programme to assist Northern Ireland’s most talented sportspeople to
perform successfully in competition”
are the objectives of the Athlete Support Programme?
Athlete Support Programme provides financial support for two levels of
the development continuum – Elite and Performance.
Elite level of the programme is designed to support those sportspeople
international sporting success is a realistic short-term objective.
objectives of the elite programme are to assist identified sportspeople
to achieve greater success in targeted international competition, to
improve international rankings and to win medals at:
the period of their performance plan.
The Performance level
of the programme provides support for those sportspeople for
whom international success is a realistic long-term objective. In
some circumstances this may include support for teams or squads in
preparation for interprovincial competition.
objective of the performance programme is to assist identified
sportspeople to achieve levels of performance that will enable them to
progress towards international success, improve rankings and/or success
in interprovincial competition.
can normally only be submitted on behalf of an athlete, team or squad by
the recognised Governing Body of Sport.
Further details of recognised Governing Bodies of Sport are
available upon request.
much funding is available?
will depend on which level of the programme you are eligible to make an
the case of Elite level the maximum funding available is £12,000
per annum; for the Performance level the maximum will be £6,000
both cases funding is only available for a maximum of 12 months.
Towards the end of the funding period, should the athlete require
further funding a second shorter application form must be completed.
will the programme fund?
will be available for:
additional competitive opportunities
personal competition and training equipment
personal training costs
targeted competition costs
athlete support services, e.g. sports science, sports medicine.
is not eligible for funding?
do I make an application?
contact the Sports Council Lottery Fund (SCLF) to request a copy of the
Information & Guidance notes. The
Information & Guidance notes will contain further information about
the programme. If you wish
to make an application, you must complete the enquiry form and return it
(with the Governing Body’s endorsement) to the SCLF.
the SCLF deem your project to be eligible for consideration for funding
an application form will be issued.
application form and performance plan must be completed and returned to
SCLF before the published closing date.
are the closing dates?
are 3 closing dates each year. Dates
agreed for 2004 are:
Friday 25 June 2020
Friday 29 October 2020