Applying for Development Assistance

Strict criteria and procedures are in place to regulate the allocation of funds to nations that qualify for development assistance. Funding is divided into four specific pillars that cover all areas of development support: Coaching, Events, Facilities and Programmes (Performance and Participation). 

The Development programme comprises international and regional projects. The six Regional Associations administer regional development projects on behalf of the ITF, while international projects are managed by the ITF Development Department.  Prior to the start of each regional 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. 

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Eligibility for Development Assistance

All National Associations are assessed for eligibility to benefit from components of the Development Programme on a project-by-project basis. The criteria are based on two elements: 'Resources' and 'Representation', as detailed below:

i) Resource Criteria
A: World Bank Ranking of nations above the 2022 Global Average GDP per Capita (updated September 2023) - 2022 used in the first instance, with 2021 figures then taken if 2022 figures unavailable. 
B: UN National Accounts Main Aggregates Database per Capita GDP (updated January 2023) ranking of nations 2021 (above the 2022 World Bank Global Average GDP per Capita). 
C: World Bank ranking of nations above the 2022 World Bank Global Average GDP per Capita (updated September 2023) - 2020 figures taken if critera A and B above are unavailable.

ii) Representation Criteria
A: Men - At least 3 men (singles main draws) in 2020-2023 Grand Slams, with Direct Acceptance and Qualifier Status only, AND Top 24 Davis Cup Rankings (year-end 2022) (27.11.2023)
B: Women - At least 3  women (singles main draws) in 2020-2023 Grand Slams, with Direct Acceptance and Qualifier Status only, AND Top 24 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Rankings (year-end 2022) (13.11.2023).

Based upon assessment of a nation's resources and representation, each nation is categorised in one of four tiers. The least well-resourced and represented nations are placed in Tier 1 and are eligible for all forms of ITF development support. Tier 2 nations are also eligible to apply for all ITF grants, initiatives and programmes. Tier 3 and 4 nations are assessed to have a greater degree of tennis maturity and lower requirement for development support. 

Classification of European nations (2024)

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