Grant Award

BIG LOTTERY GRANT AWARD

On 28 May 2015 the club got the great news that it had been awarded a £5,000 grant from The Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All Scotland. This is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and Sport Scotland which offers small clubs like ours the opportunity to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve sporting activity in their local community.

 

The process which had to be followed a little daunting at first but once tackled was actually relatively straight forward and dealt with in a very professional manner by the Awards for All –Big Lottery Fund staff. An application form some 27 pages long had to be filled in and submitted by e-mail. As I say this appeared quite daunting but the electronic format to filling out the application made it a lot simpler than it sounds. The club had to identify a project it wished to carry out. We called ours “Thistle Divers – Getting People Breathing Underwater”. We submitted an application for £10,000. We then had to wait around 13 weeks whilst our application was assessed. This was a long wait but worth it in the end when we heard that we had been awarded £5,000 of the £10,000 applied for, which was still a fantastic boom for a club like ours.

 

One important aspects of the process is that we had to identify exactly what we wished to buy with the grant money and cost our project accurately. Obviously in the end we only received half of what we had asked for we could not buy everything on our list but as long as it was on our original list we could chose what to spend the money on. This is probably the most time consuming and difficult part of the process as it is important to identify what it is you really want and need before submitting the application. It is not enough just to ask for money you have to say what the money is for and keep to that once it has been received.

 

We also had to identify how the money would help the local community. In our application we stated that we wanted the equipment as it would allow young people in the area to take up the sport without having to spend a prohibitive amount of money on equipment. What we aimed to address was the financial difficulties which people have in accessing the fantastic sport of scuba diving. Having good quality rental equipment will allow young people and those on low incomes to take up the sport. It was a vital part of the application that we were able to show that this money would be put to good use in expanding the sporting opportunities for people in our area. We emphasised that Scuba-diving was not only a sport which gets people active and healthy, but that it is also an educational activity where people learn about such issues as safety, first aid, equipment maintenance, the effects of pressure on the body, the effects of nitrogen in the blood and importance of knowing tide tables, marine life and ship wrecks around Scotland. Most of all we stressed that taking part in scuba diving was also a great way to meet other people. The ‘buddy system’ of diving where people must dive in pairs for safety reasons means that by necessity it is a sport that brings people together.

 

Thanks to The Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All Scotland the club now has a great GPS and Sounder system for our RIHB, 4 brand new regulators, 4 brand new BCD’s and £1,200 left to spend over the course of the year as we identify what we need most from our original list. We hope very much that we will be able to attract more new members to the club and get more people breathing underwater.

GPS & Sounder

GPS & Sounder

Awards for All

Awards for All

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