More subsidies and financial support to promote access to sport in the city

Barcelona Institute of Sports is to provide up to six million euros in subsidies and financial support for sport in 2022. The record figure will help ensure no family misses out on sport for financial reasons.

12/01/2022 14:34 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Sport and physical activity are essential tools for health, for transmitting positive values and for social cohesion. The Barcelona Institute of Sport (IBE) is increasing its funding for subsidies this year and has introduced changes in the thresholds set out in the grant call so that all families who need help can get it. All this, to make sport accessible for everybody.

The six million will cover two different programmes: one is for grants for extra-curricular sports activities, with 3.6 million in all, and the other is via the city’s general subsidy call for 2022, with a total of 2.4 million euros to cover the demand for subsidies from organisations and projects in the realm of sport.

More grants for extra-curricular sports

In terms of extra-curricular sport, the last call awarded 13,936 grants for the 2021-2022 school year, an increase of 50% compared to the previous year. The average grant per child also rises to 236,47 euros.

The grants are aimed at organisations running sport activities outside of regular school hours. This school year there are 308 authorised organisations, 285 of which get resources from grants requested by families.

The new thresholds have also enabled more families to benefit from the grants for extra-curricular sports activities. Compared to 2020, the volume of applicants getting the maximum amount (90%) has risen from 79% to 89%.

Subsidy application period still open

The general call for the city includes subsidies for sports organisations. These can apply for grants for projects they carry out in the natural calendar year or during the 2022-2023 sports season, providing the projects are programmes to foster sport in the city and included in the following categories:

  • City of Barcelona International Trophies
  • International sports competitions and sports events of public interest
  • Projects promoting physical activity and sport among specific groups
  • Projects or activities specifically promoting the participation of people with disabilities in physical activity or sport
  • Project or specific activities to promote health through physical activity or sport
  • Support for women’s federated sport at a national level
  • Projects to promote physical activity and participation in minority sports

The application period for the subsidy call is open until 27 January.


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