Believe Talent Fund

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Inspiring healthy lifestyles manage the Believe Talent Fund in partnership with Wigan Council.



Updated 02/09/20


Due to Covid-19 the Believe Talent Fund has been suspended for applications until further notice. We will provide an update in due course.

Athletes currently funded remain on the scheme and can contact Inspiring healthy lifestyles should they require any support.


What's the Believe Talent Fund?

The Believe Talent Fund is for athletes living in Wigan borough who require financial assistance to participate in sport.

Grants of up to £500 are available for a 12 month period for athletes who reside in the Wigan Borough.

Funding can help with travel, accommodation, competition/training fees and equipment.

Emergency applications

Emergency funding is also available, for grants up to £200, for genuine emergencies or time-critical requests.

If there is a genuine need then you are welcome to apply any time for emergency applications.

Please state on the form if you are submitting an emergency application.

Am I eligible?

The Fund is open to those athletes who are deemed by their sport's national governing body to be of national standard, or have the potential to reach national standard within a year of submitting an application.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be aged between 11 and 24 (excluding early specialisation sports, and disabled athletes who can apply irrespective of age).
  • Be an athlete within a sport recognised by Sport England. Here's a list of recognised sports.
  • Reside in the Wigan borough* and require financial assistance to help you achieve your full potential.

How to apply

Applications open 3 months before the upcoming deadline. The application deadlines, for the Believe Talent Fund 2020/21 are:

  • Sunday 6th September 2020
  • Sunday 3rd January 2021

Applications for the Believe Talent Fund must be made online.

Click here to apply

Need more information?

For more details or assistance completing the application form please contact Adam Blezard, Inspiring healthy lifestyles' Participation lead:
01942 404995

* Applications may also be considered from athletes, that meet each of the above criteria, but that reside outside of the Wigan Borough where they are deemed to make an exceptional and direct contribution to grassroots sport within the Wigan borough. These athletes must train/be affiliated to a sports club within Wigan borough.