The Primary Club is a UK charity which supports sport and recreation for the blind and visually impaired (VI).
It's origin and heart lies in cricket and it is the m,ain provider of funding for the UK's growing network of VI cricket clubs.
It also supports a wide range of other VI sports including futsal, goalball, golf, skiing, swimming, tandem cycling and Braille chess.
In 2022/23, the Primary Club made grants to 43 clubs and organisations: the average grant was just under £4,000.
Following a significant legacy in 2023 from the late Kenneth G James, the Trustees are keen to encourage applications for more substantial funding for relevant new projects.
In setting up the James Fund, it is interested in encouraging collaboration that may enable organisations to achieve something together which they would be unable to achieve alone. Full details are available on the website.
The last date for applications is 31 October 2023 and applicants will be informed of the Trustees’ decision by 31 December 2023.
All projects must relate clearly to the sporting and/or recreational needs of the blind and partially sighted.
The Trustees generally prefer to support ‘grass roots’ and ‘start up’ activities rather than, for example, international teams of visually impaired sportsmen and women.
The Trustees generally prefer to fund the whole of the cost of a project, even where this is spread across two or more years, rather than to be one of a number of contributors.
The Trustees generally prefer to support running costs or the purchase of equipment, as distinct from items which will significantly increase the recipient’s long-term asset base.