Launched in January 2020, the Olympic Solidarity NOC AC Activity Grant supports NOC ACs in funding projects that support their athletes.
Athlete representatives from the NOC ACs of Uruguay, Barbados and Cameroon explain how they are using the grant creatively.
Every NOC AC can benefit from the USD 10,000 grant – applications must be submitted by the NOC to Olympic Solidarity.
In January 2020, the Olympic Solidarity NOC AC Activity Grant was launched, giving NOC ACs the opportunity to benefit from an annual USD 10,000 grant to support their athletes. Applications should be submitted from the NOC to Olympic Solidarity, with the AC working together with their NOC.
Between 6 and 8 July, the IOC Athletes’ Department and Olympic Solidarity jointly delivered workshops in English, French and Spanish to NOC AC members, explaining how NOC ACs can apply for the grant and providing case studies of activities for which the funds could be used.
The workshops also featured breakout rooms, where ACs discussed with each other their goals and how they planned to use the Activity Grant. An overview of the Olympic Solidarity application process was provided, and the workshops finished with a Q&A with participants.
The Activity Grant really helped make our AC more active and inspired us to hold activities for our athletes.
Examples of how NOC ACs can use the NOC AC Activity Grant:
- Athletes’ Forum: Hold an event to bring together a large number of athletes, and update them on a number of topics, such as the role of the AC and Athlete365 programmes
- Workshops: Hold a workshop on different subjects, such as anti-doping, sports nutrition, mental health or the prevention of competition manipulation
- Athlete engagement: This could be in person at a sports competition with an AC stand/booth, or a digital engagement campaign – it is important to engage with the athletes and find ways to collect their feedback
- AC election: The funds can be put towards the costs associated with the election of new AC members
- Other: Get creative! As long as your project is athlete-centric and supports the athletes in your country, think outside the box and include your idea in your application
Upskilling athletes in Uruguay
Rodolfo Collazo and Ines Remersaro from the Uruguay NOC AC discussed how they had applied for the NOC AC Activity Grant every year since 2020. In that time, the AC have delivered many projects to benefit their athletes, including Athletes’ Forums and English classes.
“The Activity Grant really helped make our AC more active and inspired us to hold activities for our athletes. We have applied three years in a row, and the funding is so important to our AC,” said Rodolfo, the AC Chair.
I think there are many creative ways to use the Activity Grant, and we’ll continue utilizing it to benefit our athletes in future years
Creating a hub for athletes in Barbados
In addition to holding an Athletes’ Forum of their own, Martyn Forde and Anicia Wood of Barbados’ AC created a new website for athletes with AC info and resources. This website provides a lot of great content and resources to athletes in Barbados, includes a discussion board where knowledge can be shared and also gives athletes a direct way to contact their AC.
“The new website is a great way to help our athletes and put all the information they need in one place. I think there are many creative ways to use the Activity Grant, and we’ll continue utilizing it to benefit our athletes in future years,” said Anicia, the AC Chair.
Giving athletes a voice in Cameroon
The Activity Grant can also be used to create an NOC AC in your country, if one does not already exist. In Cameroon, Victoire Pauline and Marcel Richard successfully applied for the grant in 2021 and used the funding to create Cameroon’s first NOC AC.
Your NOC AC can benefit from the yearly USD 10,000 grant, too. Reach out to your AC to discuss the application process together.