Sport Wales, in partnership with Welsh Government, has launched a new fund, ‘A Place for Sport Fund', with up to £1m available for sports clubs and organisations across Wales.
The fund will support projects seeking to improve, protect or create new sporting facilities.
Applications are invited from community sport groups and can include things such as floodlights, new multi-sport surfaces, expansion or improvements to existing facilities. The detailed fund criteria can either be found below or on the Sport Wales website.
Applications must be made online by 28 June 2019 and, importantly, the projects need to be completed by the end of March 2020.
Ann Bevan, CEO Welsh Gymnastics, said:
"This is an exciting time for gymnastics with many of the Welsh Gymnastics affiliated clubs seeking to further developed their offer. The potential that access to the ‘Place for Sport’ fund will give to clubs, will not only help them achieve their ambitions but will ensure increased access to quality gymnastics throughout all communities.
"Welsh Gymnastics will be keen to discuss any projects that clubs wish to progress so that applications can clearly demonstrate viability against the set criteria. The Club Development Officers will be available to discuss and support our clubs in their applications.so we look forward to hearing from you."
All awarded monies must be spent in full by the end of March 2020 - projects that cannot meet this time window should not be progressed any further.
Applicants will need to clearly demonstrate what difference the requested grant will make, both in a quantitative and qualitative way. Applications can be focused on the following project types:
· Building works*;
· Environmental efficiencies*;
· Facility upgrade;
· Maintenance work;
· Pitch works;
· Playing areas;
· Professional fees;
*Those marked with an asterisk may well be liable to planning permission and/or building regulations. Although additional guidance on this is provided on-line, please be aware that projects of this nature usually take longer to deliver.
No revenue projects will be considered, other than relevant professional fees for building projects. There is no minimum or maximum award.
Applications will be tested against the following important principles:
· The project is part of a strategic plan for the organisation.
· Contributes to a local landscape of modern and fit-for-purpose facilities designed to increase participation in sport and physical activity.
· Supports multi-sports provision at existing sites.
· Supports the integration of services i.e. 'wider than sport/leisure'.
· Is included in the Local Authority and / or NGB facility plans or has support from either or both bodies.
· Supports provision within a deprived community - projects which seek to address acute issues around non-participation in communities or developments taking place in an area suffering from economic disadvantage would be considered a high priority.
· Promotes equal opportunities, in particular for disabled people or under-represented groups.
· Encourages family participation in sport and active recreation.
· Due consideration for financial sustainability and, ideally, includes contributory funding.
Applications will also be assessed against the aims of the scheme and need to demonstrate that they have considered:
· What other local facilities are already available or planned.
· Local need/demand to facilitate participation in sport and physical activity.
· Collaboration - potential to share provision and/or co-locate services.
· Environmental impact.
For more information or to apply, visit Sport Wales.