Posted on 01/07/2020 in Rhythmic
Scottish Gymnastics members can now apply for financial support through a special round of Hardship Grants funding (1 July).
Alongside the British Gymnastics Foundation, we’ve been working hard to make extra funds available to our members that are most in need during this difficult time. Through our Step Forward Plan, those going through significant financial hardship can now apply to receive funding that will help to keep them in the sport they love.
Applications can be made on the British Gymnastics Foundation website. We would like to actively encourage you to share this with your gymnasts, parents and club members, to ensure that they are aware of what is available to them at this time.
Before making an application, below are all the details you need to know.
What is a Hardship Grant and how long have I got to apply?
The Hardship Grants Programme is an initiative from the British Gymnastics Foundation and was initially designed to provide financial assistance to British Gymnastics members to help them continue participating in gymnastics through times of significant financial hardship. The programme has been running for over five years now and has helped over 300 members.
Due to the current crisis, we are delivering a special round of funding for participants, which supports our members suffering financially. The grants can be used to help pay for the costs of participating in gymnastics for individual participants. Applications will remain open throughout July and August.
Who can apply for Hardship Grants funding?
In this special funding round for participants, the grants are open to current Scottish Gymnastics members who are in significant financial hardship and are at risk of dropping out of gymnastics as a result of Covid-19.
Funding will not be awarded to any of the following:
• Scottish Gymnastics members who are deemed to be financially capable of/or have the means to fund their involvement in gymnastics.
• Any person who has made a false claim in the past.
• Gymnasts in receipt of UK Sport Lottery funding.
• Scottish Gymnastics staff members.
It is extremely important that you know we are here to support those most in need and at risk of dropping out of gymnastics completely. We will treat fraudulent claims very seriously and we strongly urge those who have the means to get back to gymnastics, to not apply. Doing so may result in charity funds not being available to support someone else who is in desperate need of our help.
Once an application has been made, what happens next?
Throughout July, August and September, alongside the Foundation, we will review all applications for funding. We aim to review all applications and notify each applicant of our award decision within a month of receiving their completed application. We will fully consider each individual case and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has the means to get back to gymnastics when it is safe to do so.