February 12th 2018: IMPORTANT& URGENT ATTENTION
To all: FIJI NATIONAL SPORTS ORGANISATIONS (NSO’S)
Re: 1 AUGUST 2018 – 31 JULY 2019 – SPORTS GRANTS FOR NSO’S
The Commission is required to advise Government of the funding requirements of NSO’s by 5TH March 2018 and we now require full details, and requests, from those“eligible sporting organisations” by 28 February 2018.
Further to the discussions held at the last NSO Conference we are keen on receiving not only your requests for the next fiscal year being to 31 July 2019, but as importantly, those major requests that you are now aware of over the following four years. This principally relates to Hosting of International events or for Overseas tours where you are required to attend world qualifying and ranking events.
Current Grants available to “eligible NSO’s” are:
Form 201: Short Term Expert – Local Development Officer: To assist funding of local development officers.
Form 202: Short Term International Expert Grant: To assist in acquiring overseas experts on short term basis.
Form SG301 : Overseas Sports Tours: To assist to send athletes or teams overseas for international competition. ONLY available for Ranking or qualifying tournaments of your sports national team or athlete..
Form SG302 : Host International Tournaments: To assist in hosting of international events which have overseas participants.
Form401: Sports Scholarship Grants: To assist in sending elite athletes, and technical officials overseas for high level training on a short term basis.
Form 501: International Coaches Grant: To assist in appointment of international coaches for development of National teams and athletes.
To Be Considered for grants:
- An NSO to be considered for any grant funding, must be first certified by the Commission as an “eligible NSO” and,
- Be able to certify that it can provide a major portion of all budgeted expenditure as generally due to the large number of requests received the NSO should budget for up to 2 thirds of the cost.
- Have clearly demonstrated that it is transparent, accountable and practises good sports governance principals.
- Individual grant request templates (available on FNSC website) must be fully completed for each particular request and be delivered with all required documentation to Commission office by 28 February 2018. Templates attached.
- Grants must include full budgets (income & Expenditure), details of event and invitation, details of benefits for sport and the benefits (detailed) to the Fiji economy.
Eligible Sports Organisations:
To be certified as an “eligible NSO” an organisation must have shown that:
– it practises good sports governance,
– it has 4 year development plans (not just for the sport but also for the funding of the Sport) and
– it shows accountability to its athletes, members and the sport.
Preference for funding assistance will be given to “eligible NSO’s” who are working with the Sports Commission and/or the community in the development of their sport and contributing to the physical wellbeing of Fijians through recreational sports development.
JUSTIFICATION FOR GRANT REQUEST
We must now provide Justification for any grant request by submitting the outcomes and impact of previous year grants. Please ensure this section of new grant forms is completed fully and show any change in international ranking for your sport.
I cannot stress the urgency in all NSO’s complying with our timelines to ensure they will be considered for assistance in next fiscal year from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact myself or Sera at our office.
2015 Grant Expenses
SPORTS GRANT GUIDELINES
“The FNSC is tasked to make grants and provide scholarships or like benefits for sporting activities and related purposes.”
Short Term Expert Grant
Grants are allocated to assist National Sporting Organizations [NSOs] to acquire overseas experts on a short term basis to assist local athletes, coaches, referees, administrators and national teams in the development and growth of their sport.
Grants are allocated to assist NSOs provide local development officers who have either been trained locally or overseas and accredited, and conduct local development programs. These funds are disbursed quarterly.
Sports Scholarship Grant
Grants are allocated to assist the NSOs to send their elite athletes for high level training and coaching. Referees, umpires and administrators’ overseas training attachment are also catered for from this allocation but only on a short term basis.
Hosting of International Tournaments
Grants are allocated to assist the NSOs in the preparation of International Sports competitions that they are hosting in Fiji. This can also include local tournaments which include overseas players and benefit the nation.
Overseas Sports Tours
Grants are allocated to assist the NSOs to send their individual athletes or teams overseas to compete at tournaments and competitions.
This assistance is only available to national teams or athletes who are to participate in a World Ranking and/or Qualifying Tournament or Championship.
Special One-Off Grants
These are special Government allocations provided through the Commission
Requests for sports funding are considered for One Off Games like the Olympics, World Cup, Pacific Games, Pacific Mini Games, Commonwealth Games and World Youth Games.
Requests need the formulation of a Cabinet Paper for Cabinet approval. The request must be in detail and include all budgetary items and the purposes behind the request for funding.
International Coaches Grant
This Grant is allocated for the provision and full funding of an International coach to an NSO for the development and training of the sports national team.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION & PROCEDURES
For any Sports Grant to be considered an application on the prescribed form with supporting documentation, MUST first be received by the Commission from the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) recognised as representing that particular sport.
Grants for any one year must be received by the middle of the previous year as the available funding is subject to normal Government budget processes.
Grants will only be considered as long as the NSO applying has been accepted by the Commission as being an eligible organisation.
All eligible grants are accorded due process and presented to the Grants Committee of the Commission to recommend to the Board for approval subject to available funds.
ELIGIBLE SPORTING ORGANISATIONS
An eligible organisations is the NSO who has been recognised as representing their particular sport in Fiji and has provided the Commission with the following:
- Full acquittals and reports on all previous grants received
- NSO Constitution
iii. Current Annual Accounts – Audited
- Tax (T.I.N.) Identification Letter
- List of Current Executives and their term of office.
- Current Development Plan
vii. Strategic Plan
viii. Current International Ranking of Sport