Donegal Sports Partnership

Go For Life Grant Scheme 2107

National Grant Scheme For Sport And Physical Activity For Older People 2017

Overall aim
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 Go for Life 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. One 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.

What Will Be Funded?

Physical Activity Programme
For example, (1) a five-week programme to introduce older people to an activity such as aerobics, aquafit, Tai Chi or tennis – the costs of hall hire and a qualified instructor might form part of the overall cost; or (2) an initiative by a sports club to involve more older people – the purchase of special equipment, facility hire or a qualified independent instructor might form part of the overall cost.

Purchase of Equipment / Resource Materials
For example, Go for Life Games equipment, pitch and putt set, physical activity kitbag, play parachute, badminton rackets. Please note that, for the 2017 National Grant Scheme, Short Mat Bowling equipment will only be considered for joint applications where it will be shared by two or more groups.

Participation Events
For example, organising regular Go for Life Games or a Sportsfest aimed at introducing older adults to a range of recreational sports.

Completed application forms must reach the address below by 12 noon on Friday 29 September 2017

The National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People
Go for Life Programme Age & Opportunity
St Patrick’s Hall
Marino Institute of Education
Griffith Avenue
Dublin 9

Email your application to:

If emailing your application form it is not necessary to send in a hard copy N.B.

Late applications will not be considered.

It is the responsibility of grant applicants to ensure that grant forms are received by the Go for Life programme team on time with all details completed.

Note that due to the volume of applications we cannot acknowledge receipt of postal applications.
Go for Life is an Age & Opportunity programme, funded by Sport Ireland.



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