The Swimathon Foundation has announced that its Community Grants Scheme has opened for applications. The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding of between £500 and £2,500 to groups who provide and promote swimming in their local community; in particular to groups that would otherwise not take part.
Grants are available 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
- 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:
- Encouraging swimming participation from groups that may have a health need and can gain particular benefit.
- 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
- 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
To be eligible for a Swimathon grant organisations need to be supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon. 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; etc.
Examples of projects supported in the past include:
- Banishing Aqua Fears Yes You Can! who were awarded £1,734 to make swimming more accessible to residents on the Isles of Islay
- Jura and Braintree Mencap Swimmers based in Essex, were awarded £2,500 to ensure people with learning disabilities have the opportunity to participate in activities in the local area.
Applicants must be a representative of, or have the support of, a pool participating in Swimathon.
The closing date for applications is the 13th March 2020.