Competition Grants

The SAFA, State Associations and other national bodies support Australian pilots in their competition participation through a variety of grants. This is typically in order to help boost the local economies, foster Australian atheletes or to support improving the Australian standing in International rankings. The following represents a non-comprehensive list of grants and funding schemes which may be available to Australian competition pilots.

Note that funds, grants and schemes change rapidly over time and the list below may contain outdated or inaccurate information.
Please contact the SAFA should you find any information provided no longer valid.

SAFA Overseas Competition Grant

  • Sponsor - SAFA
  • What it is - A grant to support our competition pilots in participating in Cat 1 & 2 competitions overseas. International participation in competitions improves the WPRS ranking of our pilots and thereby improves the letters available to pilots for PWC events and boosts the Country ranking of Australia as a competing nation.
  • What is available - The annually capped grant provides each pilot access to having one international competition entry fee reimbursed per AU competition season.
  • Where to apply - Applications can be submitted through the following form here

Athlete Pathway Travel Grants

With the assistance and endorsement of the SAFA, NSW and Victoria state paragliding associations have been successful in their applications for support from respective State Sporting bodies on behalf of National and Internationally active competition Pilots. The SAFA is able to endorse the respective State Association if that Association has not independently gained State Sporting Organisation status.

Most States Sporting Authorities offer National and International Athlete grants to assist with travel and accommodation costs incurred in attending major competitions. This also applies to Pilot 'Athletes' who attend National level competitions. As the criteria for applications, are dictated by the providers,  accepted submissions must originate from National or State accredited associations (State Sporting Organisations - VHPA etc.). Teams or Individual Athletes must herefor apply for such grants via their State Associations and thus via SAFA.
Levels of external funding available and application periods vary considerably State by State.