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National Centre for the Sport Developpement
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How does it work ?

Subsidies awarded at the local level (non-central regions) are for the purposes of helping to develop the practice of sport for everyone across all regions and of all ages. The aim is to support the projects of local sports associations that are linked to state-recognised sports federations (clubs, county councils and regional leagues), regional olympic and sports committees (CROS), county olympic and sports committees (CDOS) corporate groups funding state-recognised sports associations, associations supporting resource and information centres for volunteers (CRIB), amongst others.

The general objective is to reduce inequality of access to the practice of sports through close collaboration with local authorities and by supporting the sports organisation community’s building of awareness of the needs of the population.

As such, CNDS’ national directives prioritise the support for projects which develop sport, and in particular for the most fragile members of society and deprived regions.

How is it organised ?


CNDS’ board of directors adopts, as part of the framework of the general guidelines set out by the minister in charge of sports, the directives concerning regional allocations (non-central funding).

The allocation of subsidies across all regions requires close collaboration organised by local authorities composed of representatives of the government, the sports organisation community and local organisations.

At the regional level, the prefect is CNDS’ local delegate. The prefect is aided by a vice-delegate, appointed by the Managing Director of CNDS. This vice-delegate is generally the regional director in charge of youth, sports and social cohesion. Special guidelines apply to Corsica and off-shore regions and territories, due to their particular characteristics.

The de-centralised government departments in charge of sports receive and review the applications for subsidisation of sports associations. These applications are then reviewed by regional authorities, who issue an opinion.

The regional authorities, co-presided over by the regional delegate and the President of CROS, in cooperation with CNDS’ directives :

    • define CNDS’ regional priorities (according to national guidelines)
    • adopt their internal regulations (where their modes of collection and examination of applications for subsidisation are defined)
    • issue an opinion on the criteria of allocation and distribution of funds, the amount of which is communicated to the regional delegate by CNDS’ Managing Director. These criteria take particular note of the demographic, sporting, geographical and social characteristics of the regions in question.
    • issue a decision on the distribution of subsidies for the regional delegate.

Following the regional authorities’s decision, CNDS’ regional delegates decide the amount of the subsidies distributed, then put through the order for payment.

Who can apply for subsidisation ?


The organisations who may submit an application for subsidisation to CNDS’ non-central regions are :

    • sports clubs and associations, recognised by the prefect of the county where its head office is situated : associations connected to sports federations or sports groups, school and university associations - on condition that the projects proposed are not scheduled during official teaching hours, associations which organise regional cultural sports
    • regional leagues and councils and county councils of sports federations
    • regional olympic and sports councils (CROS), county olympic and sports councils (CDOS) and regional olympic and sports councils (CTOS)
    • legally organised corporate groups providing support for state-recognised associations
    • associations supporting resource and information centres for volunteers (CRIB), such as Profession Sport associations
    • local associations active in the area of health and associations supporting sports medicine centres
    • public health institutions with a state-recognised anti-doping section (exclusively for these sections)

Which projects can be subsidised ?


CNDS gives priority to subsidy applications submitted as part of a development plan or a club project that takes into account, as much as possible, the sporting, educational, social and economic aspects of the discipline, and of the region concerned.

Who is given priority, and which regions ?

    • Residents of neighbourhoods considered to be new priority areas (QPV)
    • Handicapped individuals
    • Populations in vulnerable rural zones
    • Women and girls - the practice of women’s sports will be encouraged in all sports, particularly in disadvantaged areas
    • The elderly - with the objective of promoting physical and sports activity as important aspects of health

What sort of support ?


Support for the professionalisation of the participants in the sports organisation community :

    • direct support for jobs in sport
    • support for apprenticeships
    • direct support for training - sports education involving volunteer corporate leaders, referees and sports judges, teachers, trainers and coaches

Support for projects to develop leagues, councils, CROS, CDOS, CTOS :

    • aid for projects boosting the network and supporting clubs, pooling resources, coordinating activities, launching new organisations in other regions for different disciplines
    • aid to help realise a development project : financial support for sports activity (middle- to advanced-level sports courses, competition organisation,…), support to increase access to high-level sports (head-hunting, sports training camps, access to a career in sports excellence…),
    • support in promoting sport and local sporting events, and financial support for transport of athletes and their management (regional and county-wide youth heats)

Aid for projects to develop a club

    • support for sports activities (sports schools, minor equipment acquisition, mid- to high-level sports camps, competition organisation,…)
    • aid to increase club membership (initiatives to attract new members)
    • financial support to promote sport and sporting events (awareness days, locally organised international sporting events, efforts to promote and support major international sporting events organised in France,…)

aid for the promotion of health, the protection of those who practice sport, and anti-doping

financial aid for the operation of Resource and Information Centres for Volunteers (CRIB)

It is also worth mentioning the aid linked to specific annual programmes for 2015 :

    • support for clubs committed to regional education programmes (PEDT)
    • the acquisition of materials (excluding redeemable goods) for sports practice by the handicapped
    • activities that are part of the campaign ‘Learn to swim’, launched several years ago by the french swimming federation and the Inter-Federal Council of Aquatic Sports
    • projects organised as part of the ‘Feel Sport’ campaign.

How much do subsidies amount to ?


The financial aid threshold per beneficiary per accounting year is €1,500. This is lowered to €1,000 for organisations whose head office is in a Rural Revitalisation Zone (ZRR).

Dernière mise à jour le 3 novembre 2015
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