The organisers of the Inverclyde Sports Personality Awards, run annually to recognise and show appreciation for sporting achievement and endeavour over the previous calendar year are pleased to announce the launch of a new grant scheme, which will be funded on an ongoing basis by any financial surpluses made from the Awards event. The new scheme will provide funding to individual Inverclyde athletes from a wide variety of sports. The launch of the scheme falls within The European Week of Sport, an initiative by the European Commission to promote sport and physical activity across Europe during September.
The current Awards organisers are West College Scotland, Inverclyde Leisure, Inverclyde Council through its Active Schools team, sportscotland and New Horizons Marketing.
Applications are now invited from individual athletes under the grant scheme for a variety of purposes including use of sporting facilities for training and fitness purposes, the costs for entering and travelling expenses etc for particular events and also for specialised equipment. Grants are not available for general administration or routine maintenance purposes. The scheme is for individual athletes and not open to clubs and associations nor is it aimed at coaches. Sport Inverclyde have their own grant scheme for these categories.
Applications are invited from sportsmen and women, boys and girls with a minimum age of 10 years old at the time of application. Only athletes participating in a sport with a governing body recognised by sportscotland will be eligible to apply for grants and evidence of this will be sought and checked against information held by sportscotland.
The fund is a limited one and grants are for a maximum of £300 per application. The amount requested should not exceed 60% of the overall costs meaning that the applicant is providing at least 40% of the costs from his/her own or other resources.
Payment of any award will be made on production of the relevant paid receipts covering the overall expenditure and payment will normally be made within 14 days of the production of the relevant receipts. Grants offered must be taken up within 12 months of the date of the offer.
Applicants need to reside in Inverclyde although they may be members of clubs and sports associations outwith the local area.
Applicants should apply at least 6 weeks ahead of the funds being required. Applications should be countersigned by a club senior official or relevant coach before being submitted and by applying for a grant, applicants agree to details of any grant awarded being used for publicity purposes.
For the organisers, David McCorkindale of Inverclyde Leisure said, ‘The organisers hope that this grant scheme will be of value to many sportspeople locally and will be of real help in meeting some of the costs associated with becoming a top sportsperson in their chosen sports.’
Rhys McCole, a past Sports Personality Awards winner and a former member of sportscotland and the Young Scot’s young people’s sports panel added, ‘this grant scheme is a great way for local sportspeople to improve their chances of moving up in their sport. It will enable people from many sports to again equipment to move up their ladder of success.’
Local sports clubs will receive full information and application forms about the new grants scheme, and the details and application form will shortly be available to download from the Awards website www.inverclydesportspersonality.com