Groups and projects in Cambridgeshire have come forward to apply for part of a £15,000 fund to increase the participation of people with disability in sport but there is still more money available to support people.
So far four organisations have been offered funding totalling £6,000 - this means there is still £9,000 in the ‘Disability Sport Legacy Fund’.
The scheme was been set up by Cambridgeshire County Council to support groups and clubs wanting to develop disability sports or inclusion projects in the County.
The aim is to develop sports activities for disabled people, or people with additional needs, to help raise the participation levels in sport by disabled people of any age.
Councillor Martin Curtis, Lead Member for Olympic and Paralympic legacy at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The Paralympics were inspirational and the nation has been gripped by the fantastic performances of all the athletes taking part. For example, Jonny Peacock and Jody Cundy are two local athletes whose talents have shone through. We believe their exploits will lead to an increase in the demand for sport in the coming months from people with disabilities and we want to help sports clubs across Cambridgeshire meet this demand.
“The Disability Sport Legacy Fund is designed to assist organisations to provide new and exciting opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport. So we are looking for new, creative ideas that will engage disabled people and positively change their lives. The projects likely to receive support will be long term and not ‘one offs’ and they must be focused on providing a pathway into regular sporting activity for the individual participants. These are exciting times and I am really looking forward to seeing the bids come in.”
To be considered, projects must demonstrate their sports activity will meet an identified need and encourage participation by individuals who are not presently engaged in sport or do not have the opportunity to get involved.
To help bring your ideas to fruition, Cambridgeshire County Council are offering partnership funding of up to £3,000 per project. This money can equate to 100 per cent of the total funding required or be part of partnership funding.
If you have a project in mind that requires initial ‘up front funding’ to set it in motion, E mail Jackie.Marriot@Cambridgeshire.gov.uk for an application form or visit http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/sports/sportfunding.htm for further information.
The application process remains open and projects must start by the end of February 2013 to be considered for funding.