Please note that the Trust supports people with all disabilities, e.g. physical impairment, deaf, learning disability, visually impaired etc)
Please note that due to the demand for grant aid, the Trustees have imposed a 2-year moratorium on grants for the same purpose. Therefore, if you have applied during the past 2 years, please wait until 2 years has passed. If you are applying for a different purpose, e.g. a coaching grant when you have previously received an equipment bag or a tennis wheelchair, you are eligible to apply.
If you are applying for a tennis wheelchair or wheelchairs:-
If you are playing wheelchair tennis you may apply for your own sports wheelchair.
We have 3 types of chair currently available – one is the Matchpoint Quickie aluminium tennis specific wheelchair* which is suitable for the more-experienced player who is playing competitively. This is a bespoke chair. For this each applicant is required to raise a contribution of £950* and the Trust will pay the difference. The second chair is an Invacare Pro2 Sport Wheelchair* suitable for those beginning to play and those who play more recreational and social tennis. For this each applicant is required to raise a contribution of £400. In both cases the chairs are to a set specification* and any additional features or changes to this specification required will be at the applicant’s cost. Each applicant will also be required to pay the cost of delivery unless collected from our supplier.
(* subject to change)
The third chair is from ROMA Sport and can be ordered directly from them with the Trust paying the invoice. A contribution of £200 is required for this chair.
If an applicant wishes to have an alternative chair to those mentioned above, a grant may be awarded and the applicant will be responsible for ordering and payment of the chair directly with the supplier.
Group, club or project applications:
You may apply for one or more tennis wheelchairs designed for general use at grass roots level. Depending on the type of chair available a contribution of £250* per chair is required for the Invacare Pro2 All Sport Chair, or £200* for the ROMA tennis wheelchair, and the Trust will offer a grant for the remaining cost. N.B. The majority of general purpose chairs will be supplied from ROMA Sport
(*subject to change)
If you are applying for equipment:-
Individual applications - items considered in this category would be tennis rackets for which a maximum grant of £100 per racket may be offered, strings, tape and gloves for wheelchair players. Items such as holdalls, clothing will not be considered. Sound balls are not supplied to individuals.
Group, club or project applications - A set package of equipment is available . This package will be ordered and paid for by the Trust and delivered direct to a specified address. package will include, rackets, balls, mini nets, and coaching aids such as cones and throw down marker lines. this equipment is suitable for groups, clubs and disability programmes. (List of contents is available). Sound balls for visually impaired groups may also be applied for.
If you are applying for a grant:
Individual applications - examples of items that will be considered include tennis rackets, coaching lessons with an LTA Licensed coach; course fees for official LTA Development/Coaching courses.
Group, club or project applications: (For physical impairment, deaf, learning disability, visually impaired etc)
If you are starting a disability group, a club programme or a project or need help for an existing project or programme. examples of items that will be considered under this scheme are help towards court hire, (e.g. for indoor provision) coaching fees, equipment (if not applying for an equipment package as above). All programmes and projects should aim towards self-financing and sustainability.
Please give as much information as possible and specify what costs are associated with each item, e.g. if you are applying for help with indoor court fees, please specify how many sessions and the cost per hour per court. Likewise, if you are applying for coaching fees, please specify how many hours and at what cost.
Before applying for assistance, you are advised to consult The Lawn Tennis Association and/or your local County Tennis Association.
Maximum grant per application is £1,500 for a group, club or project and £500 for an individual. In all cases, Dan Maskell Tennis Trust will consider each application on merit. If alternative funding opportunities exist, The Trust will either suggest these or explore them on your behalf. Please give as much information as possible about your tennis activities. If you are successful in your application for a wheelchair or tennis equipment bag, you will be expected to keep this in good condition. Guidance on maintenance of wheelchairs will be provided.
Whether individual or group - items considered as luxury items such as electrical equipment e.g. videos, clothing or individual transport costs will not be considered. Publicity, promotions, advertising, general administration and catering at tournaments and events are not within the criteria for grant aid.
All applicants must be UK citizens and resident in the UK. Applications will be considered by the Trustees of Dan Maskell Tennis Trust which meets 3/4 times a year. Applications should be received by the closing date specified.
The final meeting in 2019 is:
Thursday 31st October (closing date for applications 4th October)