Exercise Grant Scheme
Background and Purpose of the Exercise Grant
In order to alleviate the financial burden on individuals and families with CF, and to encourage and facilitate PWCF to increase their physical fitness, CF Ireland initiated a pilot Exercise Grant Scheme in 2009. The purpose of this scheme was to provide financial assistance to PWCF for gym membership fees, purchasing home exercise equipment, fitness lessons etc. Due to the positive feedback received from the pilot scheme and the growing scientific evidence supporting physical fitness for PWCFs, CFI has continued to support this grant scheme and almost 1,300 grants have since been awarded to members.
"I have found this scheme to be of great practical benefit and exercise has undoubtedly had a positive impact on my health."
How much funding is available?
The maximum value of this grant is €300 for PWCF over 16 years of age, and €250 for PWCF under 16 years of age.
How do I apply?
An Exercise Grant Application form and a receipt or official quotation (to show what it is you have bought, or what it is you intend to buy) must be sent to the CFI National Office by the stated deadline.
What is the deadline for applications?
There are two rounds of the Exercise Grant each year, in January and September. Both rounds have closed for 2016. The next round will open in mid-January 2017.
The number of grants awarded for each call will be limited, and will depend on available funding within the Association.
Each Applicant can apply for this grant three times, but only once in any given calendar year. After three consecutive applications, there must then be a break of one calendar year before an Applicant can re-apply for a grant.
"I find this grant so helpful to motivate me...I've gotten into a much better mindset and have joined aqua classes in the gym. I love going and it keeps the physios in SVUH happy too!"
When will I find out if my application was successful?
We aim to issue successful applicants with the grant within 3 weeks. Should you wish to find out whether you have been successful in securing the grant before this period, please call us in the National Office, but please allow 1-2 weeks for processing due to the volume of applications received.
Where can you get more information about this call?
- Exercise Grant Scheme 2016, Round 2 - Application Form
- Exercise Grant Scheme 2016 – Policy and Guidelines
- Benefits of Physical Activity for PWCF and Testimonials from previous applicants
Need more convincing?
Watch this video from Ben Mudge (PWCF), Fitness Expert & Personal Trainer who talks about 'The Importance of Exercise in CF'.
Also, check out our Spotlight section, which features many stories of people with CF taking the bull by the horns and building up their strength and fitness.
Good Luck with your application!
For further information about this call, please contact:
Member Services Senior Co-ordinator
t: 01 496 2433