Sport
 

Please note that programme details for the 2021-2027 framework are forthcoming and the information below relates to programmes from the 2014-2020 framework; however, there may currently be open funding calls for this programme.

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Due to the diversity of organisational goals and areas of intervention within the sport sector, grant support is available under a wide range of EU programmes.

EU funding programmes relevant for sport

Creative Europe


Creative Europe is the EU's programme for support to the cultural and creative sectors. It aims to help these sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation.

Why is it relevant for the sport sector?

The most potential for sport-related projects will be in the Culture subprogramme which focusses on cross-border circulation, participation and social inclusion, growth and jobs, arts education, international outreach and diplomacy.

Example of a funded project

EX[S]PORTS is a cooperation activities programme dedicated to building bridges between arts and sports sectors with aims to deliver innovation in audiences development, capacity building and economic strengthening.

Want to find out more?

You can read more on the Irish Creative Europe website and contact the national Creative Europe Desk.




Erasmus+


Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for education, training, youth and sport. It provides funding and support to encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Why is it relevant for the sport sector? Erasmus+ includes sport among its key topics. Actions in the field of sport are designed to promote participation in sport, physical activity, and voluntary activities. They are also designed to tackle threats to the integrity of sport, promote dual careers for athletes, improve good governance, and foster tolerance and social inclusion, as well as contribute to the implementation of the European Week of Sport. Examples of funded projects The Ethics4Sport project investigates and promotes ethics and perceptions of fairness in grassroots sport. ASPIRE was an international collaborative project that sought to find out how to best support migrants and refugees, building on the wide popularity of sports and other forms of physical activity. Want to find out more? See the website for the Sport Chapter in the Erasmus+ programme or contact Léargas, the National Agency in Ireland for the programme. Léargas have produced this very handy guide to getting started with Erasmus+.




COSME


COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs.

Why is it relevant for the sport sector?

COSME aims to facilitate SME access to finance, create supportive environments for business creation, help small businesses operate outside their home countries and improve their access to markets. In the past years, there have been different calls for proposals related to the sports sector, e.g. supporting international cluster building, sports related tourism and youth entrepreneurship.

Example of a funded project

WILD SEA EUROPE is a Tourism Route connecting European coastal destinations that host a rich marine biodiversity. It promotes unique places where visitors can experience and learn about marine wildlife, while engaging in water sports & outdoors activities.

Want to find out more?

For more information visit the COSME website.




Horizon Europe


Horizon Europe is the EU's research and innovation framework programme running from 2021-2027.

Why is it relevant for the sport sector?

There are significant opportunities for the sport sector to partner with researchers and industry to tackle societal challenges. There may be potential for sport-related projects within each of the 3 programme pillars:

  1. Excellent Science
  2. Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness (including Health and Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Societies)
  3. Innovative Europe
A popular fund for civil society is the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions which enables organisations to partner with universities to host fully-funded researchers to conduct research in their area.

Example of a funded project

Green Bubbles is a project dedicated to recreational SCUBA diving. Green Bubbles will maximise the benefits associated with diving while minimising its negative impacts, thus achieving the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the system.

Want to find out more?

The first work programmes are expected to be published by April 2021, usually followed by the first open calls. Visit the Horizon Europe website to learn more about the new programme. You can also visit the Irish Horizon 2020 website, Horizon Europe's predecessor programme for the 2014-2020 funding period.




PEACE PLUS


PEACE PLUS is a new EU cross-border programme that will will fund activities that promote peace and reconciliation and contribute to the cross-border economic and territorial development of Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. It will build on the success of the 2014-2020 Peace IV programme.

Why is it relevant for the sport sector?

There may be potential for sport-related projects within each of the 6 programme themes which are:

  • Theme 1: Building Peaceful and Thriving Communities

  • Theme 2: Delivering Economic Regeneration and Transformation

  • Theme 3: Empowering and Investing in Young People

  • Theme 4: Healthy and Inclusive Communities

  • Theme 5: Supporting a Sustainable Future

  • Theme 6: Building & Embedding Partnership and Collaboration

Example of a funded project

The Irish Football Association, Ulster GAA and Ulster Rugby worked together in the collaboration project Sport Uniting Communities, funded under EU PEACE IV. The project hopes to reach 17,000 people of differing backgrounds, particularly across the political divide, with the aim of changing perceptions and building sustained relationships.

Want to find out more?

Visit the PEACE PLUS website for more information.




ESF+


The European Social Fund (ESF+) is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people overcome poverty, and enhancing social inclusion.

Why is it relevant for the sport sector?

There may be potential for sport-related projects within the new Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) strand of ESF+, which will directly support social innovation, social entrepreneurship and cross border labour mobility.

Examples of already funded projects

Check out this list of successful projects funded under the ESF's 2019 Gender Equality call for proposals.

Want to find out more?

Visit the ESF+ website. More info is also available on the EU Funds Ireland website.




CERV - Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values


The EU's CERV (Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values) programme aims at protecting rights and values enshrined in the EU treaties in order to sustain open, democratic and inclusive societies.

Why is it relevant for the sport sector?

The programme is based on 4 strands which could be all relevant to the sport sector:

1. Equality, Rights and Gender Equality - promote rights, non-discrimination, equality, including gender equality, and advance gender and non-discrimination mainstreaming;

2. Citizens’ engagement and participation - promote citizens engagement and participation in the democratic life of the Union and exchanges between citizens of different Member States and to raise awareness of the common European history;

3. Daphne - fight violence, including gender-based violence;

4. Union values - protect and promote Union values.

Example of a funded project

The project Sport respects your rights, funded under the Daphne strand of the former REC programme, was a transnational project developed to fight abuse and gender-based violence in the youth sport sector.

Want to find out more?

For now, a provisional agreement has been reached. The Work Programme is in the last stages of preparation and it is envisaged that the calls will be published in early spring.





 

Current Funding

Erasmus+: #BeInclusive Breaking Barriers Sport Award


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport and the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of sport organisations working with refugees, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and with youth and other groups with fewer opportunities. This call rewards projects that show resilience, giving examples of how to overcome obstacles to participation. Deadline: 21 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Overview The new Erasmus+ programme integrates diversity and inclusion as a horizontal priority and a dedicated framework of inclusion measures will be developed. Moreover, combating violence, racism, discrimination and intolerance remains a specific priority in sport. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards emphasizes exemplary initiatives from the sport field as part of the implementation of the new Erasmus+ framework of inclusion measures, and fosters the links between sport and other sectors. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards 2021 aim to reward the best projects that have successfully supported social inclusion through sport. Projects can include disadvantaged, marginalized or underprivileged groups such as individuals with difficult social, economic or educational backgrounds, people with a disability, health problems, or cultural differences such as migrants, refugees, people belonging to ethnic minorities or suffering geographical barriers, etc. Besides rewarding specific organisations, the award of prizes will also give visibility and support the dissemination of innovative ideas, initiatives and best practices throughout Europe. Activities that can be funded The #BeInclusive Breaking Barriers Sport Award will reward projects that show resilience, giving examples of how to overcome obstacles to participation. Activities must comply with the highest ethical standards and the applicable EU, international and national law on ethical principles. Moreover, they must respect basic EU values (such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of minorities). Eligibility This competition is open to any organisation or public authority (individuals are not eligible) which has successfully developed a sport project aimed at social inclusion, carried out in the EU Member States or third countries associated to the programme. The projects will not necessarily be transnational projects nor will necessarily be EU-supported. Funding The winner and the finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will be awarded to inspire other organisations and individuals around Europe. They will all be announced and showcased at the award ceremony and will receive their prizes. The winner will receive EUR 10 000 and the two finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will receive EUR 2 500 each. The prize money will be paid to the prize winners after the award ceremony, provided all the requested documents have been submitted. In case of a group of winners, the payment will be made to the lead applicant. Application Details Full application details and application link:   #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards Rules of Contest Application Link




Erasmus+: #BeInclusive Celebrating Diversity Sport Award


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport and the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of sport organisations working with refugees, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and with youth and other groups with fewer opportunities. This call rewards projects that show tolerance, giving positive examples of different people and groups working together or emphasizing the benefits of understanding each other. Deadline: 21 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Overview The new Erasmus+ programme integrates diversity and inclusion as a horizontal priority and a dedicated framework of inclusion measures will be developed. Moreover, combating violence, racism, discrimination and intolerance remains a specific priority in sport. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards emphasizes exemplary initiatives from the sport field as part of the implementation of the new Erasmus+ framework of inclusion measures, and fosters the links between sport and other sectors. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards 2021 aim to reward the best projects that have successfully supported social inclusion through sport. Projects can include disadvantaged, marginalized or underprivileged groups such as individuals with difficult social, economic or educational backgrounds, people with a disability, health problems, or cultural differences such as migrants, refugees, people belonging to ethnic minorities or suffering geographical barriers, etc. Besides rewarding specific organisations, the award of prizes will also give visibility and support the dissemination of innovative ideas, initiatives and best practices throughout Europe. Activities that can be funded The #BeInclusive Celebrating Diversity Sport Award rewards projects that show tolerance, giving positive examples of different people and groups working together or emphasizing the benefits of understanding each other. Activities must comply with the highest ethical standards and the applicable EU, international and national law on ethical principles. Moreover, they must respect basic EU values (such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of minorities). Eligibility This competition is open to any organisation or public authority (individuals are not eligible) which has successfully developed a sport project aimed at social inclusion, carried out in the EU Member States or third countries associated to the programme. The projects will not necessarily be transnational projects nor will necessarily be EU-supported. Funding The winner and the finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will be awarded to inspire other organisations and individuals around Europe. They will all be announced and showcased at the award ceremony and will receive their prizes. The winner will receive EUR 10 000 and the two finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will receive EUR 2 500 each. The prize money will be paid to the prize winners after the award ceremony, provided all the requested documents have been submitted. In case of a group of winners, the payment will be made to the lead applicant. Application Details Full application details and application link:   #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards Rules of Contest Application Link




Erasmus+: #BeInclusive Inspiring Change Sport Award


Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport and the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of sport organisations working with refugees, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and with youth and other groups with fewer opportunities. This call rewards projects that show inspiration, giving positive examples of empowerment and role models from groups with fewer opportunities that step up and lead change. Deadline: 21 October 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Overview The new Erasmus+ programme integrates diversity and inclusion as a horizontal priority and a dedicated framework of inclusion measures will be developed. Moreover, combating violence, racism, discrimination and intolerance remains a specific priority in sport. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards emphasizes exemplary initiatives from the sport field as part of the implementation of the new Erasmus+ framework of inclusion measures, and fosters the links between sport and other sectors. The #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards 2021 aim to reward the best projects that have successfully supported social inclusion through sport. Projects can include disadvantaged, marginalized or underprivileged groups such as individuals with difficult social, economic or educational backgrounds, people with a disability, health problems, or cultural differences such as migrants, refugees, people belonging to ethnic minorities or suffering geographical barriers, etc. Besides rewarding specific organisations, the award of prizes will also give visibility and support the dissemination of innovative ideas, initiatives and best practices throughout Europe. Activities that can be funded The #BeInclusive Inspiring Change Sport Award will reward projects that show inspiration, giving positive examples of empowerment and role models from groups with fewer opportunities that step up and lead change. Activities must comply with the highest ethical standards and the applicable EU, international and national law on ethical principles. Moreover, they must respect basic EU values (such as respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of minorities). Eligibility This competition is open to any organisation or public authority (individuals are not eligible) which has successfully developed a sport project aimed at social inclusion, carried out in the EU Member States or third countries associated to the programme. The projects will not necessarily be transnational projects nor will necessarily be EU-supported. Funding The winner and the finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will be awarded to inspire other organisations and individuals around Europe. They will all be announced and showcased at the award ceremony and will receive their prizes. The winner will receive EUR 10 000 and the two finalists (ranked 2nd and 3rd) will receive EUR 2 500 each. The prize money will be paid to the prize winners after the award ceremony, provided all the requested documents have been submitted. In case of a group of winners, the payment will be made to the lead applicant. Application Details Full application details and application link:   #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards Rules of Contest Application Link