Grants & Funding

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) formed the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) (previously know between 1998 – 2001 as the Australian Institute of Winter Sports (AIWS)) after the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998, to enable the development of elite performances in winter sports by Australian athletes, through the provision of adequate funding, world-class sports programming and technical coaching.

The aims of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia continue to be:

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Athletes who are part of the Olympic Winter Institute may be eligible for the following grants:

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Medal Incentive Scheme (MIS)

The AOC has the exclusive responsibility for the representation of Australia at the Olympic Games. To help achieve Australian Team objectives the AOC provides funding to National Federations, athletes and coaches.

To help achieve these objectives the AOC will provide funding known as “AOC Funding” or, in the case of Direct Funding to Medallists adidas Medal Incentive Scheme. Athletes who won medals at benchmark competitions  will be considered for AOC Funding the following year.

Olympic Solidarity

Olympic Solidarity is the IOC body responsible for managing and administering the share of the television rights of the Olympic Games that is allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

Olympic Solidarity exercises this responsibility in accordance with the specific programmes of technical and financial assistance approved by the Olympic Solidarity Commission. It assists the NOCs and the Continental Associations with their efforts for the development of sport through programmes carefully devised to match their specific needs and priorities.

The IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Scholarships are designed to improve the competitiveness of athletes at the Olympic Winter Games. A scholarship can be used to meet the costs of access to training and coaching services, medical assistance and scientific monitoring, accommodation and meals.

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dAIS Scheme

The Australian Sports Commission is the Australian Government body responsible for the delivery of funding and development of Australian sport. The ASC supports a wide range of programs designed to develop sporting excellence and increase participation and achievement by all Australians.

The dAIS scheme recognises the critical importance of investing in our current and future champions so that they can focus on training in preparation for representing Australia. Funding under the scheme is provided to targeted ‘World Class’ Athletes. These athletes are selected on the basis of medal potential and individual need. Funding is provided to assist athletes with their training needs as they prepare for upcoming benchmark competitions which are of significance to Australia’s international sporting image. dAIS is targeted towards athletes at two levels – tier one for targeted athletes with a top five benchmark competition results and tier two for targeted athletes with top six to 10 result at a benchmark competition. Annual payments range from approximately $25,000 for tier one athletes to about $13,000 for tier two athletes.

Snow Australia submits dAIS applications on behalf of Australian snow sports athletes. The ASC then inform Snow Australia of the outcomes.

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