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TRAIL RUNNING ASSOCIATION: GRANTS FOR PROMOTION OF TRAIL RUNNING


TRAIL RUNNING ASSOCIATION GRANTS FOR THE PROMOTION OF TRAIL RUNNING 2017
At the TRA Committee Meeting last month, it was decided to continue the TRA grant scheme in 2017.  The overall limit on grants next year will be £10,000, the same as this year.  The limit on individual grants will also be maintained at £750.  These limits will apply to trail running events taking place in 2017 for which grant applications are received by 31st December 2017.
 
The TRA grants initiative started in 2013 and sums in excess of £7,400 have been paid out to support trail events since then.
Race Organisers are invited to write articles for publication in Trailrunner.  These should be submitted to Kathy Tytler, Trailrunner’s Editor.  Reports on the event benefitting from the grant would be welcome.  The TRA is entitled to publish information about grants awarded.  The point of this is both to attract more entries to the events and to publicize the availability of grants. 
Grants will normally be for the purchase of equipment that will enable the promoter to hold the event in successive years.  However, the TRA Grants Committee is not restricted to grants of that nature.  The grants would always be for a specific item of expenditure rather than for general expenditure.  They would normally be paid to the club or other organisation promoting the event rather than to any individual.
 
The 2017 grants are subject to two conditions; these are that the event should have received a permit from the TRA and that it should take place in 2017.  It is not a condition that the Race Organiser should be a member of the TRA, although that might be a factor taken into account by the TRA Committee when considering whether or not to award a grant. 
 
The decision of the TRA on any grant application will be final.  The TRA will not be obliged to enter into any correspondence or discussion about the reasons for its decisions on grant applications.
 
When a permit application is approved, an email is sent to the applicant which includes an invitation to apply for a TRA Grant. and a link to an online form. Applications should identify the promoting organisation, the event (including the name and date), the TRA permit number and supply the cost and description of the item to be purchased.  When a grant is approved, payment is made upon sight of the receipted invoice.  The applicant should also supply the contact details of the person to whom the TRA should apply for any supplemental information they might need before making a decision.
 
The following are not conditions of a grant being made but the TRA would expect grant recipients to do the following:
1.  Consent to the event for which the grant is awarded being included in the TRA Race Diary and to provide all necessary information about the event to the TRA for that purpose.
2.  Co-operate in the setting up of a link between the event website and the TRA website.
3.  Acknowledge the grant on the event website and display as part of that announcement the TRA logo.