IBF Foundation will launch its “Let's Play 5!” grant scheme in October, the fifth phase of its programme. The goals of this project are to help new interested organisations in blind football to start developing the sport, and to assist organisations which have just started developing blind football.
In the four previous phases ofthis programme, which was first run in January 2021, balls and eye masks have been provided to 32, 9, 24, and 15 organisations respectively. We have also had many positive reports from the organisations that have received the equipment. Every time we read those reports, we believe that there are still many groups around the world that can be transformed by harnessing the value of blind football. (Click on this link to read the reports of previous Let’s Play! programmes).
IBF Foundation will donate balls,non-official eyemasks and IBSA-approved eyemasks to organisations whose proposals are accepted, at no cost of buying or shipping to them. Projects focusing on youth development (male and female, under 23) and women’s blind football are particularly welcome. In view of the objectives, organisations applying to the programme for the first time are given higher priority.
Through playing,visually impaired people can also connect with their peers and experience
personal growth. This means that the possibilities for the visually impaired are expanding. We are convinced this leads to the realisation of our organisation's vision.
The following types of organisations are eligible to participate in this call for project proposals:
• Blind footballteams/clubs.
• Schools for blindpeople.
• Organizations of andfor visually impaired people.
• National Blind Sports Federations (NFs).
• National Paralympic Committees (NPCs).
• National Football Associations.
• Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
The call for project proposals is open from October 3rd, 2022, until October 31st, 2022, at 9am (JST). During this period, the IBF Foundation team will be available to answer questions related to the grant and your application. Successful applicants will be informed no later than November 30th, 2022, at 9 am (JST) and the equipment will be purchased by December 31st, 2022.
If you are interested in applying, please check out the information page below.