CONGRESS SUPPORT POLICY
Please note, due to limited funds, to be eligible for the Congress Support Scheme you must be a visually impaired UK resident and a member of the BCA.
FUNDING AND ELIGIBILITY
Under the Congress Support Scheme, eligible VI UK resident BCA members can claim funds to assist them in playing in a non BCA chess congress, whether the event be in the UK or overseas. Moreover, claims can be made for both mainstream chess congresses and most tournaments that are specifically aimed at VI players but are not run by the BCA. Please note however that the Congress Support Scheme cannot be used for the Windermere event or the Haaksbergen event which have separate funding support arrangements.
Under the scheme, during the period of the BCA financial year (1 October to 30 September) an eligible member can claim up to £300 over a maximum of four mainstream chess events. These claims should be appropriate to expenditure.
To be eligible to claim under the Congress Support Scheme you must fulfil all of the following criteria:
To encourage eligible members who may be apprehensive about attending their first mainstream event or non BCA overseas congress, a novice to such events (which includes a person who has not attended such an event for ten years or more) can also claim up to £150/£75 (appropriate to expenditure) for a sighted guide.
In exceptional circumstances, where it is deemed by the Congress Support Subcommittee that a person eligible to the scheme would not be able to partake of its benefits without being accompanied by a personal assistant, extra funds should be allocated for this purpose at the discretion of the BCA Committee. In such cases, the personal assistant would receive the same funding as the person he/she is assisting (subject to expenditure). However, the Committee reserves the right to refuse such a claim if it is felt to be unwarranted, and such funding will only be granted in cases of profound disability.
HOW TO CLAIM
In order to make a claim there are three simple steps:
Please note that, in the spirit of the congress support scheme, failure to complete all of the above steps may mean that we cannot guarantee that your claim will be processed successfully, as the scheme is subject to available funds.
Last reviewed October 2018
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