Disability sport has been given a boost as Sport England revealed how £2.6 million of investment will help increase the number of disabled people playing sport – and make grassroots sport more inclusive.
For the first time Sport England will be directly funding five disability sports organisations to advise, support and guide other sports bodies as they create opportunities for participation by disabled people. In total these organisations will receive £1.1 million of National Lottery funding.
In addition, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has been awarded £1.5 million of Exchequer funding to accelerate its strategy to increase sports participation by disabled people.
Currently one in 15 disabled adults play sport regularly compared to one in six of the overall population.
The five disability sports organisations to benefit from the investment are:
- British Blind Sport – http://www.britishblindsport.org.uk/
- Cerebral Palsy Sport – http://www.cpsport.org/
- Dwarf Sport Association UK – http://www.dsauk.org/
- British Wheelchair Sport – http://www.britishwheelchairsports.org/
- UK Deaf Sport – http://www.ukdeafsport.org.uk/
All over the United Kingdom there are small local trusts providing grants for individuals and non-profit organizations in their local area.
In addition to this, the UK Government, the Welsh and Scottish Governments, and Local Authorities all have individual grant programmes that benefit the disabled.
What’s available from Government agencies differs around the country. All will offer grants such as the Disabled Facilities Grant but the majority of funding depends on local need and priorities.