1.1 The general direction of SportsAid policy will be determined nationally and the Grants Committee will issue operational guidelines.
1.2 It is however recognised that each grant giving body, whether it be national or regional, has autonomy, with the ultimate responsibility vested in the relevant body of trustees. It is therefore acknowledged that there may be regional variations in policy, arising from decisions that are made in the best interests of the charity.
1.3 A responsible officer of the governing body of the relevant sport should formally endorse all applications. The endorsement validates the information contained on the form and provides further comments about the applicant.
1.4 All grants will be known simply as “SPORTSAID GRANTS” this will apply whether they are funded nationally or regionally, or whether the applications are received nationally and passed on to the Regions or whether the applications are received directly by the Regions.
2.1 National Criteria: Applicants must be young British competitors, living and training in England, with high potential, who are members of the GB/England team or squad members or who are judged to have the potential to compete successfully in recognised national competitions with a view to international representation in due course. Please note that the members of the Development Squad may not necessarily meet the above criteria. This must be specified. This status must be confirmed and endorsed by a monitored officer of the relevant Governing Body.
2.2 Regional Criteria: The above criteria apply to the Regional nomination however the grant amount will be potential to the funds available. Where possible, it should meet the recommended SportsAid grant amount of £500.00 minimum.
2.3 The age range of applicants is normally 12 to 18 year old. Consideration may be given to submissions for those outside these ages (under 12 and up to 21) but the applications must be accompanied by a special justification.
2.4 Those who benefit from individual National Lottery funding are not eligible for a SportsAid grant. The athletes who benefit from lottery scheme and do not receive any “cash-in-hand” grant from the programme will be subject to case-by-case consideration.
2.5 Those who benefit from a TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) Awards are not eligible for a SportsAid grant. But TASS athletes under the age of 18 o 1st October 2009 may be considered for an extra “cash-in-hand” grant, funds permitting.
2.6 Those who are admitted on the 2012 scholarship programme are not eligible for a SportsAid grant.
2.7 Applicants must be in need of financial support and earning no more than £10,000 per annum in personal income.
3.1 Applicants must be British competitors with high potential, who are part of the GB/national team or squad members or who are judged to have the potential to compete successfully in recognised national competitions with a view to international representation in due course.
3.2 The criteria for age are as follows:• Applicants should be over 12 and any exception can only be considered if accompanied by a special justification.• Applications for those over 35 will only be considered if they meet the performance criteria 3.1 and have been competing in their sport for less than 3 years.
3.3 Those who benefit from individual National lottery funding are not eligible for a SportsAid grant.
3.4 Those who benefit from a TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) Awards are not eligible for a SportsAid grant. But TASS athletes under the age of 18 o 1st October 2009 may be considered for an extra “cash-in-hand” grant, funds permitting.
3.5 Those who are admitted on the 2012 scholarship programme are not eligible for a SportsAid grant.
3.6 Applicants must be in need of financial support.
3.7 An appropriate officers involved with disability sports must endorse the application forms.
4.1 Governing bodies are asked to observe the requirement set out in 1.3 above the application criteria set out in the paragraphs 2 and 3 above.
4.2 We do need the applications to be clearly prioritised. We recognise that some multi-disciplined and team sports numbers 1 to “X” may not be practical but we then require an A, B, C evaluation.
4.3 Our grants committees, insists on the importance of the completion of there sections of the form that:• Indicate results, rankings and achievements.• Provides for comments from the NGB on the overall potential of the applicant.An incomplete or uncompleted form will be immediately sent back to the National Governing Body for further completion.
4.4 Cases of hardship will be given priority and it must be clearly indicated on the form.
4.5 N.G.B.’s will be invited to submit a specific number of applications for their sport by a specified date. Exceptionally further applications may be considered but a special justification will be required.
5.1 The grants committee will consist of:
5.2 The Regional representation will be agreed at a Regional meeting during the year.
5.3 The Chairperson will be elected by the committee from among the committee members.
5.4 There will be a minimum of three meetings per year:
5.5 The minutes of the meeting will be circulated to:
5.6 The grants committee will review and recommend policy in the following Areas.
5.7 The awards manager will monitor performance of our grant giving bodies, National and Regional and will report the results to the committee.
6.1 It is in the interest of the development of SportsAid as a National Charity, to have a coherent policy, as far as possible, across the country.
6.2 With the expectations that will inevitably occur, and are recognised in 1.2 above, the Regions are asked to undertake as far as possible(and as far as funding follows) to make grants as follows:
6.3 The Regions are asked to provide feedback to the National Awards Manger, as follows:
6.4 The Regions through their Quarterly forum, will have the opportunity to;
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