Performance Funding Opportunities

It is sometimes necessary for athletes to need to source extra funding to assist with training or competition needs. The following organisations or bodies have funds or schemes which offer assistance.

Mary Peters Trust


The Mary Peters Trust provide young people with the tools for success. They offer the sporting talent of Northern Ireland an opportunity to excel and achieve great success. Our financial support provides young athletes with a launch pad for their sporting future, enabling them to compete on an international level with professional support.

Applications are now open for Mary Peters Trust funding in 2017! This is now done through an online application through

Currently there are no applications being accepted after this time.

Sport Northern Ireland


Sport Northern Ireland is a Lottery award distributor and also provides exchequer funding to a number of Sport Northern Ireland recognised governing bodies of sport.

Currently Sport Northern Ireland is closed for applications, from April 2017 they will invest in athlete development through its Sporting Clubs and Sporting Winners Investment Programmes.


The Sporting Winners objective aims to help more Northern Ireland athletes to win at the highest level. In achieving this objective, Sport Northern Ireland’s Corporate Plan proposes two Priorities for Action:

Priority for Action 5

We will prioritise those sports and athletes who have the potential to achieve success and excel at the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.

Priority for Action 6

We will work strategically with sports (including culturally significant sports) to invest high performance expertise where it is most needed to ensure success.

In light of the Sporting Winners objective it is intended that proposals for future investment in athlete development will prioritise those Olympic / Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports and athletes most likely to achieve success.  Where resources permit, consideration will also be given to the requirements of other sports and athletes, in particular focusing on those with the potential to win at the highest level.


GLL Sport Foundation


The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) is an athlete support programme in association with GLL, Belfast City Council and The Mary Peters Trust.

This programme complements and works in partnership with the existing athlete support framework that operates across Belfast to support athletes across the city to achieve their sporting goals.

The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) is the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK and has a positive track record in supporting athletes. In 2015, GSF supported 1,700 athletes across 105 sporting disciplines and with over 90% of award recipients receiving no other centralised funding support the programme is focussed on supporting athletes with the right support at the right time along their sporting journey.

Applications are now open through the GLL Sport Fooundation via for Mary Peters Trust funding in 2017! This is now done through an online application through

Athletes from across the UK can apply for support through the GLL Sport Foundation via the online portal,

Currently there are no applications being accepted after this time.

Local Councils

A number of local councils within Northern Ireland offer assisstance to athletes within their catchment area to assist with their training or competition needs. The following councils have run Elite Athlete Training Bursary Schemes or supported local athletes:

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Belfast City Council

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Mid Ulster District Council

The other Borough Council may also offer athlete assistance programmes. When enquiring with your local council it is best to contact the Sports Development Team and they will be able to best inform you of any application opening/closing dates.