Funding and Support


Athletics SA recognises that athletics is largely an amateur sport and that the financial incentives to participate are largely absent, particularly for athletes wishing to pursue Australian representation. Athletics SA provides programs to assist athletes in their development, but is limited in its ability to do so, however, there are often other avenues for finding available to athletes. The purpose of this page is to provide information for athletes on potential funding sources, so that we can help support you to achieve your dream – whatever that may dream may be.

Following are some ideas of avenues that may be available for athletes, particularly those that gain state or national representation:


Australian Sports Commission

The Australian Government, through the Australian Sports Commission offers a number of grants including a Local Sporting Heroes fund to assist young athletes covering some of the costs for travel to national events. Visit to access the funding information page


Office for Recreation and Sport (SA)

The South Australian Government’s Office for Recreation and Sport offers limited funding. Visit


Local Government

Many local councils offer grants of between $50 and $100 to support athletes who earn the right to represent their state or country. Visit your local council’s website or give them a call for more information. Alternatively, a list of local councils is available on the LGA website


Community Focused Organisations

Many community focused organisations offer grants to athletes who are performing at national or international level. Groups such as some Rotary Clubs sometimes offer grants for people in their local area. Your local council’s website is often a great place to search for local community groups. There are a number of foundations available too, particularly from large Australian businesses.


City Bay Fun Run Trust

Adelaide’s largest fun run supports athletics in South Australia through a special trust fund. The City Bay Fun Run Trust is a valuable supporter of Athletics SA and contributes significant financial resources to Athletics SA programs. For example, the state junior athletics teams, Falls Creek camp, and some equipment purchases are subsidised by grants from the Trust. Applications addressed to the Trust can delivered to Athletics SA who will forward on to the Trust committee.


GrantsLINK Directory

GrantsLINK also you to search for Government grants and assistance for individuals, businesses and communities. GrantsLINK provides links and contact details for funding programs so you can get more information directly from the funding agency.

The GrantsLINK directory has information about federal, state and local government funding programs that can help you:

- Develop solutions to local and national problems

- Fund ideas and initiatives

- Get assistance in times of hardship

To access the directory click HERE


When Athletics SA is notified of grant opportunities, they will be posted to Grants and Funding in the news section of the website.


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