Here are some organisations that help out with the funding of athletes and volunteers. As we learn of other organisations, so this section will be updated.
Lewisham Sport Small Grants Scheme
Four funding streams are available;
A small grants fund that is available to clubs/organisations that wish to set up a new club, section or increase membership within an established section. Grants of £500-£4,000 are available to assist with the initial running costs associated with starting up a new section/club, or extending a current section when the member base isn’t fully established (e.g. facility hire, coach costs, equipment). This fund is intended to help meet identified need within the Lewisham community and should help contribute to the outputs of the sport plans.
A small grants fund that is available to established Lewisham focus sport clubs from within the borough to help sustain their community. Grants of £500-£3,500 are available to assist with operational costs. This fund is intended to help clubs continue to play a part in the Lewisham framework for sport and physical activity and deliver against the outcomes in the Lewisham sports plan.
A bursary of £250-£500 that is available to those individuals currently on the Free Access to National Sportspeople (FANS) scheme or to high-performing teams. The bursary will go towards costs associated with becoming an elite performer(s) e.g. coaching, physiotherapy, equipment and travel. Funding is not available to those who are receiving lottery support through the national governing body of their sport.
A bursary that is available to those individuals who wish to attain Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 coaching qualifications, and/or official’s qualifications. The bursary will contribute up to 25% of the course cost up to a maximum of £200, with the other 75% of funding coming from the Mayor of London’s PlaySport Skills Fund.
If you apply for any of the grants, please ensure that you complete all fields, and that you submit any required evidence, otherwise your application will not be valid.
Mayor's Legacy Skills Investment Programme
As part of its work to build a legacy ready for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games the Mayor’s Skills Legacy is offering subsidies for coaching courses for people involved in volunteering in clubs in London.
For more information please visit the England Athletics website - http://www.englandathletics.org/news.asp?section=90&itemid=5308&search=mayor+of+london
GLL Sport Foundation
GLL Sport Foundation seeks to inspire and motivate young people through sport. The Foundation aims to provide tangible help for young athletes to support them in achieving their full sporting potential, and promoting these athletes as positive role models within their local communities.
For more information please visit the GLL Sport Foundation website.
Greenwich Starting Blocks Trust
Greenwich Starting Blocks Trust, set up with Greenwich Council support, is a charity committed to helping Greenwich young people's sporting dreams come true. It provides bursaries to give young athletes a chance to develop their talents. The Trust provides bursaries that will help young sporting talent cover some of these costs:
· training and travel
· competing across the UK and abroad
Find out more about Starting Blocks and how you can get involved.
Jack Petchey Foundation - Individual Grants for Volunteering
The Jack Petchey Foundation wants to support young people who have to raise funds in order to be involved in a voluntary project or to participate in events that will benefit others in society.
• You may be helping out on a holiday or trip for other disadvantaged people
• You may be undertaking some voluntary service overseas or in your local community
• You may be joining a conservation project to improve the environment for others
• Your group may be organising a camp or exchange trip for other disadvantaged young people
To read more about the Individual Grant for Volunteers Fund please click here.
The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)
“TASS supports the potential medal winners of the future”
TASS is a unique partnership between National Governing Bodies of Sport and educational institutions, which focuses on maintaining a balance between academic life and training as a performance athlete. TASS provides athletes with a tailored package of services including coaching, strength and conditioning, talented athlete lifestyle support, physiotherapy & sports medicine, as well as support with competition and training expenses. To apply for TASS funding you must be nominated by your sports National Governing Body.
Funding amount: TASS offer two types of awards: 1) Scholarships - Scholarships are awards to the value of £3,000 per annum 2) 2012 Scholarships - 2012 scholarships are awarded to the value of £10,000 per annum
The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund
The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund invites applications from young track and field athletes who are in education and may need financial help towards training or provision of equipment. Applicants must be aged between 15 and 23 years, medallists from their National Schools AA, AAA U17, & U20 or U23 Championships or in the top six of the appropriate UK ranking lists.
Funding Amount Approx. £500
SportsAid provides financial assistance to Britain’s amateur sportsmen and women. The aim is to help them prepare for the competitions against better funded, overseas athletes. SportsAid focuses on giving grants to youngsters aged 12 to 18 years old who are a member of the GB/England team or in a National squad. The grants can help with costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment. Applicants must be identified and nominated by their Governing Bodies of Sport, based on their talent and sporting results. If you feel you meet these criteria, contact your National Governing Body to discuss your nomination for a SportsAid Award and request a SportsAid application.
Funding amount: Approx. £500
OCS Young Sports Person Awards
OCS Young Sports Person Awards give out over £35,000 to up and coming young sports people to help with training, travelling and competing.
The Arthur J C Kendall Memorial Fund
The Arthur JC Kendall Memorial Fund aims to encourage, promote and develop participation in athletics as a means of promoting physical health in the young of the community. Applications or beneficiaries must, therefore, be under the age of 21 years. Application forms can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the Trust’s Administrator at the following address: The Arthur JC Kendall Memorial Fund, 19 Langsmead, Blindley Heath, near Lingfield, RH7 6JT. Completed forms must be submitted by 31st December 2010.
ASDA Sporting Chance
Each ASDA store and depot is being partnered with a local athlete to help with their development and raise their profile in the community. Through SportsAid, they will provide each one of these young sportsmen and women with a grant every year until 2013. In addition, each of their stores will be supporting their local athletes on a community level by carrying out fundraising activities to raise additional money for things like training, equipment and travel.