The 148th Open Legacy Fund

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The Open generates up to £80 million of economic benefit for the region in which it is staged and ensures that the host venue is seen by hundreds of millions of television viewers around the world.  This coverage inspires many thousands of visitors to come to play the course and enjoy the local area in subsequent years.  The R&A fully recognises the importance of the communities which play host to the Championship and introduced The Open Legacy Fund as a vehicle for direct investment into the locality.  The fund provides £100,000 each year for sustainable development initiatives which enhance the local community and environment and deliver a long-lasting contribution to the area.  In recent years a wide range of initiatives in the towns which host the Championship have received funding and this reflects The R&A’s goal of supporting the enhancement and continuing prosperity of these communities.


Who Can Apply?

Not for profit Community and Voluntary organisations and statutory organisations where projects developed can clearly deliver good outcomes for the residents of Portrush. 

The beneficiaries of your project must be Portrush residents (as specified in Appendix 2, the Portrush Funding Boundary Map).


Organisations applying for the fund will have to demonstrate how their project contributes to at least one of the following themes: Social, Environmental or Health and Well-being.


Applicant Organisations must have a properly adopted “Governing Document” such as a constitution or memorandum and articles of association which clearly show that it is a not–for-profit organisation.  Evidence that a constitution has been formally adopted must be supplied.


Total Funds available are £100,000


There are 2 levels of grants awards available:

A. Small Grants £5,000- £10,000

B. Large Grants £10,000 - £50,000


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding support from The Open Legacy Fund, the project must meet the following criteria:

•             Be based in Portrush or have their project activities based in Portrush.

•             Project Beneficiaries must be Portrush residents.

•             Applicants must be from “not for profit” organisations.

•             Any necessary permissions must be in place prior to a letter of offer being issued.  (For example, planning permission or building control)

Claim Pack - Project Expenditure Claim Form

Claim Pack - Invoice Summary

Claim Pack - Equal Ops Form

Claim Pack - Retention of documents policy

The 148th Open Legacy Fund Presentation

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