision will be included in correspondence from Active Canberra.

3.4. Applicant Feedback

All applicants will have the opportunity to complete a quick feedback survey at the end of their application.