WFDF Development Grants Program - 2017 Call for Applications
20 February 2017
The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to present its call for development grants applications for 2017. In 2017 a total of US$ 24,000 has been budgeted for development projects including the WFDF coaching clinics and other projects. The individual disc community grants program constitutes approximately 25% of the development budget, with individual grants limited to no more than US$1,500 each. WFDF also plans to expand this year its disc missionary program, providing discs to travelers to areas with limited disc activity. The deadline for the submission of grant applications 23 April 2017 with the first disbursements expected in June 2017.
“The development grants program, which is running in its fourth year in 2017, reflects our ongoing effort to fully meet our strategic goals as set out in our current strategic plan for 2015-2018,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. The program for 2017 has renewed our commitment to use a portion of our available resources for individual projects brought to WFDF Sport for All and Development Commission by Member Associations or individuals fostering grass-root development of Flying Disc activities. After review by the Commission, all projects will also be carefully evaluated by our new Sustainability Officer Johanna von Toggenburg before being submitted to the board.”
“We want to support projects that show sustainability and long term impact,” commented Gabriele Sani, Chairman of the WFDF Sport for All / Development Commission. “In the past we have backed a variety of initiatives, including the creation of new national federations, youth development programmes, coaching courses and community building projects. Our aims in 2017 will focus on introducing disc sports into new countries and support role model projects promoting the values as set out in the IOC Olympic Agenda 2020, including activities in developing continents, spirit of the game education, and youth programs as well as projects for flying disc for the disabled. We also will support establishing organization infrastructure, in particular in African countries with coordination with WFDF’s All Africa Flying Disc Federation, as well as in the Middle East.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for disc enthusiasts to pitch for funds from WFDF to help develop disc sports in your community,” added Caroline Malone, Deputy Chair of the Commission and WFDF Board member. “We're particularly keen to hear from people and places we have not heard from before. Perhaps you're formalising your national federation but need a boost to take that last step. Perhaps you want to encourage more gender equality among your players. Or perhaps you need assistance to focus attention more on local players. These project ideas and more are welcome.”
In 2016 projects funded were hosted in South Africa, Ukraine, Bolivia and Sri Lanka. In 2015, projects were supported in Cambodia, Venezuela, Kenya, Hungary, India and Nicaragua. The program is not limited to projects sponsored by WFDF member countries but explicitly calls for initiatives or projects by individuals or groups in new countries. Applications may be made by member associations or individuals by using the official application form and grants may be used to fund activities for 12-15 months from the date of the award.
For further information on the Development Grant program and information how to apply click here.
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