Michael Whapples from Leicestershire is blind and shoots air rifle. In 2011 he was the first British shooter ever to compete at the Open European Shooting Championships for the Vision Impaired, held at Nitra, Slovakia.Read More
Stewart Nangle, a Lancastrian, is pictured shooting .22 pistol. What the photograph does not show is that at the time one of his legs was fitted with a metal frame that was bolted into the bones.
Vic Morris lives in south Wales and is paralysed from the neck down as the result of an accident. With the aid of an 'equaliser' device invented by his coach, John Kelman, Vic shoots pistol and rifle.
There is a huge amount of information on the internet about grant-giving bodies, and the DSP doesn’t have the resources to gather it all together and present it here, then keep it up to date. We mention below some of the most useful bodies, and give links to some sites which do gather funding information for easy reference. Our Funding News page is where we will be adding details of any funding bodies that are particularly relevant or helpful, when such information comes to hand.
Note: We have heard of a club whose application for one of these grants was rejected, apparently on the grounds that membership was not "open to all" because of the Home Office requirement for membership applications to be counter-signed by an existing member of the club. This topic was covered in a short article on page 20 of the Autumn 2005 issue of The Rifleman, when representations had been made by the NSRA on behalf of several clubs whose applications had been turned down. The article concludes: "It has now been accepted at the Scheme's national office that compliance with this aspect of HO Approval should not be regarded as a reason for refusal. It may take a short while for this information to filter down to all the regional offices, the level at which applications are considerd. However, clubs that have had applications refused in the past may well benefit from dusting them off and having another go."
Inspired Facilities Fund
Grants of £25,000 to £150,000 to modernise or modify sports facilities.
Cash 4 Clubs
This offers a simple scheme of small grants (£250 to £1,000) to sports clubs. It has three funding rounds per annum, so decisions are made at pre-fixed times of the year.
Sports Coach UK
They have a downloadable guide which is stated to cover funding for coaching, but many of the funding bodies give grants for other aspects of sport as well, so it’s worth having a look at.
This site contains information on grants available for many areas of life, including sport.
This site has a database of 4,000 grant providers in the UK and EC. For larger capital projects it is worth looking at the possibility of funding from Europe, as well as domestic sources.
A comprehensive list of funding bodies was prepared for the DSP in 2009. Some of the information may be out of date, but much of it will still be useful, so we are making it available as a download. We will up-date it as soon as time permits.
Try to get hold of a copy of The Directory of Grant Making Trusts, published by the Directory of Social Change. It might be available from large libraries.