Grants Scheme Criteria


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 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
  • Healthy living groups

Project areas that the Swimathon Foundation Community Grant Scheme will support are:

Sustainable activities that will increase participation in swimming and are provided outside of, and in addition to the stated formal pool programme.

  • A grant towards providing swimming lessons targeted at a specific group or section of society that would not be able to take part, or would have extreme difficulty in participating in mainstream swimming lessons
  • A grant towards the costs of staging an activity at a pool which aims to introduce non-swimmers or lapsed swimmers or very occasional swimmers to an enjoyable pool experience that is designed to stimulate and support their continued participation
  • A grant towards equipment or improvements at a pool which will encourage either increased participation, for example through improving access above and beyond that required in the Equality Act 2010, or that will help swimming development in novice or non-swimmers. For example:
  • - Projector to offer sensory aquatic experiences
    - Blinds to cover exposed windows to allow privacy
    - Music systems to offer enhanced customer aquatic experience
    - Pathway markers around the centre to enhance customer centre experience
  • A grant towards encouraging swimming participation from groups that may have a health need and can gain particular benefit. For example:
    - The older adult - balance training and fall prevention in the aquatic environment
    - Aquatic programmes for people with multiple sclerosis
    - Aquatic exercise benefits in heart & kidney health
    - Paediatric motor learning in the aquatic environment - specific aquatic techniques that are instrumental in addressing issues involving balance, motor coordination, spasticity, social integration, behaviour and self-esteem
  • - Spinal rehabilitation and core strengthening in the aquatic environment
    - Aquatic exercise in the rehabilitation of osteoarthritis patients
    - Aquatic exercise and type 2 diabetes
    - Musculoskeletal rehabilitation/exercise programmes
    - Aquatic exercise and stroke rehabilitation
    - Aquatic exercise and mental health
  • A grant towards introducing and encouraging under 5’s, children and young people, adults and older people to understand the benefits of taking part in healthy physical aquatic activity as part of the Start Active – Stay Active guidelines from the Chief Medical Officers in the UK
  • A grant towards raising awareness, particularly in children, of water safety good practice and survival skills and techniques
  • A grant to aid swimming clubs to develop programmes that are outside the normal delivery, providing a unique opportunity in swimming development. For example:
  • - A club bringing a local targeted session under the club umbrella
    - A club targeting certain members of the local community for tailored learn to swim sessions 
    - A club supporting a local community group with training opportunities (i.e. lifeguard / level 1 teaching)
  • A grant to top up additional funding provided from a separate source for use on a sustainable project to meet the above criteria


Some examples of things that Swimathon Foundation Community Grants will not support
(but are not limited to):

  • Organisations or community groups that have received a grant from the Swimathon Foundation in the previous grant cycle
  • Any pool not part of an organised Swimathon session
  • Grants that are put forward to cover day to day or revenue costs, 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.

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