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200 Million for Diversity and Inclusion in Sports and Physical Activity

April 24, 2022 | Lottery News

NORWAY (April 14, 2022) — All children and young people should be able to participate in sports and physical activity, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much their parents earn. Unfortunately, there are many who drop out, or who are never allowed to participate at all. We are now launching a new scheme with NOK 200 million that will contribute to increased participation for children and young people in sports and physical activity, says Minister of Culture and Gender Equality Anette Trettebergstuen.

85 per cent of young people who grow up in families with high socio-economic status have participated in youth sports, compared with 61 per cent of those who grow up in families with a correspondingly low status. Girls with a minority background and people with disabilities are other groups where participation in sports and physical activity can be challenging.

“This is about including those who need it most. It is about preventing exclusion. The fact that children and young people participate in sports is of great importance to the individual, but also to society. Sport is very important as a social arena for growing up, and for children and young people’s mental and physical health. Therefore, we must work purposefully to ensure diversity and inclusion, and then this new scheme will be important,” says Trettebergstuen.

Receives applications in May

In 2022 and 2023, organizations, teams and associations throughout Norway can apply for grants for diversity and inclusion measures through the new scheme. It is financed in collaboration between the state and the private contributors OBOS, Sparebankstiftelsen DNB and Stiftelsen VI.

See more information about the application process at the Norwegian Lotteries and Foundations Authority (lottstift.no)

The scheme is administered by the Norwegian Lotteries and Foundations Authority, and they are scheduled to receive applications from the beginning of May. The Authority makes final decisions on grants based on priorities from a recommendation committee, and they are also responsible for control and follow-up.

The target groups in the scheme

The following actors can receive grants in the new scheme:

units registered in the Volunteer Register

  • municipal leisure clubs / youth centers

The target groups in the scheme are:

  • Children and adolescents from 6 to 19 years in families with persistent low income.
  • Girls with a minority background from 6 to 19 years, as well as girls from 6 to 19 years in general in contexts where girls are underrepresented or experience special barriers.
  • People with disabilities. The target group is not age-restricted.
  • Current and future young leaders and coaches, up to 26 years old, who are girls / women, people with disabilities or people with a minority background.

Grants can be awarded for projects or one-off expenses, such as recruitment activities, facilitation or creation of new activities aimed at the target groups, purchase of equipment, coverage of participation costs and implementation of courses and skills development measures.

The setting selection

A recommendation committee shall submit a recommendation to the Authority on the distribution of individual grants.

The committee consists of six representatives. The private contributors OBOS, Sparebankstiftelsen DNB and Stiftelsen VI have each appointed one representative, while the Ministry of Culture and Gender Equality has appointed three representatives.

The committee consists of the following members:

Zaineb Al-Samarai – Norwegian Sports Confederation (leader)

Sebastian Henriksen – Norwegian Sports Confederation

Sissel Karlsen – Sparebankstiftelsen DNB

Siri Meland – Norwegian Outdoor Life

Knut Nystad – Stiftelsen VI

Rasmus Aarflot – OBOS

The scheme is financed in collaboration between the state and the private contributors. The state will contribute NOK 100 million, while the private actors will contribute a corresponding amount. In the state budget for 2022, NOK 26 million has been allocated to the scheme, and NOK 24 million has already been set aside from the gaming funds for sports purposes.

The subsidy scheme is one of the measures in the sports strategy Stronger back – A more inclusive sport

SOURCE: Press release from the Ministry of Culture and Gender Equality