Volunteer Support Programme

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Westmeath Sports Partnership are calling on Sports Clubs in Westmeath to make applications under our Volunteer Support Programme ,where 23 Clubs will receive up to €1000 each towards the training and education costs of their Club Volunteers. Through a competitive online application process Sports Clubs in Westmeath will be given the opportunity to set out the training and education courses they propose to implement  and outline the benefits this will bring to their Club and their Volunteers.

Key Dates :

Applications will be open from Wednesday 6th October

Closing date Friday 5th November

Grant announcement by 12th of November with grant issue to follow by month end .


What is the Volunteer Support Programme (VSP)

The Volunteer Support Programme aims to increase the number of people playing a leadership role in developing sports and physical activity in their communities. The Volunteer Support Programme aims to support clubs in upskilling new and existing coaches and volunteers to increase participation in sport and physical activity. This will be done through the delivery of training and education courses to support volunteers in their development as community leaders/coaches of sport and physical activity.


Who can apply? & What is eligible/ineligible?

Sports Clubs, and Organisations /Community Groups who provide physical activity in their communities can apply.  Priority will be given to those applicants working within disadvantaged areas ( Mullingar and Athlone Rapid Area) and or working with people with a disability


Eligible applicants must:

  • Be registered to an NGB & based in Westmeath.
  • Operate as a “not for profit”.
  • Demonstrate why the additional training and education is required
  • Demonstrate how additional training and education would lead to continued participation in sport and physical activity.


Ineligible applications include

  • Applications from individuals
  • National/Regional/County Governing Bodies/ Statutory agencies
  • For profit groups/commercial organisations
  • Private facility owners
  • Clubs based outside of County Westmeath
  • Clubs not affiliated with a National Governing Body
  • Applications from community organisations/ schools not linked with a club


What course/s can I apply for ?


Eligible Courses:

Sports specific Coach Education (e.g. Athletics, Basketball, Gaelic, Soccer). Committee and / or Volunteer education, Administration & management courses. Child Protection, First Aid, accredited courses by Sport Ireland Coaching or a National Governing Body of Sport.

Ineligible Courses :

Courses outside Ireland. Sport related courses delivered by bodies not recognized under the National Coaching Development Programme or by the National Governing Bodies of Sport. Generic sports courses delivered by a non-recognized agency. Day to day running costs (e.g insurance, transport)

Courses not directly related to applicant club/ organization e.g. team building.


Some Sample courses:

  • GYMStart – Gymnastics Ireland
  • Physical Literacy – Sport Ireland Coaching
  • Coaching Children Workshop – Sport Ireland Coaching
  •  Disability-Inclusion-Training – CARA
  • Child Protection Workshops – Sport Ireland and Local Sports Partnership
  • First Aid / AED – Accredited provider
  • Club Administration / Social Media / Accounts/ Committee skills etc – Accredited provider / 3rd Level College

Note: The costs of course and workshop delivery should be confirmed with each provider.

Responsibility for course and workshop delivery lies with each applicant.


How are applications evaluated?

  • Priority will be given to applications based in RAPID Areas
  • Applications with emphasis on participation of WSP target groups : Older Adults; Women; Teenage Girls; Disadvantaged Communities; People with Disabilities.
  • Sustainability and numbers participating.
  • Ability to generate own funds to support course delivery.

Please note: There is no guarantee of funding of proposals which achieve the minimum eligibility criteria. The fund is limited, and eligible applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis against the criteria being applied. The decision of the grant subcommittee is final.


Terms and Conditions

  • Successful applicants will be required to submit an expenditure report with supporting receipts within 10 months of receiving their grant. Failure to submit this report in a timely manner will omit the applicant from future funding opportunities.
  • Clubs/Groups with juvenile members must operate under the basis of best practice for children in sport : a member of the club must have previously attended a Child Welfare & Protection Awareness course (new clubs must commit to attending training where appropriate)
  • Groups must be affiliated to Westmeath Public Participation Network (WPPN).
  • A Tax Number or Charity Number is required for all grants.
  • If successful, it is a requirement of all grant funding that Westmeath Sports Partnership is acknowledged as a source of funding in any publications, leaflets, signage, online etc.
  •  Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.
  • Due consideration will be given to ensuring an equitable allocation of funds throughout the county


All questions from the application form are listed below.

1.       Name of Sport Club, Community Group or Organization applying

2.       Applicant address

3.       Contact person

4.       Mobile number

5.       E-mail

6.       Do you work with communities in a disadvantaged area ( Mullingar or Athlone RAPID Areas )

7.       Do you work with people with a disability

8.       Details of proposed courses/workshops

9.       Please proved a full breakdown of costs for the proposed courses/workshops

10.   How much of your own Clubs/Groups/Orgs funds are you contributing towards this training

11.   Describe how these courses/workshops will increase the number of people of all ages playing a leadership role in developing sports and physical activity in your community

12.   How many people will receive this training

13.   When do you propose to commence this training

14.   Declaration


Please click on the link below for the online application which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete

Volunteer Support Programme online application form