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Funding Chess in Scotland
I would envisage each competition getting allocated a code. Then organisers would go on line to the membership page to input this code against any player wishing to take part. Ideally this could be done in a similar fashion that happens in email accounts, with a box against each name that you can tick and then "mark" several members with the comp code. Each membership option would need to not allow allocation of comp codes if the membership type limit has been reached. Grading cards would need to have pnums assigned, and both systems would then allow games to go for grading. I don't know if this would be best achieved by putting a block in the grading system which is unlocked through the membership page if 100% of games are not graded.
CS Treasurer Mac McKenzie has provided some information on grant funding <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m -->

The other main regular income sources are indicated below.

League affiliation fees have existed back to the 1970s but it wasn't until 1980-81 that all leagues affiliated, principally to get their games graded. Mac's first recorded income from congress grading fees was £368 in season 1982-83 rising to £1200 the following year when the SCA first employed a paid secretary.

Congress grading fees have been levied on much the same basis ever since apart from the modification to charge a different rate to congresses based on if they offer a discounted entry fee to members.

How grading fees work at the moment. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> (These fees are agreed between all interested parties, clubs, leagues and individual by reps/members at Council and AGMs.)

When a congress is graded the organiser is emailed with an invoice. They send cheque to treasurer.

Clubs join CS and get up to 500 results graded as part of their membership. Some clubs just pay per game rather than join and are invoiced accordingly.

At the beginning of a season leagues send the treasurer fees based on a board fee and gets all games graded for that initial payment. If a league organises other events outwith the main league programme eg a league individual it is invoiced in the same way as congresses at the end of an event.

Players can join CS at any time of year.

One of the benefits of the current long term set up is that CS has almost 100% collection rates on invoiced grading fees since all grading is collated centrally allowing invoices to be generated and emailed to congress organisers. A simple spreadsheet tally is maintained between grader and treasurer. Any event which did not pay up would not be able to submit more data until the initial bill is met.
Occassionally there are lapses with delayed invoicing or payment but in general it's an easy to operate workable system with minimal complications.
Out of interest Douglas, what is the average amount of games submitted for grading by affiliated clubs and do any come close to the 500 limit?
Some clubs used to go over the 500 result limit but none recently. Nowadays the only super active clubs in terms of grading tend to be the young junior school clubs. CS dont charge for events where players are under 14.

You can see all previous years club processing back to the 90s <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> - the club link is last item.
Aye we do get a little close to it...
"How sad to see, what used to be, a model of decorum and tranquility become like any other sport, a battleground for rival ideologies to slug it out with glee"

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