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  • Di CoatesDeanna (Di) Coates lives in Hampshire, shoots air rifle from a wheelchair, and is one of our most successful disabled international athletes. 
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  • scoutwithprosthesis1This young Scout was born without a left hand.  When he took an interest in shooting, which is very popular in the Scout movement, Hampshire Scouts helped his local club to find a solution. 
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  • stewartnangle1Stewart Nangle, a Lancastrian, is pictured shooting .22 pistol.  What the photograph does not show is that at the time one of his legs was fitted with a metal frame that was bolted into the bones. 
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  • MattSkelhon1Matt Skelhon shot to fame when he grabbed gold at the Bejiing Paralympic Games and proved it was no fluke by claiming silver and bronze at London 2012.

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  • peterbreheny1Peter Breheny from Derbyshire shoots benchrest rifle.  He has Kennedy's Disease, a progressive wasting condition that has weakened his limbs. 
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  • michaelwhapples1Michael Whapples from Leicestershire is blind and shoots air rifle.  In 2011 he was the first British shooter ever to compete at the Open European Shooting Championships for the Vision Impaired, held at Nitra, Slovakia. 

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  • vicmorris1Vic Morris lives in south Wales and is paralysed from the neck down as the result of an accident.  With the aid of an 'equaliser' device invented by his coach, John Kelman, Vic shoots pistol and rifle. 
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There is a huge amount of information on the internet about grant-giving bodies, and the DSP doesn’t have the resources to gather it all together and present it here, then keep it up to date.  We mention below some of the most useful bodies, and give links to some sites which do gather funding information for easy reference.  Our Funding News page is where we will be adding details of any funding bodies that are particularly relevant or helpful, when such information comes to hand.

Sport England small W

 
 
 
The organisation administers quite a range of Lottery-funded grant schemes, depending on the size and purpose of the grant required.  Information, guidance and application forms are all available on its website
 
Small Grants Scheme
This is the most accessible funding option for clubs and associations.   It offers grants of between £300 and £10,000.  The application process is quite straightforward.  Applications can be made at any time of the year, and they give you the answer within 6 weeks.  The funding then has to be spent within the next 12 months.

Note: We have heard of a club whose application for one of these grants was rejected, apparently on the grounds that membership was not "open to all" because of the Home Office requirement for membership applications to be counter-signed by an existing member of the club.  This topic was covered in a short article on page 20 of the Autumn 2005 issue of The Rifleman, when representations had been made by the NSRA on behalf of several clubs whose applications had been turned down.  The article concludes: "It has now been accepted at the Scheme's national office that compliance with this aspect of HO Approval should not be regarded as a reason for refusal.  It may take a short while for this information to filter down to all the regional offices, the level at which applications are considerd.  However, clubs that have had applications refused in the past may well benefit from dusting them off and having another go."

Inspired Facilities Fund
Grants of £25,000 to £150,000 to modernise or modify sports facilities.

 

OTHER BODIES
 
Cash 4 Clubs
This offers a simple scheme of small grants (£250 to £1,000) to sports clubs.  It has three funding rounds per annum, so decisions are made at pre-fixed times of the year.

  

FUNDING WEBSITES

Funding4Sport
They issue frequent e-mail bulletins listing the latest funding options.  Very useful. 
They also offer A Guide to Writing a Fund-raising Strategy.

Sports Coach UK
They have a downloadable guide which is stated to cover funding for coaching, but many of the funding bodies give grants for other aspects of sport as well, so it’s worth having a look at.
 
Disability Grants
This site contains information on grants available for many areas of life, including sport.  

Grant Net
This site has a database of 4,000 grant providers in the UK and EC.  For larger capital projects it is worth looking at the possibility of funding from Europe, as well as domestic sources. 

 

DOWNLOAD
A comprehensive list of funding bodies was prepared for the DSP in 2009.  Some of the information may be out of date, but much of it will still be useful, so we are making it available as a download.  We will up-date it as soon as time permits.  
 

REFERENCE BOOK
Try to get hold of a copy of The Directory of Grant Making Trusts, published by the Directory of Social Change.  It might be available from large libraries. 

Hot News!

DSP Videos

Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

Please Do Our Surveys!

survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£250,000 for Clubs!

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Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting. 

International Development

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Read about how we are hoping to expand the range of international competitions open to disabled shooters, and let us know if you can help.  

Helpful Stuff

Vision for Shooters

For most shooters, being able to see well enough to aim accurately is the key to our sport. Our Vision Section has lots of information to help all shooters who have vision problems, great or small.

Funding Guidance & Information

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Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting?  Check out the extensive Funding section on this site. 

Advice for Clubs

EFDS Inclusion Hub is a free on-line resource created by the English Federation of Disability Sport for clubs that wish to become more disabled-friendly and include more disabled people in their activities.
More information

Disability Awareness

For those encountering people who have various types of disabilities, we offer a round-up of some on-line advice and videos that may help to put everyone at their ease.