Exercise Grant Scheme
The Exercise Grant Scheme for 2018 is now closed. Round 1 of the 2019 Exercise Grant Scheme will open in January.
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 do 20 minutes of exercise every morning on the bike. It helps me with my airway clearance and has definitely helped keep my lung function steady, even increasing my lung function."
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.
Please note that grants are processed on a first come, first serve basis until the funds are exhausted and the round may close earlier.
The deadline for Round 1 applications was Monday, February 19th. Round One of the Exercise Grant closed on Tuesday, January 30th when the budget was exhausted.
The deadline for Round 2 applications was Friday, September 28th. Round Two closed on Friday, September 21st when the budget was exhausted.
The number of grants awarded for each call will be limited, and will depend on available funding within the Association.
"Getting a grant for gym membership has really helped to motivate me to exercise more. My lung function is better now than ever and I’ve even made new friends in the gym."
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 2018 – Policy and Guidelines
- Benefits of Physical Activity for PWCF and Testimonials from previous applicants
Need more convincing?
Watch this video below to hear from the CF Community on the importance of exercise.
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