Subsidy Frequently Asked Questions

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All coaching subsidy applications must be submitted directly to SportScotland.

Applicants must demonstrate coaching activity within six months of applying for the subsidy (minimum activity supported will be once per month or an average of 12 sessions per year)

The course being attended must take place in Scotland and be registered with the SQA (your course organiser can confirm this)

Applicants should evidence what impact this qualification will have on their school, club or community. (This should be detailed in the Applicant Support Information section of the application form)

Check with your club/ school/ community group that they are happy to support your application as you must supply their contact details and this will be verified. 

HOW TO APPLY; Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualificaiton (SSTQ):

SSTQ candidates must apply for funding directly to Scottish Swimming by submitting a SSTQ Subsidy form to

This must be done prior to the first day of the course and candidates must have completed SwimRight (Mandatory pre-course element) before submitting the subsidy form to Scottish Swimming.

If approved, subsidy payments will be issued in line with the sportscotland quarterly payment dates following course start date. Please send any queries to


HOW TO APPLY; Coaching

Coaches can now apply for funding using Sport Scotland's online application portal. They will first need to register their details with Sport Scotland before logging onto the system and navigating through the application form. 


HOW TO APPLY; Level 3:

Applications for funding must be made initially to Scottish Swimming who will complete the SGB section of the form before forwarding on to SportScotland for processing. Sport Scotland require subsidy application at least four weeks prior to the start of the course; retrospective applications will not be accepted.

Please ensure when you submit your subsidy application to Scottish Swimming in the first instance that you allow at least 5 working days for processing and submission to Sport Scotland.


    Should you have any questions about the initial online application process then please don’t hesitate to contact SportScotland on: If your query is of a technical nature regarding the online portal, please contact SportScotland on on:


    • Level 1 grant aid to be  40% of total cost or £75  whichever is the lowest
    • Level 2 grant aid to be 60% of total cost or £350 whichever is the lowest
    • Level 3/4 grant aid  bands to be 60%: 40%:20% or zero with same eligibility criteria being continued

    Once SportScotland receive your application they will check you meet the eligibility criteria and give you an electronic decision within 10 working days of receipt of your application. 

    Once approved, candidates will receive a Funding Confirmation letter/ email detailing how much funding has been allocated. This confirmation has a unique reference number and is required when claiming your funding.

    Once SportScoltand has approved funding, candidates along with a copy of our Subsidy payment form (available on our website).

    To qualify and claim Coaching subsidy, candidates must hold current Scottish Swimming membership and submit a completed subsidy payment form to along with a copy of the SportScotland funding confirmation email. 

    To qualify and claim SSTQ subsidy, candidates must hold current Scottish Swimming membership and submit a completed subsidy payment form to before the chosen course start date.

    Subsidy Payments are issued in line with SportScotland quarterly payment dates following the chosen course start date

    Following the chosen course start date, Scottish Swimming and SportScotland will carry out final checks for all subsidy applications.

    Once Scottish Swimming and SportScoltand have evidence of all required application criteria we can issue payment. Please see criteria deadline dates and corresponding payment dates below:

    Criteria met by

    Payment Date

    15th May

    30th June

    14th August

    30th September

    30th November

    31st December

    5th February

    31st Mach

    Unfortunately you have not met the criteria on this occasion as detailed in your electronic decision response. Please feel free to apply again for other courses or sports.