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Neighbourhood Sports Fund

24 Feb 2012 - 10:38 by michelle.foster

The Neighbourhood Sports Fund demonstrates Manchester City Council’s commitment to build a sporting legacy ahead of and beyond the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The fund will be exclusively for Manchester Sports Club’s seeking to grow and sustain participation in sport. Eligible sports clubs must be from sports as part of Leisure Services sports policy sports. Manchester City Council’s ambition is to create a world-leading community sport system with a network of vibrant, sustainable community sports clubs at its heart.

The fund will be available to clubs seeking to:
• Increase the number of Manchester residents as members of clubs
• Increase participation in sport
• Reduce drop out of sport
• Increase the number of teams
• Increase in opportunities for volunteers
• Development of new clubs
• Engage priority groups such as women and girls, disabled participants, and participants from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups

A maximum grant award of £2,000 can be made, although significant value for money will need to be achieved to obtain the maximum grant possible. It is envisaged that match funding should be sought to maximise the impact of the award.

Support for completion of the application form can be obtained from the relevant Sports Development Officer, their contact details can be found in the Guidance Notes below. This officer will be submitting and discussing each application with a Sports Development Panel of officers and therefore engagement with the relevant officer is crucial. The Sports Development Panel makes a recommendation for each application which is either to approve, defer or reject the project. All recommendations are then reviewed by The Neighbourhood Sports Fund Board for a final decision.

Two funding rounds will take place per year.
Round 1 - Deadline: Monday 30 April 2012, Notification of Decision: Mid June
Round 2 - Deadline: Sunday 30 September 2012, Notification of Decision: Mid November

For further details and to apply, see below.

For further information, contact 0161 953 2450, or email: leisure@manchester.gov.uk.

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