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New levels of demand for Sporting Schools

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Image: More than 1,600 funding applications – totalling almost $3.7 million – were received the day applications opened.


Interest in Sporting Schools funding has reached new levels with an unprecedented number of funding applications submitted for Term 3.

National Program Operations Director Robert Bennett says almost 4,800 funding applications were received for Term 3.


“The demand for the Sporting Schools program is greater than ever and just keeps growing. We are reaching more schools now than ever before,” Bennett says.


“We have received funding applications from almost 4,800 primary and secondary schools for Term 3, which includes 385 new schools.”

More than 1,600 funding applications – totalling almost $3.7 million – were received the day applications opened – double the previous record set of 802 on the opening day last term.

As a result of the demand, Bennett says the program needs to prioritise applications for primary school grants.

“From Term 3, Sporting Schools will implement an open competitive process to ensure equal access to funding,” Bennett says. 

“Those schools who have received the least number of grants over the past year will be prioritised.”  

As a secondary ranking measure, Bennett says schools who propose to engage a higher proportion of their school population will also be ranked higher.

So far, there has been more than 3.8 million student attendances and more than 6,500 schools funded since the program began in July 2015.