Apply for a Grant

The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community. The Foundation is passionate about encouraging people to get involved with swimming, which it hopes to encourage even further with its Community Grants.

Grants vary from £300 to £2,500 and will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon. The grants are administered by British Swimming and the Swimming Trust and are awarded on an annual basis. The opening date for Grant applications for 2015 will be announced later this year.

If you are interested in applying for a Swimathon Foundation Community grant then please take a look through the information supplied below.

What can you apply for?

Applications are invited for funding for an innovative and sustainable project which will help more people participate in and enjoy swimming and to make swimming more accessible. Applicants must demonstrate in their application how the funding will allow them to:

Introduce people to swimming who would otherwise not swim

Increase the frequency that existing swimmers go to the pool

Improve the swimming experience for new or existing swimmers

Some of examples of groups that Swimathon Foundation Community grants will support, but are not limited to:

Community groups

Swimming clubs

Senior groups

Youth groups

Sports clubs

Disability charities

Scout groups

Healthy living groups

Examples of things that Swimathon Foundation Community Grants will not support, but are not limited to:

Pools or community groups that have received a grant from the Swimathon Foundation in the last 12 months.

Hydrotherapy pools

Grants that are put forward to cover day to day or essential running or maintenance costs or to fund projects other than that detailed in the application form

Organisations which promote a political party or activity

Please note the project for which funding is sought must not have started, although it is acceptable that a pilot phase has been completed to provide evidence of need.

Am I eligible to apply?

The criteria to apply for a Swimathon Foundation Community grant are below:

Have an innovative project idea so that it targets a group of swimmers that are not already regularly participating

Be able to have your project take place at a Swimathon pool and have sign off from the Pool Manager or their delegated main contact for this project to take place. A full list of participating Swimathon pools can be found on www.sportrelief.com

Have a plan to make sure that your project is sustainable

Have an end date for your project of no later than the end of the calendar year

Applicants must be over 18 years of age and a resident in the United Kingdom

You cannot of received a Swimathon Foundation Community grant in the last twelve months.

If you have any queries in the meantime then please access the Frequently Asked Questions. If you don’t find an answer then please contact us on swimathongrants@swimming.org and we will endeavour to provide you with an answer within three working days.

We would like projects to take place from the scheme being approved to the end of the calendar year. Please explain in your application if this is not feasible so that the panel can take this into account when assessing the applications.

How do I apply?

Before applying for a Swimathon Foundation Community grant please read the terms and conditions and look through the supporting information on this page.

You can apply by accessing the application form on the right hand side of this page.

Please make sure that you have all information available in order to complete your application.

The applications for 2014 are now closed; a notice announcing the date when applications for 2015 will open will be posted in late 2014.

Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

What is the selection process?

Applications for the Swimathon Foundation Community Grants will be considered by the panel and a decision will be made on the projects that have been successful with their grant application bid.

All eligible applications will be assessed and the grants panel will identify which score highest against our assessment criteria. There is a limited amount of funding for the Swimathon Foundation Community grants meaning that unfortunately not all applications will be successful. If your application is unsuccessful in this round of funding then applicants are able to apply again in the next round of grants.

Please note that the decision of the Swimathon Foundation funding panel is final and no correspondence will be entered in to in relation to any such decision.

Grant application dates

The applications for 2014 are now closed; a notice announcing the date when applications for 2015 will open will be posted in late 2014.

How will you know you have been successful or unsuccessful?

Applicants will be notified within four weeks of the Swimathon Foundation Community Grants panel date – please see above.

Please note that no correspondence will be entered into regarding the success or failure of an application.

How will I receive the grant if my application is successful?

After the Swimathon Foundation Community grant panel meeting we will email you regarding our decision. Ifyour application is successful then attached to the email will be your offer letter which will explain the terms of the grant, a copy of the acceptance letter to be signed and a link for a monitoring and evaluation form to be completed online. This needs completing for us to arrange your first payment.

Once the above is completed we will ask you to email us an invoice for 50% of your allocated grant amount. If the forms are not returned within one calendar month, then we will assume that you do not want to take up the grant for the project. The payment will be made via BACS into your bank account once the above is received. Please include your address and bank details on the invoice that is sent through.

If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know. Please see the main website page for dates for this.

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