The British Gymnastics Foundation Hardship Grants Programme will reopen for applications from British Gymnastics members on Tuesday 4th May.
For some of our members, we know that the coronavirus has had a devastating effect on their lives and livelihoods, making a return to gymnastics feel almost impossible. We want to ensure that no one in our gymnastics community drops out of the sport they love because of significant financial hardship or family crisis caused by the coronavirus.
That is why the British Gymnastics Foundation (the partner charity of British Gymnastics), has been working hard to make extra funds available for our members who are most in need.
This, the third round of Covid-19 recovery Hardship Grants will reopen on the 4th May until 17th May, so if you are a British Gymnastics member who is struggling financially to afford the costs of staying in the sport, please apply as soon as you can.
Impact of the Hardship Grants Programme
Since the start of the Hardship Grants Programme in March 2015, the Foundation have awarded grants totalling £255,922. This has benefitted the lives of 752 individuals. They found that 98% of Hardship Grant recipients are still in the sport 12 months after receiving a grant and 94% of recipients stated that the British Gymnastics Foundation’s Hardship Grant made a hugely positive impact on their life and their family’s life.
What is a hardship grant and when can I apply for one?
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. Due to the current crisis, they have worked hard to make more funds available for the Hardship Grant Programme, to deliver special rounds of funding that supports members suffering financially in these difficult times. The grants can be used to help pay for the future costs of participating in gymnastics for individual participants.
Applications can be made on the British Gymnastics Foundation website at: britishgymnasticsfoundation.org/how-we-can-help/hardship/.
Applications will open on 4th May; and will remain open until midnight on 17th May.
Who can apply for a Hardship Grant in this special funding round?
The grants are open to current British Gymnastics members who are in significant financial hardship and who are at risk of dropping out of gymnastics as a result of the coronavirus. The British Gymnastics Foundation are pleased to announce that within this round of funding, and in addition to their general pot of funding, they have £25,000 available to specifically support disabled British Gymnastics members; and would like to extend the sincerest thanks to The Peter Harrison Foundation for their most generous grant which has enabled them to support disabled members who are at risk of dropping out of gymnastics for financial reasons.
British Gymnastics Foundation will NOT fund any of the following:
· British 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.
· British Gymnastics staff members.
It is extremely important that as a gymnastics community, we are all there to support those who are most in need and at risk of dropping out of gymnastics completely. The Foundation treat fraudulent claims very seriously and strongly urge those who have the means to get back to gymnastics, to not apply as doing so may result in charity funds not being available to support someone else who is in desperate need of help.
Once you have applied, what happens next?
Throughout May and June, the Foundation will be working hard to review all applications for funding; aiming to review all applications and notify each applicant of an award decision by the end of June. They ordinarily run one Hardship Grant Application Panel each quarter, but for this special round of funding, they will run as many Grants Panels as is necessary to review all applications.
There will likely be many more applications than is usual, so please be patient as they work through this. They will fully consider each individual case and are committed to ensuring that everyone has the means to get back to gymnastics when it is safe to do so.