Athlete Funding

Financial support is crucial for athletes to compete and excel in their sport. There are currently a number of organisations that can fund athletes in Northern Ireland, please see below a few organisations that help athletes with financial support.

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Mary Peters Trust

The Mary Peters Trust is a charitable trust which has been set up to provide financial support to talented individuals who demonstrate potential to compete with credit at an International level or with distinction in British and Irish Championships.

Funding is available to junior athletes over the age of twelve, to help cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with your sport. 

Disability Sport NI's  allocated closing dates are usually in March and September of each year, with applicants being permitted to submit one application per year.

To find out if you are eligible for Mary Peters Trust funding please download the Criteria for the Award document by clicking here.

Applications are available from Disability Sport NI by contacting Elaine Reid, telephone:  028 9046 9925 textphone: 028 9046 3494 or email: 

To learn more about the Mary Peters Trust click here

Sport Northern Ireland’s Athlete Investment Programme

Sport Northern Ireland’s Athlete Investment Programme provides financial support for talented sports people to develop to their full potential. The investment helps cover costs in relation to an athlete’s training programme as they prepare for major competition. 

Individuals are not eligible to apply directly to the Athlete Investment Programme but submit applications through the relevant Governing Body of sport. Athletes with a disability are encouraged to apply through their mainstream Governing Body, however where this isn’t possible Disability Sport NI can submit an application on behalf of the athlete. 

All athletes must meet minimum performance standards set by their relevant Governing Body and approved by Sport NI, and demonstrate potential to progress in their chosen sport. To find out if your sport has agreed standards contact Disability Sport NI or your Governing Body directly.

It should also be noted that meeting the relevant sport performance standards does not guarantee an investment by Sport NI.

Funding for the athlete investment programme runs from April to March with only one closing date per year, usually in March. 

If you think you are eligible for funding or would like further information please contact Elaine Reid at Disability Sport NI telephone: 028 9046 9925 textphone: 028 9046 3494 or email:

Further information on the Athlete Investment Programme can be found on the Sport NI website 

Council Awards 

Athletes competing at a representative level may be eligible for support through their local council.  Although the level of support varies from council to council, many do strive to support their local athletes through direct athlete funding programmes or support schemes.