Yorkshire golf: YUGC funding available to help promote the sport

Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs' secretary Keith Dowswell (Picture: Chris Stratford).
Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs' secretary Keith Dowswell (Picture: Chris Stratford).
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YORKSHIRE Union of Golf Clubs have invited clubs throughout the county to apply for funding for projects that help support their goal of promoting the sport.

Secretary Keith Dowswell explained: "The purpose of this grant scheme is to provide seed funding to affiliated clubs in Yorkshire to support projects that contribute to the main aims of our plan:

"These are to get more people playing golf, to help Yorkshire golf clubs to gain more members, and to make clubs stronger."

Projects that might be appropriate for this funding include, for example, those that:

+ Encourage new golfers by delivering taster and follow-up sessions;

+ Increase awareness and promote initiatives within the club;

+ Improve opportunities and facilities for juniors;

+ Support club volunteers to receive training and accreditation;

+ Introduce innovative membership, recruitment and retention activities.

Dowswell continued: "Funding is not restricted to these specific areas; each application will be judged on its individual merits and contribution to the three main objectives: more players, more members, stronger clubs.

"Grants will be in the range of £250 to £500. Projects being funded should be timed to be completed within three months of the funding agreement.

"Fifty per cent of the funding will be paid once the application is approved and the balance paid once the feedback and monitoring form is completed. This will be a simple process to ensure the funding has been spent appropriately, monitor the outcomes and obtain receipts for expenditure.

"Any activity which involves contact with children or vulnerable adults must be conducted in accordance with an approved safeguarding policy, which all clubs should already have in place. A copy of the policy will be required with the application if the grant activity involves children or vulnerable adults."

Funding cannot be used for core activity and day-to-day running of a club, but YUGC will consider the expansion of current activity to increase impact.

Anyone with further questions should contact the YUGC secretary on 01924 383869 or by emailing him, secretary@yugc.co.uk.

Early application is encouraged and by May 31 if possible.