Grants for sports and leisure activities

Did you know that you may be entitled to a grant from your local authority to enable your child to play sport or take part in leisure activities? As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children born in the years 2005-2014 who live in households where the adults supporting them have a total income of less than ISK 740,000 per month, on average, in the months of March-July 2020 qualify for such grants.  

You can use the sports and leisure activity grant to pay part of the fees for your child to take part in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics and other sports, and also music lessons or other leisure activities. Further information is available from your local authority (municipality) on how grants may be used.

The grant for each child is ISK 45,000

Before applying to your local authority for a grant, you will need to check whether your household comes under the income criterion stated above. To do this, log in to island.is using your electronic ID and retrieve the necessary data from the tax authorities. Data is available in Icelandic, English and Polish. Please note that married or registered cohabiting couples must both give their consent for data to be retrieved from the tax office (RSK) through island.is.

If the answer is that you are entitled to apply for a grant for your child, you will receive further guidance on the next steps on island.is. If the answer is that you are not entitled to a grant for your child, you will receive guidance on what to do if you have a criticism to make concerning that conclusion, or questions you wish to ask.  

  • Applications for grants may be made until 1 March 2021.
  • The sporting and leisure activities for which grants may be used will be held in the 2020-2021 school year.

The local authorities set their own rules on the allocation of the grants, and arrangement may vary from one locality to another, for example regarding:

  • the sporting and leisure activities for which the grants may be used,
  • what documents must be submitted with applications,
  • the time taken to process and answer applications.

You should ask your local authority any questions you have about the grants.

You can open island.is here to find out whether you are entitled to a grant for your child.

Personal data

To decide whether or not you are entitled, in terms of the income threshold, to a grant for your child, the following personal data is needed: the names and ID numbers of all the people in your household, your domicile, family-structure code (fjölskyldunúmer) and details of the income of household members during the period March-July 2020. When the tax authorities (RSK) have received an electronically-signed authorisation from you to retrieve data on your income, this will be supplied to island.is. Your local authority will also have access to this information through island.is.

The processing and preservation of personal data in connection with grants for sporting and leisure activities is the responsibility of island.is. Processing of personal data in the operations of island.is is the responsibility of the ministry of finance and economic affairs, Lindargata 7, 101 Reykjavík.

Further information about the processing of personal data by the government ministries, including the length of time such data may be kept and your rights, may be found in their personal data protection policy at https://www.stjornarradid.is/medferd_personuupplysinga

NB that the above information applies only to island.is; other rules on the handling of personal data will apply when it comes to the application process at  your local authority.