Grant Aid

The Lewis & Harris Sports Council will administer the following scheme of grant aid on behalf of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Western Isles Health Board.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Western Isles Health Board wish to encourage sports clubs and organisations to join and participate in the activities of the Sports Council.

Grants will therefore only be available to affiliated and paid-up members of the Sports Council.

Application forms and previous years' awards are available below. 

Application forms should be completed and returned to the LHSC Secretary

What Categories Of Grant Aid Are Available?

To apply for a grant the following scheme has been created - the headings are as listed.

Start-up Grants

Start-up grants of up to £100 may be available to recently formed clubs which have a constitution. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment towards the success of the club, provide a detailed outline of the club’s aims and objectives and submit properly costed information on how they propose to use the grant.

Clubs in receipt of a start-up grant must maintain their membership of the local Sports Council. If they do not, reimbursement of the start-up grant may be sought.

Coach Education Courses

The aim of Coach Education grants is to supplement rather than replace voluntary effort. Applicants will be expected therefore to show evidence of their regular commitment to their chosen sport. Successful applicants may also be required to undertake a minimum number of coaching sessions as a condition of the grant being awarded.

Coach Education Courses (Western Isles)

Grant aid up to a maximum of £800 or 66% (whichever is the lesser amount) may be available for the payment of coaching fees for sports clubs or associations staging a Coach Education course in the Western Isles leading to a recognised National Governing Body coaching or refereeing/officiating award. The grant will include travel, course fees, tutor fees and accommodation costs.

Coach Education Courses (Mainland)

Grant aid up to a maximum of £500 or 66% (whichever is the lesser amount) may be available for attending coaching courses on the mainland. Grants will be awarded to individuals resident and belonging to an affiliated club based in the Sports Councils area who are seeking to obtain a recognised National Governing Body coaching or refereeing/officiating award. The grant will include travel, course fees and accommodation costs.

Sports Equipment Grants

Grants up to a maximum of £900 or 66% (whichever is the lesser amount) may be available to member clubs/organisations for the purchase of equipment which becomes the property of the club.

Clubs/organisations will be expected to insure items of equipment purchased with grant aid.
Grants will not be available for personal items such as team clothing, tracksuits, strips, etc.
Applicants will be expected to explore all other alternative sources of funding so that no duplication of facility is awarded. Grants will only be made on presentation of the appropriate quotation(s) or invoices.

Sports Coaching Development Grants

The purpose of sports coaching development grants is to assist club/organisations in the organisation of coaching courses which will improve the performance of participants.

Grant aid up to a maximum of £600 or 66% (whichever is the lesser amount) may be available for coaching courses which are organised under the auspices of the National Governing Body and which are under the direction of a recognised NGB coach. The grant will include travel, accommodation and tutor’s fees.

Sports Events

Grant aid up to a maximum of £300 or 66% (whichever is the lesser amount) may be available for the promotion of events which support and encourage increased participation in sport e.g. youth development, disabled, come and try, mini-festivals, etc.

Excellence

The maximum cumulative grant available to an individual in one financial year will not exceed £500 or 66% (whichever is the lesser amount) for national level or £300 or 66% (whichever is the lesser amount) for sub-national or regional level.

Where more than one individual from an affiliated club/organisation is involved, the maximum grant assistance to that club shall not exceed £1000 in any one year.

Discretionary Assistance

Applications for grant aid up to a maximum of £500 or 66% (whichever is the lesser amount) of total costs may be considered at the Executive Committee’s discretion for sports development activities or initiatives not covered by the above categories.

Transocean Youth and Young Person's Travel Scheme

To access the youth & Young Person’s travel scheme you need to be a constituted voluntary club/organisation with a youth & young person’s section or a youth/young person affiliated to the Lewis & Harris Sports Council

Grant Aid Steps

  1. All LHSC grant applications must come from a LHSC affiliated Member Club or Association, unless the applicant is an Individual Member. An individual member is only accepted if there is no active club in their sport. The application must be authorised by a senior committee member e.g. Treasurer, Chairperson, Secretary, etc…
  2. The Sports Council has an approved Grant Aid Scheme (see enclosed) and the current upper limits are set out in point 16 of the general terms and conditions. The committee also has the power to award a discretionary grant out with these limits if the committee feels that an application merits an award.

  3. The Grant Aid year will run from 1st August to 31st July (the LHSC financial year). There is no restriction on the number of grants that can be applied for, within the overall limits. If a sport reaches its limits the committee will be informed and the committee with have the power to award or reject the grant.

  4. The Sports Council relies on the Association/Club/Individual to prioritise the application(s) they submit.

  5. All grant applications must be submitted on a LHSC grant application form. No grants will be made in retrospect.

Application Deadlines

Applications for grant will be considered at meetings of the Executive Committee held in January, March, June, and August and must be submitted to the Secretary of the Sports Council at least 14 days prior to the Executive Committee meeting.

Note An application for grant aid which is submitted after the grant aid deadline will only be considered by the Executive Committee in extenuating circumstances.

In order to allow time for grants to be processed applicants should endeavour to submit applications for grant aid at least six weeks prior to the event/course taking place.

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