Applying for Development Assistance

Strict criteria and procedures are in place to regulate the allocation of funds to nations that qualify for development assistance. 

Seven types of development projects are carried out annually. Prior to the start of each project, Tennis Europe will send eligible federations all necessary documentation; circulars, invitations and entry forms. At this time, member nations will be advised on how to proceed with the application process. 

Eligibility for Development Assistance

The ITF has established four 'Tiers' of nations, with each Tier eligible to participate in certain projects. Membership of a Tier is determined by criteria which take into account i) each nation's financial resources, and ii) its representation in professional tennis. 

i) Resource Criteria
A: June 2017: World Bank Ranking of nations above the Global Average GDP per Capita. 
B: December 2016: UN National Accounts Main Aggregates Database per Capita GDP ranking of nations (above the Global Average GDP per Capita). 

ii) Representation Criteria
A: Men - At least 3 men (singles main draws) in 2014-2017 Grand Slams (16x Slams), with Direct Acceptance and Qualifier Status only, Top 24 Davis Cup Rankings (year-end 2017) (08.11.2017)
B: Women - At least 3  women (singles main draws) in 2014-2017 Grand Slams (16x Slams), with Direct Acceptance and Qualifier Status only, Top 24 Fed Cup Rankings (year-end 2017) (08.11.2017).

The nations with least resources and representation are categorised in Tier 1 and are eligible for all forms of development support. Tier 2 nations can also apply for all ITF grants, initiatives and programmes. Tier 3 and 4 nations have lower requirements for development support.  

Classification of European nations

Tier 1: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro
Tier 2: Andorra, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey
Tier 3: Belarus, Romania, Ukraine
Tier 4: Belgium, Croatia, Czech republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Serbia