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Vacswim SA Program

Currently Closed

Expected notification:
After 31 July 2019

Next round opens:
TBA

Next round closes:
TBA

Example Guidelines (PDF, 909 KB)

Now Open

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Open:
10 June 2019 (5 pm CST)

Close date:
3 July 2019 (4 pm CST)

Expected notification:
After 31 July 2019

Overview

VACSWIM provides children (aged 5 to 13 years old at the time of the program) with opportunities to develop a range of water skills and positive experiences.

It covers water safety, confidence and competence in the water, personal survival activities and basic aquatic emergency procedures.

The program is conducted by qualified instructors in a controlled environment located at school pools, public and private pools, beaches and lakes throughout South Australia.

Key Dates

Expected Notifications - After 31 July 2019

Program Opens - TBA

Applications Close - TBA

VACSWIM 2019-20 classes should primarily operate over the 7-day period (excluding the weekend) between Thursday, 2 January and Friday, 10 January 2020.

Budget

Eligible organisations can apply for up to two years funding (2019-20 to 2020-21) to conduct the VACSWIM program at a location.

Organisations operating VACSWIM programs at five or more locations may be eligible for additional administration funding, with special reference to ensure VACSWIM programs at regional and remote locations.

5 to 10 locations                      $5,000

10 to 20 locations                    $10,000

20 to 40 locations                    $25,000

More than 40 locations            $40,000

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for VACSWIM funding, organisations must be a controlling body for a location (school pool, public or private commercial pool, beach or lake in South Australia) and:

  • operate VACSWIM themselves OR
  • sub-contract the delivery of VACSWIM to another suitable individual or organisation OR
  • authorise another suitable third party to apply for funding to operate VACSWIM at their location.
  • The pre-approved third party providers are:
  • Surf Life Saving South Australia for beach locations
  • Royal Life Saving Society of South Australia for pools, lakes and inland waters
  • Young Men’s Christian Association of South Australia for pools.

Eligible Projects and Amounts

To be eligible for VACSWIM funding, organisations must be a controlling body for a location (school pool, public or private commercial pool, beach or lake in South Australia) and:

  • Operators must deliver VACSWIM using a water safety program that meets or exceeds the National Water Safety Education Competency Framework, Level II, Primary School (www.watersafety.com.au/AustralianWaterSafetyStrategy/20122015Strategy.aspx)
  • The Royal Life Saving Society Australia Swim and Survive Program (Level 1 to 7), Young Men’s Christian Association of South Australia School aged (5-12 years) program and the Surf Life Saving Association Surf and Survive Program (Level 1 to 7) are the recommended programs to deliver VACSWIM.
  • Operators proposing other programs must demonstrate how that program complies with the National Water Safety Education Competency Framework, Level II, Primary School.
  • VACSWIM participants must be provided with a minimum of 315 minutes instruction time for a 7-day program (e.g. daily classes of 45 minutes on each day).

If you have not applied for VACSWIM funding before please call the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing on 1300 714 990 prior to applying.

Assessment Principles

VACSWIM SA provides primary school aged children (aged 5 to 13 years old at the time of the program) with opportunities to develop a range of skills and positive experiences in the areas of water safety, confidence and competence in the water, personal survival activities and basic aquatic emergency procedures.

VACSWIM is conducted by qualified instructors in a controlled environment located at school pools, public and private pools, beaches and lakes throughout South Australia.

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing will fund the delivery of VACSWIM through the annual VACSWIM funding program to approved organisations across South Australia.

  • Operators must deliver VACSWIM using a water safety program that meets or exceeds the National Water Safety Education Competency Framework, Level II, Primary School (www.watersafety.com.au/AustralianWaterSafetyStrategy/20122015Strategy.aspx)
  • The Royal Life Saving Society Australia Swim and Survive Program (Level 1 to 7), Young Men’s Christian Association of South Australia School aged (5-12 years) program and the Surf Life Saving Association Surf and Survive Program (Level 1 to 7) are the recommended programs to deliver VACSWIM.
  • Operators proposing other programs must demonstrate how that program complies with the National Water Safety Education Competency Framework, Level II, Primary School.
  • VACSWIM participants must be provided with a minimum of 315 minutes instruction time for a 7-day program (e.g. daily classes of 45 minutes on each day).

  • VACSWIM 2019-20 classes should primarily operate over the 7-day period (excluding the weekend) between Thursday, 2 January and Friday, 10 January 2020.
  • Alternative periods may be applied for, should it meet the needs of the specified location.

If you have not applied for VACSWIM funding before please call the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing on 1300 714 990 prior to applying.

Assessment Process

STEP 1 – Application Screening

Once the program has closed, the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing screens applications to check that:

  • the applicant organisation is eligible to apply
  • the application has been completed in full, and all essential information has been provided.

Incomplete applications may be deemed ineligible and not assessed.

STEP 2 – Assessment against principles

If the application passes screening, a Funding Assessment Committee will assess applications based on the organisations previous VACSWIM history. This process will calculate anticipated participants, staffing and delivery costs. Please note, satisfying the principles alone does not guarantee the receipt of funding.

In addition, Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing does not guarantee applications will be successful.

STEP 3 - Recommendations

Once assessment is completed, funding recommendations are forwarded to the Chief Executive, Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing for consideration.

All organisations will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

Program Guidelines

Previous Approvals

Managing your Grant

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Variations to your grant

When unforeseen circumstances occur in the delivery of your grant. Grantees can seek additional time or to amend the purpose of the grant. For further information Grant Variation Fact Sheet (PDF, 195 KB)

Contact us

Funding Services
Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing

Phone: 1300 714 990
Email:
ORSR.Grants@sa.gov.au
Postal: PO Box 219, Brooklyn Park 5032
Address: 27 Valetta Road, Kidman Park 5025

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