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Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme open

Applications for the 2018 Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme are open.

The scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who go above and beyond to encourage people in their local community to enjoy the water.

The Swimathon Foundation works in partnership with Swim England and the Swimming Trust to help promote and distribute funding for community swimming programmes. It brings much needed support to swimming programmes across the UK.

The Grants are available to a wide range of groups, including, but not limited to:

  • Community groups
  • Swimming clubs
  • Senior groups
  • Youth groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Disability charities
  • Healthy living groups

Head to the Swimathon Foundation website to find out more about the scheme.

More than just a grant

Previous applicants have found more benefits than the grant alone. Our Health and Wellbeing Manager Helen Kellett is working with one successful applicant from last year, Fluid Motion.

Fluid Motion was created in 2015 and works to provide accessible and tailored exercise and rehabilitation in community swimming pools. It uses the latest technology to assess individuals and recommend personalised exercise programmes, primarily working with those who have difficulty taking part in traditional exercise.

Fluid Motion used the grant award to further test and expand their ideas in pools around Oxford. It enabled them to work with more people to support them in being more active. This covered the cost of some hardware, pool hire costs and to cover their instructors’ time.

Commenting on the work with Fluid Motion, Helen said: “Following the funding from Swimathon Foundation Community Grants, the relationship between Fluid Motion and the Swim England Health and Wellbeing team has gone from strength to strength.

“We are currently working together on our Swim England health and wellbeing model and how we can collaborate together further.”

How to apply for the Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme

Using a simple online form, applicants are encouraged to apply for a grant between £500 and £2,500.

Grants will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon.

Applications for 2018 opened on 1 February and close at 5pm on 19 March 2018.

You can find the application form along with the grant criteria and case studies at www.swimathonfoundation.org

Guidance notes and FAQ’s are also available to guide you through the application process. If you have any queries then please email swimathongrants@swimming.org