Variety Sunshine Coach FAQs


Who can apply for a Sunshine Coach?

Applicants must:

  • Be an Educational Organisation or a Not-for-Profit
  • Be based in NSW or ACT
  • Support kids aged 0 – 18
  • Support kids living with a disability, chronic illness, financial hardship or geographic isolation

What information does my organisation need to provide?

As the main contact, you will be asked to provide general information about your organisation and details about how the coach will benefit your organisation.

Can I request funding for a second hand coach?

Applications will only be accepted for new coaches; coach types and possible modifications will be listed in the application and in the Sunshine Coach guidelines.

What is the decision making process?

Once submitted, your application will be pre-assessed by the Kids Support Team to make sure it meets criteria. If eligible, you will be contacted to discuss your application and the potential for a site visit.

If your application is shortlisted, it will then go to the committee for a final decision.

How much will the Sunshine Coach cost?

The cost will vary depending on which type of coach is required and which modifications are selected during the application process. This amount will be discussed after the application has been submitted and pre-assessed.

Will my organisation need to contribute towards the purchase of the coach?

If approved, organisations will contribute 50% towards the total cost of the coach and any selected modifications.

Special considerations may be made for an applicant’s fundraising capabilities in regards to their contribution amount, including but not limited to their socio-economic service area and/or geographical location, however this is at the discretion of Variety and their assessment of the applicant.

How will my organisation raise this contribution?

Successful applicants will receive an info pack to help with fundraising ideas (e.g.: sponsorship, fundraising events etc.).

How long does my organisation have to raise this contribution?

Once formally approved, applicants are given 12 months to fundraise. Extensions may be given where required but will be at the discretion of Variety.

What other ways does Variety support kids and community organisations?

For more information about how Variety can support individual kids or organisations, please check our website here and contact the Kids Support Team on [email protected] if you have any questions.

Can I still apply for a Community Grant if I have submitted a Sunshine Coach Application?

Yes, eligible organisations are still able to submit a Community Grant application; guidelines and application can be found here.

Sunshine Coach FAQs

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