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Applications open for Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme

Groups and individuals who are helping to increase the number of people going swimming are being urged to apply for funding worth up to £2,500.

The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme 2019 is now open for applications.

Community groups, swimming/sports clubs, disability charities and healthy living groups are among the organisations that can apply for funding between £500 and £2,500 from the scheme.

The Swimathon Foundation has supported a variety of initiatives, including swimming programmes for those with special needs, participation schemes by youth groups, clubs for the elderly, swimming clubs and disability groups .

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

Ralph Riley, a Trustee for the Swimathon Foundation, said: “This year, the Swimathon Grants Scheme is targeted specifically at supporting schemes that not only increase the number of people swimming but also have the potential to improve health.

How to apply for the grants scheme

  • Applications require an online form to be completed
  • The deadline for submissions is 3 April 2019 and all applicants will be contacted once the Swimathon Foundation Community Grant Panel has made a decision.
  • All grants are administered by Swim England and the Swimming Trust.

“The unique benefits of water make it the perfect place for people of all ages to exercise, particularly those with long term health conditions.

“We encourage all individuals and organisations that have swimming promotional schemes that meet the Swimathon grant criteria that they would like to ‘get off the ground’ at their local Swimathon pool to apply for a grant today.”

The Swimathon Foundation is the owner and custodian of the annual national Swimathon, Open Water Swimathon and School Swimathon events.

This year’s Swimathon, which takes place over the weekend of 29-31 March, has been backed by Olympians Mark Foster and Duncan Goodhew.

Since it began 30 years ago, it has raised more than £50 million for a number of different charities – and this year will be collecting cash for Marie Cure and Cancer Research UK

The events, which include both individual and team challenges, attract tens of thousands each year and the foundation is hoping that their community grants will increase participation even further.