The IOC Sport and Active Society Commission announced today that it has four development grants worth USD 20,000 each to award organisations that are running effective sport for all programmes in their communities.
The development grants were created by the Commission to fulfil its mission to encourage people everywhere to participate in regular physical activity and to promote the health and social benefits of sport. It is also in keeping with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement that was approved in December 2014.
This year’s grants fall under three themes: sports legacy for the Olympic Games or other major events; community-wide promotion of physical activity; and the engagement of youth. To be considered for a grant, applicants should demonstrate that their project:
- has a long-term and sustainable timeline;
- uses sport or physical activity as a tool to improve social issues;
- uses available public space and/or sport facilities and venues to promote participation in physical activity;
- has concretely developed long-term partnerships; and
- has a concrete monitoring/evaluation plan in place.
“We are looking for projects that really inspire people to get moving and lead active, healthy lifestyles,” Commission Chair Sam Ramsamy said. “We know from experience that there are many excellent sport for all programmes out there and we are looking forward to learning more about some of the best practices being implemented around the world. We wish all the applicants the best of luck.”
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), not for profit organisations, International and National Federations (including IOC-Recognised International Federations) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are eligible to apply. The applicants will be shortlisted by a panel of judges from the IOC Sports, Olympic Games, Olympic Solidarity, and Public Affairs and Social Development Through Sport Departments.
The shortlist will then be presented to the Sport and Active Society Commission Grants Panel to select the winners. The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2016. Winning entrants will be announced by July, with funding scheduled to be provided to the organisations in September.
Those interested in applying for a grant are asked to send a completed application form to email@example.com.
Regulations regarding the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission Development Grant can be found here.
Recent development grant recipients include a project by The Martin Luther King Association that provides social benefits by engaging children and teenagers in volleyball and football programmes in Lima, Peru. Another grant winner was the Gansbaai Sports Centre in Gansbaai, South Africa. The centre provides a “neutral” space for the three culturally diverse communities situated in the area. Its mission is to empower the communities by offering skills training and leadership opportunities while promoting education, health, social integration and participation through sport.
The IOC Sport and Active Society Commission works to increase the accessibility of sport as a right for all and engages with society to build on the sporting legacy of the Olympic Games and other major events. It is also responsible for activities related to the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, specifically those related to the promotion of active lifestyles in society, in particular among young people.