Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

Funding for Physical Activity in the Community

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What is the Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme?

The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme offers financial supports – provided by Sport Ireland – to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide who promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people.

How does it work?

It aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned activity and sport initiatives. In particular, the scheme is aimed at:

  • Supporting the work of Age & Opportunity Active 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.

In 2019, over €300,000 was awarded in grants all over Ireland. A total of 1084 grants were allocated with approximately 33,000 older people taking part in physical activity funded by these grants. 

Since the start of the scheme in 2001 we have awarded over 15,000 grants and the total fund allocated to date is over €6 million.  This is a substantial investment in all of the great ideas and activities that groups have come up with over the last 19 years.  We know from the Sports Monitor mid-year report that more older people are participating in sport and we want to keep improving this figure.

Covid-19 Update

There will be a few minor changes as a result of the impact of Covid-19 and the restrictions imposed by NPHET.  It is important that you review the Terms and Conditions.

We would also like you to take part in our survey aimed at finding out what impact Covid-19 has had on your group and their ability to be physically active or participate in recreational sport. Take our survey online here.

Clarification on unspent grant money from 2019

We understand that you may not have been able to spend your grant money received in December 2019  due to the national restrictions imposed from March 2020 . We have decided that you may carry that grant over to next year and still apply for the 2020 grant in September. This means you will be reporting in 2021 on how you spent both your 2019 and 2020 grant.

You may also redirect your grant to any online activity for your group as long as it involves physical activity e.g. some groups who were intending to do a series of yoga classes may now have the option to take part in an online yoga class instead as many yoga teachers are offering this as an alternative to face to face classes.

If you did manage to spend your grant this year you will report as normal by filling out the evaluation sheet on this year’s application. 

What will be awarded?

Physical Activity Programme

For example:

  • (1) a five-week programme to introduce older people to an activity such as Go for Life Games, aerobics, aquafit, Tai Chi etc. The costs of hall hire and a qualified instructor might form part of the overall cost;
  • (2) an initiative by a sports club to involve more older people – the purchase of specialised equipment, facility hire or a qualified independent instructor might form part of the overall cost;
  • (3) a series of yoga classes delivered online to older people;
  • (4) an outdoor activity like cycling/walking programme.

Purchase of Equipment / Resource Materials

For example: 

  • Go for Life Games equipment, pitch and putt set, physical activity kitbag, badminton racquets. Please note that, for the 2020 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.

How can I get involved?

The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme opens for applications in August of each year.  The deadline for applications for this year’s allocation is 12 noon Friday 2nd October 2020. Please return your completed form to active.grants@ageandopportunity.ie.

Download the National Grant Scheme application form here.

Take part in our survey aimed at finding out what impact Covid-19 has had on your group and their ability to be physically active or participate in recreational sport.  Take our survey online here. 

Alternatively you can download and print a survey form here and post it back to us. Address is on the form.

Review the Terms and Conditions here.

Contact

For information speak to our Active Programme team.

 01 805 7733
 active@ageandopportunity.ie

Active Initiatives:

Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

CarePALs

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. Find out more here.

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

We allocate funding to groups  to help them to engage their peers in more physical activities and sport. Find out more here.

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. Find out more here.

FitLine

A telephone mentoring service which encourages callers to start getting more active- we’re only a phone call away! Find out more here.

Sport Initiatives:

Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year. Find out more here.

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

We allocate funding to groups  to help them to engage their peers in more physical activities and sport. Find out more here.

CarePALS

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. Find out more here.

FitLine

A telephone mentoring service which encourages callers to start getting more active- we’re only a phone call away! Find out more here.

 

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. Find out more here.

People always say that ‘you’re only as old as you feel’. Well, it turns out to be true. Science has proven that staying active keeps your body younger and your mind happier, no matter what it says on your birth cert. Being active can help your body to stay strong and supple improve balance and coordination aiding in falls prevention A healthy mind and body can help fight off colds and infections and many common illnesses. Exercise keeps you sharp and, best of all, it cheers you up and boosts your energy.

Being active just 30 minutes a day can offer you a range of benefits including:

  • Better balance
  • Co-ordination
  • Greater range of movement
  • Flexibility
  • Better strength
  • Stay healthier
  • Be more content
  • Increase energy levels
  • Increased social connection
  • Prevent Falls

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

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