Frequently asked questions
Question 1: What can I ask for help with?
Answer: Kit, fencing or coaching equipment, coaching fees, training courses, accommodation, competition entry fees, travel expenses, accreditation.
Question 2: When can I apply for a grant?
Answer: At any time.
Question 3: How often can I apply?
Answer: You can apply as many times as you want to, but there will be a limit on how much you can be given in grants in any financial year.
Question 4: Who decides how much I get awarded?
Answer: The decisions about who receives a grant, and how much is awarded, rests with the Trustees who meet once a month.
Question 5: Do I have to spend the money on what I have listed on my application form?
Answer: Yes. Once you have made an application you will be contacted by an assessor who will discuss your application with you. You will be asked to provide evidence beforehand of any expenditure you are seeking help with, and after an event you will be expected to supply receipts.
Question 6: Can I change what I ask for help with?
Answer: Yes, but you must contact your assessor and inform the assessor of any change. You must also provide new evidence of the costs related to changed items or service.
Question 7: How is the payment made?
Answer: It depends on the applicant. If the applicant has a bank or building society account the payment will be made to the applicant by way of a cheque or a BACS payment. If the applicant does not have a bank account payment will be made to the shop, organisation or other third party providing the goods or services.
Question 8: How long will it take from submitting my application to receiving a grant?
Answer: This may vary, but as a general rule you can expect to receive a grant within 28 days of making an application.
Question 9: When and how will I be notified of the outcome of my application?
Answer: You will be contacted by your assessor after the Trustees’ meeting at which your application was discussed.
Question 10: How do I know I can trust the assessors to represent my case accurately at the Trustees Meeting?
Answer: The Assessors and Trustees all have many years experience of this kind of work. They have all been vetted and are enhanced DBS checked.