Sport NI launch the Athlete Award Programme 2021-22, the programme will be open for applications from 25 01 2021. The Athlete Award programme investment aims to enable athletes to train in order to maximise their potential.


The Athlete Award Programme has a budget of £300,000, with three categories of annual awards: £1,500, £3,000 and £6,000. The award can be used to help an athlete with their essential personal living costs.


Recognised Governing Bodies should apply on behalf of athletes from Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports. In the 2021-22 programme there will be an additional focus on athletes who can deliver medals and top 8 finishes at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Sports may consider nominating athletes who are at a key transition stage in the sport, athletes on a recognised pathway who are not yet at the level to be funded by UK Sport or Sport Ireland, or identified athletes on the Performance Pathway who are at risk of exclusion due to their personal circumstances.


The deadline for applications is Friday 26 February, at 4pm. Please visit here for programme guidance notes and the nomination form. All queries and nominations should be sent to For any communications queries please email