CNDS
National Centre for the Sport Developpement
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How does it work ?

The National Centre for the Development of Sport (CNDS) is working towards correcting the inequalities of access to sports, and the inequalities of access to sports equipment between regional areas.

Sports equipment and spaces designated for sports help to develop and improve the quality of sports practice, both competitive sports and sports for leisure. They also play a key role in the areas of education, insertion into the professional world, health, tourism, the local economy, the life of some regions, and general social cohesion.

Studies performed by the ministry in charge of sports, through their inventory of sports equipment, show significant inequality in how equipment is distributed between regions. It is therefore essential to encourage local authorities and those associated with sports, in cooperation with sports federations, to improve their efforts in the area of creating equipment to aim for more equality of opportunity in terms of access to the practice of sports, whilst also striving for urban development.

In terms of financing sports equipment, CNDS subsidises the construction of sports associations’ and local authorities’ sports equipment, including the considerable renovation required to make sports accessible to the handicapped. To be eligible, the equipment renovations must be for the purposes of increasing the capacities of these associations and sports centres which are subject to federal sports organisations.. Besides this, and in order to be able to support the development of sports practice for the handicapped, CNDS contributes to the funding of all types of sports equipment, and the acquisition of heavy materials (loading equipment or motorised vehicles accessible to people of reduced mobility…) that will last for at least 3 years.

Finally, CNDS guides emerging projects at the national level by supporting ambitious projects which are re-structuring the development of sport practice.

Which organisation ?


Those wishing to initiate a project (intercommunal structure, local authorities, municipalities and associations), are invited to address their request to their Regional Council for Sports, Youth and Social Cohesion (DRJSCS).

Regional government offices are responsible for guiding those interested in launching a project through the administrative process, and checking the eligibility conditions of projects, with respect to the new guidelines mentioned above.
In cooperation with representatives from the national sports organisation community and local authorities, the DRJSCSs are also in charge of selecting those projects to be examined by the Programming Committee, which, if selected, will then be reviewed by the board of CNDS, the institution’s deciding body.

Who can receive sports equipment subsidies ?


CNDS’ equipment subsidies are awarded to local, regional authorities, their collective organisations and state-recognised sports associations as well as to public interest associations and groups who are involved in physical and sports activities.

What are the conditions ?

To be eligible to receive subsidies for equipment, project initiators must :

    • respect the requirements set out in the board’s guidelines regarding equipment subsidies
    • be prepared to provide at least 20% of the project’s total cost
    • provide a long-term guarantee that the equipment will be used for the purposes of organised sports practice, by clearly explaining how it will be used for these purposes

The way the project will be realised and managed, such as whether project management will be directly managed or delegated, partnership contracts, public utility undertaking etc. is not relevant to the eligibility of an application. Only the sporting aspect of the project is considered, which must abide by the criteria set out by CNDS.

The decision to award subsidies is made by CNDS’ board of directors.

Each subsidy awarded by the board is subject to the decision and funding agreement.

All projects which have received funding agreement must be started within two years from the reception of the funding agreement, failing this, the funding agreement will be automatically voided. This period can be extended by a year through reasonable request by the project initiator.

Once started, the project must be completed within four years, at the end of four years, the project will be considered finished. This period can be extended by another four years following reasonable request by the project initiator.

The subsidy is paid once the project is completed, and the relative expenses paid by the beneficiary. If the beneficiary’s expenses are below those forecast in the subsidy agreement, the amount of the subsidy will be reduced accordingly.

However, an advance of 5% of the amount of the subsidy may be paid at the beginning of the project, relative to the amount of the subsidy. The amount of the advance may not be less than €2,000 for an association, and €10,000 for a regional authority. Following this, advance payments of up to 80% may be made relative to the project’s progress. Requests for advance payment must be for no less than €10,000.

For which projects ?


Projects funded in this way are primarily projects of construction and/or renovation of sports equipment, as long as the long-term on-going use of the equipment for the purposes of sport can be guaranteed (this includes equipment leading to the development of sports practice) as well as those making current equipment more accessible. Exceptionally, CNDS subsidies may be used to help with the acquisition of large equipment necessary for the practice of sports, such as boats and aircraft.

In order to be able to receive CNDS funding, projects must respect the guidelines set out by the board.

Dernière mise à jour le 13 novembre 2015
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