Basketball England's Assist Fund is designed to benefit young players who might need financial assistance in order to play and enjoy basketball.
The Fund, supported by a £10,000 allocation from Basketball England, will provide junior members with allowances of between £50 and £100, with clubs eligible to apply for support for up to three of their junior members.
The Assist Fund aims to provide funding to support young people aged 18 years or younger that find it difficult to afford to play and develop within the sport.
The grants programme has been designed to help young people stay in the sport and achieve more through basketball in terms of:
1. BE ACTIVE: Continue to stay active by helping people avoid dropping out of basketball
2. DEVELOP IN THE SPORT: Develop lasting sporting habits and skill development
3. DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND WIDER SKILLS: Continue to benefit from their playing and learning experiences in the sport, helping them to develop life skills through basketball
4. IMPROVE THEIR PERFORMANCE: Improve progression and inclusion among members wishing to improve and get involved in the talent programmes
The Assist Fund is now open until 4 March 2019.
Please take the time to read our application guidance, the terms and conditions of the scheme and to familiarise yourself with the questions on the application form (all available via this page) before starting your online application.
“Before you consider applying for a grant you need to be sure that your organisation and individual beneficiaries are eligible to apply for a small grants award”
Eligible Applicants will be Basketball England Registered Clubs only (as of 1st October 2018) who are either:
For the avoidance of doubt, we cannot accept applications from:
Number of Applications
In order to manage an expected demand, we will limit applications to one per club per funding round (and a maximum of 3 individual beneficiaries per application). If clubs are submitting more than one application, we ask that the club assesses the need carefully and include their view on the priority order for its submissions by completing the application in order of priority. This will be applied should the fund be oversubscribed with eligible applications.
“The focus of the grant spend should be on basketball related expenditure for the individual beneficiary where they are struggling to afford”
Young People – Low Family Income Backgrounds
The main purpose of the fund is to help young people from low family income backgrounds to afford playing and staying involved in basketball. Therefore, the fund will only be eligible to support young players and/or coaches and officials who are:
Beyond the basic eligibility criteria, we will ultimately judge the application based on your need, what you are going to spend the money on and why. The story about the individual involvement in the sport and what difference this fund will make to the individual applicant will be considered when deciding to award the fund. So, the final criteria will be:
4. THE BENEFITS TO YOU AND BASKETBALL: that you tell us what difference this will make to the young person receiving the financial support and the impact on their continued involvement and progression in basketball
There are 3 levels of grants which you can apply for each individual: £50, £75, £100
Our focus in deciding what we are able to fund is what difference you make with our funding, not what things you buy with it. However, there are things that we will not fund.
The fund can be spent on the following items to support the ‘individual’:
For the avoidance of doubt we can’t fund:
This is not an exhaustive list. If you are unsure about whether items of expenditure are eligible for funding please contact us.