The International Athletes’ Forum in 2019 saw athlete representatives recommend the strengthening of financial support to Athletes’ Commissions (AC) of NOCs and other sporting organisations. As a result, from the beginning of 2020 the IOC made an annual grant of USD 10,000 available to each NOC AC to use for activities focused on supporting athletes.

Innovative uses of the grant are encouraged, and the first year of the Activity Grant being in place saw athletes learning from experts in virtual forums, supported at home with sporting equipment, and much more. For NOCs which do not already have an AC, this grant can be used to help set one up and put athletes’ voices right at the heart of sporting development.

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At the International Athletes’ Forum in April 2019, one of the nine recommendations submitted to the IOC by the 350 athlete representatives was “To strengthen direct financial support for NOC and Continental Associations Athlete Commissions”.

As a result, the Olympic Solidarity Commission went in search of a way to do this. The final result is the NOC Athletes’ Commission activity grant.

The purpose of the grant is to strengthen the influence of athletes in local contexts and across the Olympic Movement, ensuring that you remain a priority, and are able to have an impact on your NOCs, as well as global sport.

For NOCs which do not already have an AC, this grant can be used to establish one, allowing their athletes to begin new initiatives in their community.

For ACs that have already been established, these funds should be used for a number of different activities designed to support you and help your commission become stronger. These include, but are not limited to:  Athletes’ Commission capacity building events, organising a national athletes’ forum; promoting athlete career transition programmes; facilitating AC election processes and setting up athlete education workshops.

If you would like help with the content / presentations for any of these events our team is happy to help you. We have many resources for Athletes’ Commissions and we can help ensure you have the most up to date information for you and your athletes.

To be eligible for the grant, your NOC must either have an AC, or plan to establish one, and complete the application form.

The maximum annual grant available for each NOC is USD $10,000, and this was made available from January 2020.

After the grant has been confirmed, your NOC will have a responsibility to ensure that the promised activities are carried out and reported upon to ensure continued access to the funds provided.

To apply for the NOC Athletes’ Commission activity grant, download one of application forms below in English, French or Spanish. ACs should work together with the NOC to apply for the grant.

All applications should be submitted by the NOC through “Relay” – the Olympic Solidarity online platform.

What NOC ACs have to say
Crucially, the programme focuses on supporting ACs help athletes in many different spheres of life, whether that be inside or outside of sport.
In the two years that I’ve been a part of the AC, we’ve struggled financially and consequently haven’t been able to organise the events we’ve wanted to – so I was really delighted to hear about the grant.
The grant has served as a great tool to us and to our athletes. It’s served as an educational tool and has motivated our athletes to start using their voice.
Our athletes declared that the programme [funded by the Activity Grant] was filled with hugely necessary information in supporting their careers.