The International Blind Football Foundation is pleased to announce a new support scheme to provide equipment for new interested organizations.
“The International Blind Football Foundation Let´s Play! Grant Programme” aims to provide organizations involved in blind football or wishing to start practicing it with the equipment they need to play the sport. IBF Foundation will donate balls, non-official eyemasks and IBSA-approved eyemasks to organizations whose proposals are accepted, at no cost of buying and shipping to them. Projects focusing on youth development (male and female, under 23) and women’s blind football are particularly welcome.
IBF Foundation believes the number of people playing blind football is still relatively small, and one of the obstacles is that the supply of equipment is limited and not readily available. In addition, although the world is in a difficult situation due to the spread of coronavirus, we believe that sports should not be stopped. This is the same as in the past two grant programs.
Getting equipment and starting to play blind football is a gateway. 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, and we are convinced this leads to the realization of our organization's vision.
The following types of organisations are eligible to participate in this call for project proposals:
- Blind football teams/clubs;
- Schools for blind people;
- Organizations of and for visually impaired people;
- National Blind Sports Federations (NFs);
- National Paralympic Committees (NPCs);
- National Football Associations;
Key performance factors to be reviewed include previous experience with blind football, age and gender of the beneficiaries, the financial situation of the organization and expected results.
The call for project proposals is open from Monday January 25th, 2021 at 9 am (JST) until Monday February 15th, 2021 at 9 am (JST). Successful applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process no later than Tuesday February 23rd, 2021 at 9 am (JST). The equipment will be purchased by April 30th, 2021 and delivered as soon as possible thereafter.
About International Blind Football Foundation (IBF Foundation)
IBF Foundation was established on January 11, 2019, with the vision of "Blind Football Can Eliminate Disability". The foundation's aim is to improve the quality of life of the visually impaired around the world by making blind football a sport widely played internationally and contributing to the organizational strength of national sports organizations. Through blind football, the foundation works to solve the three elements of disability (impairment, activity limitation, and participation restriction) as defined in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health by the World Health Organization (WHO), by taking the following three approaches: (1) intermediate support activities, (2) cooperation with partners, and (3) acting as an independent business.