Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund

Sports and Recreational


Congratulations to all the successful Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund recipients. Successful applicants are now at stage 3 of the process. Please refer to the Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund Guidelines document for Terms & Conditions.


Cork Sports Partnership as part of the Sports Inclusion Programme is delighted to announce a Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund for 2021 in response to COVID-19!

The aim of the Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund is to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and ensure people with disabilities across Cork City and County can be active and access physical activity opportunities, while living with COVID-19. This funding was secured by Sport Ireland through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media in response to COVID-19. Successful applicants will link with Cork Sports Partnership and Cork SportsAbility Forum to activate their groups, reengage their participants and continue striving towards a culture of active and healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities in Cork. 


Following the Sport Ireland COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme, Cork Sports Partnership identified the lack of opportunity for community groups who support people with disabilities in sport and physical activity to apply for this fund. Cork Sports Partnership highlighted the need for funds to be made available to enable disability services, community / parent-led disability groups to return to activity. This request was granted through Sport Ireland.

Who can apply?

  • Target Groups: Disability Services | Community / Parent led Disability Support Groups | Disability Sports Clubs


  • Funding of up to €1,000 per group
  • Funding awarded through a competitive bid process.
  • Only groups that demonstrate in full a requirement for this support and can adhere to funding guidelines and criteria are eligible for the full amount. Groups should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support.
  • In the case of disability services, where applications are submitted on behalf of multiple sites, funding concessions will apply.

Training and Education:

  • Providing training and education opportunities for staff, volunteers and any personnel who assist the delivery of sport & physical activity in your facility.   
  • Examples include, but not limited to: 
    • Sports Inclusion & Disability Awareness Webinar
    • Autism in Sport Online Training
    • Safeguarding
    • Sports First Aid
    • Coaching Children & Physical Literacy
    • WellComm Active Initiatives i.e. Healthy Food Made Easy
    • or Any other training and education your group identify to support a local need.

Participation Opportunities in Sport & Physical Activity:

  • Providing sport and physical activity opportunities for your community.  
  • Examples include, but not limited to:  
    • Enhancing existing programmes / events that are working well for your community i.e. 8-week Physical Activity programmes, Couch to 5K, Yoga, Pilates,Activator Poles, Older Adults Sportsfest, Family Fun Days. Please outline in your application the programme name, duration and frequency of sessions.
    • Linking with local community agencies to provide physical activity programmes / events for your community.
    • Developing new community led programmes / events for your community i.e Couch 2 5ks, Step Challenges/Walking Programme, Yoga or Fitness programmes Please outline in your application the programme name, duration and frequency of sessions.

Equipment and Resource Provision:

  • Providing sport and physical activity equipment to assist delivery of programmes, and / or, COVID-19 Infection Control Measures to ensure safe return to delivery of activities.  
  • Examples include, but not limited to:  
    • Sport & Physical Activity Equipment i.e., cones, beanbags, balls etc.  
    • Resources needed to deliver sports and physical activity programme face to face.
    • Resources needed to deliver sports and physical activity training from your venue i.e., overhead projectors, screens etc. 
    • Covid-19 Hygiene Supplies i.e., sanitisers, face masks, signage etc.  

Communication & Marketing:

  • Providing opportunities to create marketing materials and signage to assist awareness of what is available and promoting all the above opportunities; training and education, participation programme, equipment provision etc. 

Examples include, but not limited to:  

  • Marketing materials i.e., posters, flyers, signage etc.  
  • Photographer/Videographer costs to capture coverage of your programmes / events.
  • Promotional videos and campaigns of your group’s programmes / events.
supporting documents:

Stage 1:

  • Complete the Funding Allocation Agreement Form HERE
  • Please ensure to have your Group Bank Details and a revised budget under the category headings ready. (Please note the bank account must be in the name of the group or organisation, personal bank account details will not be accepted.)
  • Deadline for 2021 Funding Allocation Agreements: Friday 14th May at 12pm. ​​

Stage 2:

  • Implement the actions intended as discussed in your application, based on your revised budget. (May – October 2021) 
  • Ensure to record evidence of actions taking place i.e. record number of participants, capture feedback, photographs, equipment purchases proof etc. on an ongoing basis, which can be used in the report. (May – October 2021) 

Stage 3:

  • All applicants are required to complete a report outlining the breakdown of expenditure, key outcomes and successes as a result of receiving this resilience fund.
  • To complete the Cork SportsAbility Resilence Fund Report Click here>>>
supporting documents:
timeline & Key Dates:
  • Delivery of actions identified and discussed in your application May – October 2021 
  • All applicants’ finances must be expended by Friday 26th November
  • Applicants to submit Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund Report before Friday 10th December


Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund Report Now Available

  • To complete the Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund Report: CLICK HERE
For more information on the Cork SportsAbility Resilience Fund, please contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, Kate Feeney on
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