DETAILS OF GRANTS SCHEME
The current Awards organisers are West College Scotland, Inverclyde Leisure, Inverclyde Council through its Active Schools team, sportscotland and New Horizons Marketing.
Applications are 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 will not be offered for general administration or routine maintenance purposes. The scheme is not open to clubs and associations nor is it aimed at coaches and applications from coaches will not be considered under the scheme.
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.
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.
As funds are limited under this scheme, 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.
By applying for a grant, applicants agree to details of any grant awarded being used for publicity purposes.
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.