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Go for Life Small Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity is now open!

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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.A total of €300,000 will be available in grants in 2016, and grants awarded will be between €250 and €700.

To apply please download and complete the application form below and return it to us by 12 noon on Friday, 30th September 2016.  Grant allocations will be announced in November 2016.

2016 Application form (PDF format)

Overall aim of the Grant Scheme

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. An 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. For the 2016 scheme only, centres that have participated in the Go for LifeCarePALs programme since 2014, may apply for a grant to cover the cost of a CarePALs kitbag.

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.

Please read the application form above for detailed terms and conditions.

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