Go for Life Grant Scheme

The 17th allocation of funding under the National Grant Scheme for Physical Activity for Older People took place on Thursday 7th December 2017.

Announcing the successful grantees at the Ballybough Community Centre, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD, said:

'Over the last seventeen years the National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people to get more active more often and the record number of applications this year shows the continued importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country. Programmes like Go for Life, funded by Sport Ireland, will help us reach the targets set out in the National Physical Activity Plan and approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in the activities funded by the grants. The success of this scheme shows what can be achieved with a small investment and the importance of funding sport and physical activity, at any age.'

A full list of the 1,118 groups and their funding amounts can be downloaded here:

Go for Life National Grant Recipients 2017 (PDF).

Minister Brendan Griffin and Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy join in the games at the announcement of the Go for Life National Grant Scheme, in Ballybough Community Centre

Minister Brendan Griffin and Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy join in the Go for Life Games at the grant scheme launch in Ballybough Community Centre

 

"The Go For Life grant will make such a difference to the lives of our community" 

Deirdre from Dominic's Community Centre Ltd, Tallaght

The Grant Scheme is a joint initiative between Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme and Sport Ireland.  Grants are available to all eligible local clubs, groups and organisations that promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people as a main element of their activities. A total of approx €300,000 was available in grants in 2016. Each grant is usually between €100 and €700.

Overall aim

The National Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned initiatives designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity by older people. 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.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to all eligible local clubs, groups and organisations that promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people as a main element of their activities. Commercial, statutory or umbrella bodies, or their agents, are not eligible for funding under this grant scheme. One exception to this are Local Sports Partnerships who are eligible to apply. Day centres completely funded and directed by statutory bodies, such as the HSE, are not eligible. Grants are made available for sport or physical activity for older people and the overall membership of applicants must be such that older people will be the beneficiaries of the grant monies. Funding for sports clubs will not be considered unless the application specifically relates to older people. Only one application per group will be considered.

 

 

 

 

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