Go for Life Grants
Funding for Physical Activity in the Community
Over the last eighteen years the National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people to get more active more often.
Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport
What is the Go for Life Grants Scheme?
The Go for Life 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?
This national grant scheme 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 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.
In 2018, €300,000 was awarded in grants all over Ireland. Each grant awarded ranged between €140 and €1,400 with the average grant being €290.
What will be awarded?
- Physical Activity Programme: Grants awarded to support a planned series of physical activity sessions for older people. For example, (1) a five-week programme to introduce older people to an activity such as Aerobics, Aquafit, Tai Chi or Tennis. The cost of hall hire and a qualified instructor might form part of the overall cost.
- Purchase of Equipment / Resource Materials: Grants will be awarded to assist the purchase of physical activity equipment, for example, Go for Life Games equipment, Pitch and Putt set, physical activity kitbag, badminton rackets.
- Participation Events: Grants will be awarded to those who need financial assistance to participate or organise physical activity events for older people. 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 Go for Life Grant Scheme opens for applications in August of each year. The deadline for applications for this year’s allocation is now closed and the list of recipients can be downloaded here:
If you would like to get updates on all our initiatives, including the next round of grant funding, you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of each web page or just contact us – details below.
For information speak to our Active Programme team.
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
- Greater range of movement
- Better strength
- Stay healthier
- Be more content
- Increase energy levels
- Increased social connection
- Prevent Falls