School students are being given a helping hand to pursue their dreams in sport and arts through a hearty sponsorship program.
Applications are now open for grants of up to $5000 helping children with a demonstrated talent in sport or arts, as part of the 2021 Variety Heart Scholarships program.
Kids aged six to 18 years who are sick, disadvantaged or living with special needs and who have a demonstrated talent in the areas of sport or arts are encouraged to apply.
Grants can be used for the cost of uniforms, equipment, coaching, lessons, travel for performances or competition and other needs.
Variety NSW and ACT chief executive David Small said the scholarships play a crucial role in helping talented kids reach their potential.
"As a parent, you want to give your child every opportunity to succeed and fulfil their dreams," said David.
"For many families whose child displays natural talent in sport and the arts, supporting their continued learning and progress comes with huge challenges.
"Whether it's the increased financial demands of participation, the equipment required, the travel and care required for a child with additional physical challenges or the cost of higher education in their field.
"Variety is about giving all kids a fair go and the scholarships help bridge the gap and give these kids the opportunity to thrive.
"Some past recipients have gone on to represent Australia on the world stage, such as singer/songwriter Melanie Dyer, whilst others have simply needed help to reach the next stage of development in their talent.
"We're particularly thrilled to be able to offer the scholarships again in 2021 after a hiatus due to COVID last year. As sport and the arts are back up and running again, it's great to be able to provide support to kids and families in these areas.
"It's easy to apply and the information is confidential and the Variety team can assist in your application."
NSW and the ACT children can apply at www.variety.org.au/nsw/ before applications close on Wednesday, March 31 this year.
Variety Heart Scholarships is supported by The Grahame Mapp Family Foundation.