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Coles Little Athletics
Community Fund

Is your Little Athletics centre eligible for a grant of up to $5000?

If brand new sports equipment could make a big difference to your local Little Athletics centre, it’s time to apply for a grant from the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund.

Funds for the grants are raised through the sale of specially marked chiller bags designed by Aussie kids.

With every bag sold, Coles can help them stay fit and healthy through our partnership with Little Athletics Australia.

Download the Guidelines

Applications for the first round of funding have now closed and applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application in November 2018.

The next round of funding is expected to open later this year.

Download the Application Form

Want to know more about the Little Aths fund?

Read below or download the FAQs here.

What is the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund?

The Coles Little Athletics Community Fund (CLACF) is a grant scheme designed to distribute money to Little Athletics centres to improve the grassroots Little Athletics experience for volunteers, participants and families by supporting the purchase of sports and safety equipment.

Where does the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund come from?

The CLACF will be funded with ten percent (10%) of the retail sale price from every specially-marked Coles’ community bag with a LAA swing tag sold at Coles’ supermarkets between 5 June 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply to the CLACF, an applicant must:

  1. Be an incorporated association or a company limited by guarantee;
  2. Be a current member of one of the Little Athletics Australia (LAA) affiliated State or Territory bodies in the financial year of the application;
  3. Have used any previous grant from the CLACF (if applicable) in accordance with the CLACF Guidelines; and
  4. Agree with the terms and conditions set out in the CLACF Guidelines.

What is the maximum amount of money that can be applied for?

The maximum allocation per application is $5,000 and the minimum allocation per application is $1,000.

How many times can my Little Athletics Centre apply for a grant?

For each round of the CLACF, eligible centres can apply for ONE grant. If a centre applies for multiple grants in a round only the first application received will be reviewed.

Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are eligible to re-apply in future rounds. Unsuccessful applicants can re-submit their prior application or prepare a new application.

What can the money be used for?

Applicants may only use funds from the CLACF for the following purposes:

  1. Little Athletics activity equipment required to run the regular LAA program providing a better experience for participants and volunteers;
  2. Core safety or injury prevention items to ensure safe participation of LAA participants and volunteers (e.g. first aid equipment, shade marquees, mats, portable discus nets, sunscreen, etc.); or
  3. Equipment modification or purchase of modified equipment to facilitate participation activities for athletes with a disability.

Funds from the CLACF cannot be used for:

  1. Uniforms;
  2. Equipment already purchased (i.e. funds cannot be applied retrospectively to cover costs outside of the approved application time frames.);
  3. Equipment that will not remain the property of the LAA Centre;
  4. Prizes or rewards (e.g. awards, certificates, badges, medals, ribbons, trophies, gifts);
  5. Fees such as affiliation fees, insurance, individual player registrations or one-off or ongoing fees for coaches, officials or instructors, etc. or any other activities expected to be covered by the LAA Centre or participant(s);
  6. Facilities or capital works;
  7. Individual and personal items (e.g. athlete travel costs to participate in national or international events, shoes, etc.);
  8. Operational costs (e.g. ground hire or maintenance fees, utilities, etc.);
  9. Consumables (e.g. catering or canteen items);
  10. Equipment to support a specific or one-off event (e.g. regional carnival);
  11. Marketing or advertising expenses; or
  12. Any costs that are not listed on the quote provided in the application.

Who makes the decision regarding the grant?

The CLACF will be overseen by a Panel, which will include two nominees from LAA and two nominees from Coles. Relevant Little Athletics State and Territory body representatives may be required for additional input from time to time.

The Panel will, at its discretion, assess applications to the CLACF in accordance with the criteria set out in the Guidelines.

How do I apply?

Application forms for the CLACF are available at Application forms need to be emailed to

Applications to the CLACF will only be accepted from those applicants that complete the official application form and are submitted by the date specified by the Panel that is listed on

Who can I source a financial quote from?

Centres can source a valid quote from any trustworthy registered business.  Below are some examples of companies who have existing relationships with affiliated States & Territories and/or Coles:

Centres are encouraged to seek further advice from their State/Territory body where relevant. 

When can I apply?

The key dates for each funding round, including opening and closing dates, will be announced throughout the year on

What is the likelihood of receiving funding?

This will vary depending on the quality and quantity of applications as well as the total funds raised through the sale of specially marked Coles Community Bags in a particular period.

When will I know if I’m successful?

Applications will be reviewed by the Panel after the close of applications, with a decision on the successful applicants to be made within 30 days. Specific notification dates will be shared on for each round.

What do I need to do if we’re successful in obtaining funding?

Centres can purchase items once Coles has provided written approval through a letter of offer.

Centres that have been successful will be required to supply the following items to obtain their grant:

  • Provide proof of purchase (i.e. a valid receipt or tax invoice) of the goods purchased from the supplier listed in the application form within three months of receiving the funds;
  • Provide a good quality photographic image of the purchase within three months of receiving the funds;
  • Ensure that any LAA participant or other person such as parent, guardian, volunteer or other child appearing in photos or images supplied by the LAA Centre or LAA has consented to the use of their photograph, image, name or quote by Coles and LAA for promotional material in association with the CLACF through the LAA program registration process or otherwise; and
  • The centre and the applicant on its behalf consent to the terms set out in the Guidelines.

Will Coles promote centres that receive funds?

By submitting an application, each recipient agrees to provide Coles and LAA with a photograph that includes some of the purchased product arriving or in use at the centre as well as an explanation describing how they have spent their grant within three months of receiving the funds. Coles and LAA may reproduce the information in publications without any further reference or payment or other compensation to the entrant as described in the application form.

What if I still have questions?

Visit the to obtain the terms and conditions that are set out in the guidelines.

If your questions are not answered please contact