Sports Development Funding

Support for Sport Grant Aid Programme 2023/24
Key Dates
 16 January 2023 to 3 February 2023
Opening Date:   Monday 16 January at 10:00 a.m.
Closing Date:  Friday 3 February 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Support for Sport is a small grants programme primarily aimed at grassroots sports. The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver demonstrable increases in sports participation amongst identified target groups.

Programme Priorities:

  • Support for Sport programme seeks to prioritise the development of grass roots sport and maximise positive community sport legacies.
  • Increase participation in sport and physical recreation especially among underrepresented groups:
    • Women and girls
    • People with a disability
    • People living in areas of greatest need

Types of projects we will fund

Clubs can submit a maximum of 1 application, up to a maximum of £2,000 across the following areas. Clubs must specify which areas you intend to apply for at the start of the application process;

  • Participation Initiatives (involves coaching, programming, venue hire).
  • Performance (involves travel to competition for events you have qualified to attend, or hosting regional significant events within the district).
  • Coach Education (Sports Specific and Generic Courses)
  • Equipment (Must be project specific up to a maximum of £500.00.Can not be a stand-alone equipment application) The applicant club have sole responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and safe usage of any equipment purchased.
  • Strategic and Developmental (involves club development plans etc)

Who can apply:

  • Constituted not for profit Sports Clubs that are open, accountable and representative of the geographical area in which it services.
  • Sports Clubs must be affiliated to a National Governing Body and activities must be recognised as a Sport as outlined on Sport Northern Ireland’s/Irish Sports Councils website.
  • All elements of the funding application must adhere to and be a recognised Governing Body sanctioned discipline/activity.
  • Individual applicants will only receive support if no relevant club exists in the area and they are competing at National or International level.

All applicants/clubs must reside in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

Governing Bodies of Sport (GB’s) and not for profit affiliated sporting organisations can apply for grants to deliver events within the Council area. The ‘Regionally Significant’ event must attract internationally standard competitors rather than club based participants.

Activities and items Active Awards for Sport WILL fund

Please note that only one application will be accepted per organisation. The following items/services are eligible in regards to the Active Awards for Sport application. Submitting an application is not a guarantee of receiving funding.

  • Projects that will support increased participation in sport and physical recreation, especially among underrepresented groups.
  • Sport specific coaching courses; provided they can be completed in full within communicated timeframes.
  • CPD courses/training e.g. Disability Awareness, Sport Leadership.
  • Sport specific coaching fees – capped at £20p/h unless justification can be provided for higher rate.
  • Project specific venue hire.
  • Project specific travel.
  • Project specific equipment – purchase of equipment should not be the focus of your project. We view equipment as a means to achieving our target of increasing participation in sport.Any application for equipment should explain why it is needed and how it will achieve this. Normally, no single item can be valued at over £500.00.
  • Equipment hire to allow you to run your project.

Activities and items Active Awards for Sport WILL NOT fund

The following activities and items are ineligible and will not be funded under Active Awards for Sport:

  • Projects that do not directly benefit Derry City and Strabane District Council residents.
  • Capital works costs or any equipment that would incur cost and resource to install and remove e.g. standalone scoreboard with its own foundations and mains electrics supply.
  • General organisation running costs, heating, rent, lighting, rates.
  • Multimedia and Performance Equipment.
  • Office equipment, furniture.
  • Salary costs, loan repayments and endowments and volunteer costs.
  • Entertainment costs, food and beverages.
  • Items which only benefit individuals (e.g. prizes; scholarships; bursaries; personal clothing; personal equipment; event tickets; shin guards; boots, kits; etc) and non-essential items e.g. water bottles.
  • Secondary, further or higher education e.g. A Levels, Degrees, etc.
  • VAT that can be recovered from HM Revenue and Customs.
  • Activities promoting religious or political beliefs.
  • Retrospective funding or costs that will be incurred after the communicated grant period.
  • Donations/fundraising events or activities.

You can view more information on the guidance notes.

Key Dates
The current round of funding opens for application on Monday 16th January 2023 at 10am and closed on Friday 3rd February 2023 at 3.00pm.
Project costs can only be incurred from the 1st April 2023.
Projects must be completed by 31st March 2024. All project costs must be incurred before this date. Project costs incurred after the 31st March 2024 will not be eligible.
Please consult our website for further information and to apply