The Active Aberdeen Partnership is committed to supporting talented athletes in Aberdeen to reach the world stage in their sport.

This fund aims to recognise individual sports performers in Aberdeen and encourage them to develop their full potential by providing funding to assist with the costs associated with competing at a high level.

Please read through the criteria below and contact a member of the team if you have any further questions.

Before you apply to the Active Aberdeen Partnership for funding, please note, you may be eligible for a grant from another funder. You should search for other sources of funding using the Funding Finder Tool, before applying to the Active Aberdeen Partnership.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are an individual Athlete who is:

  • Resident in Aberdeen
  • Competing for or representing a recognised sports club or organisation
  • Endorsed by your Sport’s Governing Body
  • Selected by your NGB to compete or train for Scotland or GB at senior or age group level
  • Identified by your NGB as having the potential to be selected to compete or train for Scotland or GB in the future at senior or age group level

What can you apply for?

You can apply for items such as:

  • Training and competing expenses not covered by your National Governing Body, Scottish Institute of Sport or Grampian Institute of Sport
  • Essential items of equipment required to compete or train
  • Support services approved but not covered by your National Governing Body, Scottish Institute of Sport or Grampian Institute of Sport such as Strength & Conditioning or Sports Psychology

(This is not an exhaustive list and may include other items)

What we will not fund?

  • Memberships and affiliation fees
  • Event entry fees
  • Costs associated with a coach
  • Food and drink costs

(This is not an exhaustive list and may include other items)

How much can I apply for?

A variable scale of funding is available depending on your performance level and sports category:

Sports Categories: 

Category A

Category A includes sports in the following groups:

  • Olympic/Paralympic summer and winter sports
  • Commonwealth Games sports
  • Scottish team sports competing with distinction on the International stage

Performance Levels for Category A Sports:

  • Level 1: athletes competing throughout the season for Scotland or Great Britain at the highest level of their sport - up to 75% of eligible costs or a maximum of £1,500
  • Level 2: athletes competing throughout the season for Scotland or Great Britain at age group level i.e. U15, U18 or U21 years - up to 50% of eligible costs or a maximum of £750
  • Level 3: adult and age group athletes who are a member of a national training squad with the potential to compete for Scotland or Great Britain next season or beyond - up to 25% of eligible costs or a maximum of £500

Category B

Category B includes non-mainstream or emerging sports whose activity and governing body is recognised by sportscotland. A maximum of £200 is available for Category B sports.

What supporting documents will I need to provide?

Please provide as many of the documents below as you can to support your request for grant funding:

  • A statement of support from your National Governing Body or National Coach confirming your level of performance
  • Details of your training and competition schedule
  • Evidence of other funding contributions
  • Copies of receipts related to your expenditure

How can I apply?

  • Read the grant guidelines and other information including the blank application form to help prepare your answers in advance
  • Gather all the supporting documents/evidence detailed above
  • You will be able to save and return to your application at a later date in order to complete
  • Answer all questions as best you can, giving as much detail as possible particularly regarding your costs

How will my application be assessed?

  • We will begin to assess your application once we have checked your eligibility and have received all your supporting documents
  • Your application will be reviewed to ensure it meets the Talented Athlete Grant funding criteria and contributes to the Strategy for an Active Aberdeen
  • The Sports Grants Theme Implementation Group will then make a recommendation to the Active Aberdeen Partnership on the level of grant award

If you are successful

  • You will be offered a grant (usually by email), confirming the purpose of the grant
  • You will receive a copy of the Terms and Conditions of your grant
  • Before we can pay your grant we will need you to formally accept the grant and provide us with your Bank details 
  • You will be required to report on the progress of your training and competition results and how your grant has supported your achievements

If you are unsuccessful

  • You will be informed of the outcome and provided with feedback on your application
  • Unless your application is not eligible for funding we will encourage you to reapply if you can make a stronger case for a grant 

If you would like the above guidance in a downloadable format please click here.

The Chris Anderson Fund

The Chris Anderson Fund was established in 1988 to honour the memory of the late Chris Anderson for the contribution and commitment he made to sport.

The Fund is administered by the Active Aberdeen Partnership, with the purpose to assist the development of talent in young people who live in the Grampian Region. The fund is aimed at youngsters aged 8 - 18 years. 

To download the Application form please click here

We are available to respond to any questions you may have by calling us on 01224 047922 during our normal office hours (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm) or email [email protected]