Variety Every Chance to Play

Help kids in ACT, aged 5-18, who would otherwise be unable to participate in junior sport to get out on the pitch or the court and enjoy being part of a team and community.

Become a trusted referrer

The Variety Every Chance to Play Grant is here to help kids in the ACT, aged 5-18, get out on the field or the court and enjoy being part of a team and community.

The Variety Every Chance to Play Grant helps kids enjoy the positive outcomes of sport including the development of teamwork and resilience, improved mental and physical health, building new friendships and social skills and higher self esteem.

The Variety Every Chance to Play 2021 Winter Round has now closed. If you would like to be notified when the 2021 Summer Round opens please fill in the form below.


If you have any questions regarding the Every Chance to Play grant, please give our friendly Kids Support team a call on 02 9819 1000 or email [email protected]

Get Involved

Applications for the Variety Every Chance to Play Grant are made by Trusted Referrers, a group of people and organisations within the ACT community who help identify kids who are not playing sport because of their family’s financial situation. Trusted referrers include teachers, social workers, and health professionals. You can find a list of Trusted Referrers here.

Sound like you? Apply to become a trusted referrer here or if you have questions contact the Kids Support team.

Are you a family member, friend or community representative of a child living in the ACT? As a first step, speak to the child’s local sporting club to see if they are registered as a trusted referrer and discuss the child’s application request. If they are not registered, direct them to back to this page on our website or encourage them to contact us for more information on how Variety may be able to support both the child and the club.


Which sports registrations do you subsidise?

The sports available vary for each round depending on their availability. For your reference, the last round included Football (Soccer), Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Netball, Hockey, Basketball and Volleyball.

Why was Variety Every Chance to Play created?

Every Chance to Play was founded in 2017 by a diverse group of Canberrans with a mission to make junior sport accessible to all kids, including those from low-income households. In its first year, Every Chance to Play helped kids play Soccer, Rugby League, Basketball, Netball, and Hockey by paying registrations fees. In August 2018, Every Chance to Play merged with Variety, allowing even more kids to overcome financial barriers to reach their full potential in sport.

Why do you only sponsor ACT kids?

At this stage, the Variety Every Chance to Play Grant is only available to ACT kids. Families that have a child at school in NSW can claim the Active Kids voucher.

How do you assess whether a family is in need?

Our panel assesses each application according to our guidelines. Anonymity and dignity are key values. For further information please read our guidelines here.

Not quite the right fit? Have a look at other Variety grants available to give kids a fair go.

To meet an individual’s needs have a look at the Education Supplies; Medical Equipment & Supplies; Mobility Equipment; Nappies & Feeds; Communication Technology; Vehicle Modifications; Wigs and Therapy for rare conditions grants.

There are also community grants available such as the Sunshine Coaches and Variety Livvi’s Place.

If you have any questions about how Variety helps give kids a fair go, please give our friendly Kids Support team a call on 02 9819 1000 or email [email protected]

Become a Supporter of the Program

Don’t all kids deserve to follow their dreams, and be the best they can be? The children we support are facing bigger challenges than most. You can help them overcome these obstacles by becoming a financial supporter of the Variety Every Chance To Play program.