From revelling in Chris Hoy's Olympic glory to fervently following the national soccer team, support for sports heroes is everywhere in Scotland. Participation in sports is equally prevalent, as much to encourage social awareness and fitness as to breed top athletes. There are several grants available to ensure sports continue to develop and make a difference to the people of Scotland--whether they are young, disabled, poor or just looking for somewhere to play.
Awards for All Lottery Grants
This grant is awarded to community organisations and voluntary sports clubs in Scotland. It is intended to support developmental projects and ensure that community-run sports clubs are able to survive. Grants range from £500 to £5,000, depending on the particular scheme in question, and a panel usually provides a response to grant applications within six weeks.
4th Floor, 1 Atlantic Quay 1 Robertson Street Glasgow, G2 8JB 001-44-84-56-00-20-40 awardsforall.org.uk
The Gannochy Trust
The Gannochy Trust ensures charities in Scotland that introduce children to sports continue to prosper. There are no definite parameters for the level of grants which can be handed out by the Gannochy Trust, but the upper limit is £200,000. The amount a charity receives is entirely dependent on the individual situation, and a decision on the application is usually made in six weeks' time.
The Gannochy Trust Kincarrathie House Drive Pitcullen Crescent Perth, PH2 7HX 011-44-17-38-62-06-53 gannochytrust.org.uk
The Peter Harrison Foundation
The Peter Harrison Foundation looks to ensure that those with disabilities and other disadvantages enjoy sports by supporting sports clubs which specialise in providing activities and support for these individuals. Although the foundation is based in England, it accepts applicants from all over the U.K. Grants start at £500, and the foundation does not publish an upper limit, although the yearly budget for the foundation is £600,000. Applicants must wait up to six months for an answer, as the evaluating panel meets quarterly.
Peter Harrison Foundation Foundation House 42-48 London Road, Reigate Surrey, RH2 9QQ 011-44-17-37-22-80-00 peterharrisonfoundation.org
Local Authority Grants
Application for sporting grants can be made to your local Sport Scotland authority. Although these grants are generally quite small, they are usually dependent on the circumstances and have no exact eligibility rules. You can apply for funding whether you are trying to start a children's soccer team, a fitness club or a community-run sports club--as long as what you are trying to do will benefit sports and fitness in the local community and Scotland, then you could be eligible.
Sport Scotland 62 Templeton Street Glasgow, G40 1DA 011-44-14-15-34-65-00 Sportscotland.org.uk
Sportsmatch awards grants that match the amount an organisation has raised in commercial sponsorship. To be eligible, an organisation must be working to develop grass roots sporting projects. Sportsmatch will match commercial income up to £10,000. Applications are usually answered within four months.
Sportsmatch Caledonia House, South Gyle Edinburgh EH12 9DQ 011-44-13-13-17-72-00 sportscotland.org.uk