Sporting Schools Program

What is it?

Sporting Schools is an Australian Government initiative designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities.

Sporting Schools programs are provided free to children and their families to help students build the confidence and capability to be active for life.

To help achieve this, Sport Australia has partnered with more than 30 national sporting organisations (NSOs) and one NSOD – Deaf Sport Australia (DSA). There is a program for primary schools, and a targeted program for Year 7 and 8 students in secondary schools.

Deaf Sports Australia is currently partnered with the following NSOs:

  • Athletics Australia
  • Basketball Australia
  • Bowls Australia
  • Golf Australia
  • Tennis Australia
  • Touch Football Australia

We are continuing to work with other NSO’s to develop partnership relationships as well. You are also able to request a program directly with DSA on sporting program option with an NSO.

Before each new school term, Sporting Schools Program open up their grant application rounds for a period of two weeks. Schools interested in rolling the sporting school programs can apply for these funding.

Grant application open dates are:

  • Term 1, 2022: 8am AEDT Monday 8 November, 2021 – 4pm AEDT Friday 19 November, 2021
  • Term 2, 2022: 8am AEDT Monday 28 February, 2022 – 4pm AEDT Friday 18 March, 2022
  • Term 3, 2022: 8am AEST Monday 23 May, 2022 – 5pm AEST Friday 3 June, 2022
  • Term 4, 2022: 8am AEST Monday 15 August, 2022 – 5pm AEST Friday 26 August, 2022

A step-by-step guideline can be found here. It will tell you how to apply for grants, so schools are able to run programs designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Contact Deaf Sports Australia at if you have any further questions.