Go for Life Grant Scheme

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

                                                                                                            - Deirdre from Dominic's Community Centre Ltd, Tallaght

2016 Grants 

Applications are now open and you can download the 2016 Go for Life Grant Scheme form in PDF format.  The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Friday, 30 September 2016. 

2015 Grants

The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and the Sport Ireland were announced on 8 December 2015. For full details of the Grants, follow this link. 

The Small 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 €300,000 will be available in grants in 2015. This year grants will be between €250 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.