With support from the Dormant Accounts Fund, Canoeing Ireland would like to invite clubs to apply for a small grant to aid with running an introductory paddling programme for people with additional needs from your local community.

The nature of each programme may differ depending on the level of accessibility within the club including considerations around facility access, equipment, transport and local disability organisation engagement.


Paddle Able Programme Aims


Enable more opportunities for people with disabilities to find longevity in paddlesports within their community.


Increase opportunities for people with disabilities to join local clubs.


Encourage and support club members to run the Paddle-Able programme.


Encourage and support more clubs to engage with people in their community who have additional needs


  • The course has a minimum of 10 hours contact time and can take place over a series of days or weekends.
  • Each course runs within ratio guidelines of 1:6 or 1:8 depending on the instructor/coach qualifications. This ratio will be subject to the additional needs of participants.
  • Club members are leading or assisting with leading the programme.
  • The content and disciplines chosen to be run is decided by the club and group needs. Certification is optional however we recommend using the new Good to Go Award.
  • Applicant clubs should have the capacity to take on participants as members should participants show interest.
  • Clubs may either engage with one disability organisation to recruit participants or recruit individuals from the community through other means depending on the preference of each club. Support with this process and with linking with Local Sports Partnerships, Councils and Organisations is available through CI for those who are new to this.
  • Clubs can apply for a grant of €900 per programme to be used towards running costs such as, transport costs, participant club membership, additional equipment/adaptions, instruction/coaching, member training.
  • Participants will receive complimentary Canoeing Ireland membership for 2021 if they join your club before/after the programme.
  • Each programme should aim to include 6-8 participants
  • Programmes must be scheduled to run in 2021 – Funding is limited, clubs will be considered on a first come first served basis
  • Applicant clubs will be subject to an approval process by our Diversity & Inclusion Manager in the first instance
  • Canoeing Ireland will endeavour to support as many clubs as possible

This is an open application process. We invite Canoeing Ireland clubs to apply to this programme at any stage during 2021.

Please fill in the following form for your club to apply for funding to run a Paddle-Able Programme. If you have any questions please contact Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Emer Carton: emer@canoe.ie / 086 068 1313