What is Swimathon Foundation?

Swimathon Foundation is a registered charity, and owns the annual national Swimathon, Open Water Swimathon, School Swimathon and Marathon Swims campaigns. Through the staging of these campaigns, the Foundation encourages members of the public – in their tens of thousands each year – to take part in swimming and to raise vital funds for charity. Its current charity partners are Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK.

Who runs Swimathon Foundation?

Swimathon Foundation is managed by a board of Trustees, who bring with them a wealth of experience and professional competence, as well as a genuine passion for swimming and charitable fundraising. Find out more about each of the Trustees here.

How is Swimathon Foundation funded?

The majority of the funds raised by Swimathon and Open Water Swimathon participants and members of the public (at least 70%) go to the chosen principal charity beneficiaries. The remaining percentage is used by Swimathon Foundation to fund its own operating and administrative costs in keeping its events and activities available to the general public to participate in and enjoy the benefits of swimming and in funding its community grants and other funding schemes such as the Covid-19 Relief Fund.

How do charities become a principal beneficiary charity of Swimathon?

The selection process is by invitation only and the choice of charity is the decision of the Swimathon Foundation Trustees. The current charity beneficiaries are currently contracted to remain as beneficiaries until the 2023 event.

What is Swimathon Foundation’s charity number?

Swimathon Foundation is a charity registered at the Charities Commission, no.1123870.

What is the Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme?

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 Community Grants.

Grants vary from £500 to £2,500 and will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon or Open Water Swimathon.

What are Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme grant application dates?

Despite the difficulties the swimming industry has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Swimathon Foundation’s determination to support worthy aquatics causes across the country remains a key pillar of their work and the Grants Scheme is set to return in 2022.

Swimathon Foundation will be in touch through relevant organisations in due course, once the 2022 Community Grants Scheme is ready for applications. For now, Swimathon Foundation offer their full support to the wider swimming community as facilities look to re-open later in the year

What are the criteria for the Swimathon Community Grants Scheme?

You can find the criteria here [link to: /swimathon-grants/grants-criteria].

What are some examples of groups that Swimathon Foundation Community Grants will support?

Examples of groups that Swimathon Foundation Community Grants will support are (but not limited to):

• Community groups
• Swimming clubs
• Senior groups
• Youth groups
• Sports clubs
• Disability charities
• Healthy living groups

How do I make an application for a Swimathon Foundation Community Grant?

Swimathon Foundation replaced the Community Grants scheme with their Covid-19 Relief Fund in 2020 and 2021. Applications for Swimathon Foundation Community Grants will return in 2022.

How will I know if I have been successful or unsuccessful?

Applicants will be notified after Swimathon Foundation Community Grants panel meeting in 2022. Please note that no correspondence will be entered into regarding the success or failure of an application.

What is Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Swimathon Foundation was acutely aware that the swimming and aquatics community has been facing a very difficult time with multiple rounds of closures of swimming facilities across the UK. Therefore, back in May 2020 and again in February 2021, Swimathon Foundation established and promoted its COVID-19 Relief Fund to offer grant funding for small organisations working in the swimming and aquatic community in the UK.

Through grants made from the Fund, it supported existing small swimming and aquatics organisations so that they could continue to operate in these especially difficult times. Organisations could apply for grants of a minimum amount of £250 and up to a maximum of £1,000. In June 2020 and March 2021, a total of £80,000 was granted to hundreds of organisations across the UK.

Can I still apply for Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund?

Applications for the second round of Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund closed in February 2021 and all successful applicants were notified in March 2021.

What is Swimathon?

Swimathon is a mass participation pool-based swimming and fundraising event, held in 300+ pools across the UK, taking place on 10-12 September 2021. With distances on offer from 400m to 30.9k, Swimathon is designed to suit all levels of fitness, ability and age, and participants are encouraged to fundraise for its two charity partners, Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Find out more about this campaign by visiting the Swimathon website.

What is Open Water Swimathon?

Open Water Swimathon, taking place on 10-12 September 2021, is a mass participation outdoor swimming and fundraising event, held at numerous outdoor swim venues across the UK. The distances on offer range from 500m to Triple 5k, so everyone is welcomed and encouraged to take on an outdoor swimming challenge, whatever their ability. Find out more about this campaign by visiting the Open Water Swimathon website.

What is School Swimathon?

School Swimathon is a swimming programme for school children, encouraging them to improve technique and confidence, culminating in a challenge to swim further than ever before.

Participating schools use their national curriculum weekly swim lessons throughout the school terms to improve pupils' swimming ability. This will build up to a final session where pupils will challenge themselves to swim further than ever before. Find out more about this campaign by visiting the School Swimathon website.

What is Marathon Swims?

Marathon Swims is an annual competitive event taking place at the London Aquatics Centre, aimed in particular at serious ultra-distance swimmers. The pinnacle distance is the Marathon distance (10k), with Half Marathon Swim (5k) and 1k challenge on offer too. Find out more about this campaign by visiting the Marathon Swims website.

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