IPC makes €1 million in grants available to NPCs for sport development

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Through its National Paralympic Committee Development Program (NPCDP), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is making available €1 million in grants to nearly 130 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) for sport and organizational development. NOCs are now invited to apply.

Designed to enhance the growth and sustainability of the Paralympic Movement, NPCDP funding has been available since 2017 thanks to significant support from the Global Paralympic Partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC).

NPCDP grants are available to all eligible NPCs and up to EUR 7,500 is available per NPC. Support funding for eligible members will be awarded beginning in August 2022 in three grant areas:

• Subsidies for IPC membership fees
o Subsidies will be available for eligible NPCs to cover IPC membership fees.

• Organizational development
o Grants in this area should strengthen NPCs as active and transparent entities that develop parasport and promote the Paralympic Movement‘s aspiration for a more inclusive society.

• Sports development
o Here, NPCs need to increase the quality and quantity of sport technical personnel needed to produce top quality para-athletes.
o They should also close the gaps in Paralympic sport participation within the Paralympic movement in terms of gender, sport and disability.

Kristina Molloy, Director of Membership and Impact, said: “At its core, the IPC is an athlete and member-centric organization. Thanks to the generous support of Toyota, NPCDP grants provide IPC members with significant, targeted funding that benefits their own development and that of their athletes.

“We want to help our members invest in the future. We know the pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but there is also a lot of optimism after the successful hosting of two Paralympic Games and the launch of WeThe15 about the crucial role sport can play in creating inclusive societies. . With Paris 2024 on the horizon, now is the time to strengthen our support for NPCs to organize and implement sport development programs for a new generation of para-athletes.

Teonere Banda received support from an IPC grant through the Malawi Paralympic Committee. @Simon Bruty/OIS

NPCs will be able to apply for a grant between May 16 and June 5, 2022 and eligible activities must be implemented between August 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023. Funding will be available from August 1, 2022.

Full guidelines and instructions on how members can apply for a grant have been made available to all members via email and on the IPC extranet. A range of eligible activities are described in each area and expected Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are detailed.

NPCs are strongly encouraged to apply the IPC Diversity and Inclusion Policy and promote gender balance in their operations. The IPC reserves the right to determine the amount awarded to each NPC and will use NPC participation in the NPC Development Program since its inception until March 2022 as a benchmark for the award criteria.

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