Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday the 2nd of October 2020
Since 2001 Sport Ireland has provided funding to Age & Opportunity for our Active programme to help increase the participation of older people in recreational sport and physical activity. This National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People (hereafter referred to as the National Grant Scheme) is one element of the extensive Active programme which has resulted from this funding.
The National Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well planned initiatives designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity by older people. In particular, the scheme is aimed at:
- supporting the work of Age & Opportunity’s Active Programme including the network of PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) and the development of Go for Life Games and other initiatives;
- assisting local clubs/organisations to enhance existing opportunities for their members in recreational sport and physical activity;
- assisting local clubs/organisations to start new initiatives geared at involving older people in recreational sport and physical activity.
WHO CAN APPLY
Grants are available to all eligible local clubs, groups and organisations that promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people as a main element of their activities. Commercial, statutory or umbrella bodies, or their agents, are not eligible for funding under this grant scheme. An exception to this are Local Sports Partnerships who are eligible to apply. Day centres completely funded and directed by statutory bodies, such as the HSE, are not eligible.
Grants are made available for sport or physical activity for older people and the overall membership of applicants must be such that older people will be the beneficiaries of the grant monies.
Funding for sports clubs will not be considered unless the application specifically relates to older people. Only one application per group will be considered.
Applications are encouraged from clubs/organisations that:
- have the potential to increase levels and frequency of participation in recreational sport and physical activity among older people in the local area;
- can act as showcases or successful demonstration projects that can be replicated by other clubs/organisations in the future;
- have the potential to develop into a sustainable, longer-term programme; • have not previously received a grant;
- are developing initiatives in designated disadvantaged areas;
- are developing initiatives for minority older populations or older groups with special needs;
- have one or more active Physical Activity Leaders (PALs);
- are focussed on an outdoor sport or physical activity initiative;
- developing an online sport or physical activity initiative;
- are making a joint application with other groups in their geographical community.
Applicants who have had previous successful applications processed should take advantage of PALs workshops. Contact the Active programme team or your local contacts listed on page 8 to register.
Funds permitting, grants will be between €200 and €600* and may be allocated towards the cost of the eligible initiatives outlined overleaf.
*Joint applications or applications from Community Development Programmes (CDPs), Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) etc. that provide wider access to community groups may be allocated funding outside of these limits. In such circumstances a tax clearance certificate/tax exemption form will be required.
WHAT WILL BE FUNDED?
Physical Activity Programme
(1) a five-week programme to introduce older people to an activity such as Go for Life Games, aerobics, aquafit, Tai Chi etc. The costs of hall hire and a qualified instructor might form part of the overall cost;
(2) an initiative by a sports club to involve more older people – the purchase of specialised equipment, facility hire or a qualified independent instructor might form part of the overall cost;
(3) a series of yoga classes delivered online to older people;
(4) an outdoor activity like cycling/walking programme.
Purchase of Equipment / Resource Materials
For example: Go for Life Games equipment, pitch and putt set, physical activity kitbag, badminton racquets. Please note that, for the 2020 National Grant Scheme, Short Mat Bowling equipment will only be considered for joint applications where it will be shared by two or more groups.
For example: organising regular Go for Life Games or a Sportsfest aimed at introducing older adults to a range of recreational sports.
WHAT WILL NOT BE FUNDED?
Non-sporting or non-physical activities – e.g. day trips
Audio-visual equipment – e.g. DVD or CD players, televisions
Exercise machines – e.g. treadmills, rowing machines, stationary bicycles Clothing or Footwear – of any kind
Ongoing Commitments – e.g. membership fees for gyms or sports clubs, rental of facilities or employment of professional instructors on an ongoing basis
Club Insurance / Taxes or Rates
Foreign Travel / Visits
Competitions (or costs associated with competing)
Capital Costs – e.g. the development or refurbishment of facilities
- Applicant clubs/organisations must have public liability insurance in place covering the activities they wish to promote.
- Applicant clubs/organisations must provide details of current banking facilities including full, accurate BIC and IBAN numbers. Note from 2021 post office accounts will be no longer acceptable.
- Applicant local club/organisations must have a democratically elected executive. • Applicant clubs/organisations shall ensure that sufficient information about the club/organisation is provided in the application form to assess its suitability for funding. • Age & Opportunity may use the name of the applicant club/organisation and details of the usage and outcomes of the grant in its own publicity and successful applicants shall co-operate, if requested, in efforts to publicise the grant scheme.
- The decision of the Age & Opportunity in all matters relating to grant allocations is final. • Successful applicants can only use the grant for the purposes specified on their application form.
- Applications for grants from successful applicants under the 2019 National Grant Scheme must include a completed evaluation section of the application form, if the grant has already been spent. However, if the group has been unable to spend this grant due to Covid-19 national restrictions an evaluation must be completed on or before closing date of 2021 National Grant Scheme.
- Successful applicants should acknowledge Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland in any communication, promotion or publicity materials generated in relation to activities funded by this grant.
Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland will not accept liability for damage or injury which might arise in the use of any funds made available. The consequences of any incorrectly supplied or inaccurate information are the responsibility of the club or organisation applying.
Completed Application Forms should reach Age & Opportunity’s Active programme office before 12 noon on Friday the 2nd of October 2020. Grant allocations will be announced in early December 2020.
LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES