In accordance with the Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, the IOC awarded its first "Sport and Active Society" development grants in 2016. Every year since then, it has renewed its commitment to making communities more active and inclusive through sport by supporting projects that promote the physical and mental well-being of people of all ages.


The International Olympic Committee’s call for “Sport and Active Society” projects aims to promote sport for all and its social and health benefits. Through its Sport and Active Society Commission and the development grants it awards each year, the IOC will provide additional resources in 2021 to  grassroots organisations that use sport and physical activity to tackle social issues, including sport and health, social inclusion, gender equality and combating climate change

Key information

  • Geographical coverage: worldwide
  • Beneficiaries: NGOs, national and international federations
  • Target segment: microprojects
  • Type of funding: grants
  • Award amount: CHF 20,000
  • Selection method: call for projects with selection by the IOC’s Sport and Active Society Commission


Eligible project themes (call for projects 2019 to be updated)

  • Foster the social inclusion of forcibly displaced persons through sport and physical activity
  • Promote gender equality through sport and physical activity
  • Combat climate change and protect the environment through sport and physical activity
  • Encourage participation in sport and physical activity through innovation


Examples of projects supported (Terres en Mêlées, 2019 grant recipient)



Do you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply?
Log into your account and contact the Sport en Commun teams to obtain individual support and maximise your chances of submitting a successful application to the IOC “Sport and Active Society” programme.


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