Inverurie Youth Sports Foundation (IYSF)

These guidelines have been compiled to assist with the application for funding from the Inverurie Youth Sports Foundation (IYSF). The guidelines outline the procedures and criteria for requesting funds, along with further information on the application and assessment process.

The objectives of the IYSF are to provide funding for the further development/support of youth in sports. We have set out geographic boundary, as a starting point with some flexibility, as the Garioch area. Applications/applicants from outside that area may be considered.

Such applicants should contact prior to making their application to discuss this.

Whilst we are open to considering other suggestions, below is a guide of the frameworks within which IYSF would be willing to provide support:

(1) ISYF Scholarship Programme

Providing financial support to individual participants in sport, for example, continue participating in sport, purchase equipment to take their sporting performance to the next stage or to enable them to attend national championships and competitions.

(2) New Club Programme

Providing financial support to a body looking to set up a new club where there is no existing club in the local area and there is substantial or convincing interest so long as that new club meets basic requirements e.g. open to all and “no barrier” to entry.

(3) Access to All Programmes

IYSF will provide financial support to clubs or organisations that wish to arrange open days to promote participation in sport.

(4) Inspiring Mentor/Coach Programme

IYSF will provide financial support to clubs or organisations that arrange coaching and advice by a well-known and/or high performance athlete or coach in a given sport.

(5) IYSF Club Resource Fund

IYSF are now welcoming applications from local sports clubs for a new funding grant from the Club Resource Fund. Eligible sports clubs must: (a) be a not-for-profit organisation; (b) have members who are mostly or exclusively young people; (c) be open to all without discrimination; and (d) be located in or around the Garioch area.

The usual restriction on Olympic or Paralympic recognised sports that IYSF operates does NOT apply to this fund.

Eligibility of Funding

IYSF has outlined clear objectives in relation to the promotion of youth in sport in the Garioch area. Some guidance is provided below in relation to the eligibility of funding:

Guidelines – Eligibility of Funding

  • The support of further development of youth in sports.
  • Teams or Individuals who require further professional Coaching/Development through recognised professional organisations.
  • Clubs and organisations that operate a no barriers policy, and affiliated to a registered association of their chosen sport.
  • The sport must be an Olympic/Paralympic or Commonwealth registered sport with the exception of Cricket, which are also eligible to apply for funding.
  • The IYSF committee will decide the level of funding upon review of the application.
  • To support training, coaching and competing within the Garioch area, including travel expenses to competitions out with the Garioch area.
  • Training equipment to further enhance the development of individuals or teams.
  • “Clubs” and “organisations” must not be run for profit
  • Funding applications must be made prospectively (i.e. in respect of events in the future) and not made retrospectively (i.e. made after an event)

Prioritisation of Funding

Although consideration will be given to all applications that meet the outline criteria of the IYSF, the foundation will prioritise applications where the need, impact and outcome are clearly defined in the application, along with any further supporting information.

Guidance for the prioritisation of funding is as follows:

Prioritisation of Funding

  • The applicant should clearly define the need, impact and outcome for the team or individual applying for funding.
  • Although it is not a necessity for funding to be granted, IYSF would encourage applicants to explore any opportunity of securing matching or additional funding through associated sports agencies, private donations, governing bodies etc.
  • The financial request should be clearly defined in the application to be considered eligible for the requested level of funding.

Application Process

Applications should be made via the IYSF application form. You should attach or enclose any associated information in support of the application.

Completed applications should be sent to us via email or post, to either:


Garioch Sports Centre
Burghmuir Drive
AB51 4GY

Please ensure your application clearly defines the:

  • Need
  • Impact
  • Outcome

Applications should be submitted by the middle of each month to be eligible for review at meetings, which are usually held towards the end of each month.

Assessment Process

The aim of the committee is to review and notify each applicant within a one-month period on the outcome of the application. This may not be possible in all cases.

We would encourage all applicants to ensure their application forms provide clear and detailed information that defines the need, impact and outcome of the request for funding. On occasions we may require face-to-face meetings to discuss the application in more detail. This is particularly the case for applications for large sums or that require long-term support.

For applicants who are successful, the IYSF committee may seek feedback from individuals or clubs as to the impact the funding has provided.

Should the application be unsuccessful, applicants cannot re-apply for the same funding within one year from the date the application is rejected. Applicants can however re-apply with a proposal that differs significantly from the unsuccessful submission.

As this is a charitable organisation, the committee has decided to waiver any right of appeal for unsuccessful applications.

Additional Considerations

Certification / Liability

In order for IYSF to process applications properly it is important that you ensure the details you have provided are true and correct at the time of processing. If details are provided whereby the application has been fraudulently, incorrectly or misleading material has been put forward, the application will be invalid and you will be liable to return any sums already paid out by IYSF, with any pending offer being formally withdrawn.

Data Protection

IYSF will use and process information in accordance with the requirement of the Data Protection Act 1998 and any subsequent legislation in the area of data protection. The information you provide us with may be held on files, both paper and electronic. We will use this information to process applications, investments and payments, to prepare statistics and to monitor and evaluate effectiveness of both individual grants and our investments.

Legal Capacity

If an individual is under 16, we require a parent or guardian to sign the application form to consent to the disclaimer as to the truthfulness of the information supplied and to the use of the information provided in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We do not consider this as a common kind of “transaction" for an under 16 to enter into under the Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991. “Transaction” includes the giving of any consent having legal effect under section 9(d) of the 1991 Act.

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