Grant Funding For Sports Clubs

Grant funding for UK sports clubs, including equipment and facilities, and local and community football and cricket teams and projects

Grant Funding For UK Sports Clubs

A selection of grant funding from the free Funding Finder grants directory for sports clubs, including facilities and equipment, and local and community football teams.   Register and login, then use the Sports search category to find far more funding for your club.  You can also use Help Finder to find donated sports equipment and items for raffles, and funding from local companies.

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Grant Funding For Sports Clubs - UK Wide

Groundwork - One Stop Community Partnership Programme An initial grant of up to £1,000 and begin a partnership with their local One Stop store. This programme is designed to support community groups or organisations operating within two miles of a One Stop store and tackling food poverty, supporting the vulnerable, supporting the elderly, supporting low-income families or running youth sports teams. Apply at any time.
Alpkit Foundation Outdoor clothing manufacturer. Support grass-roots direct action projects that tackle issues such as diversity & inclusion in the outdoors, participation, education, conservation and protection of our natural environment and health & well-being. Trustees meet every 2 months. They say they've donated £0.5m to 1800 projects so far. Updated Nov 22.
JAZZ™ Apple Foundation Supports people, groups and charitable endeavours that share its beliefs of nourishing and supporting the next generation of young people in the UK, the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, and of sports and physical exercise. Since its formation in 2014, the Foundation has helped over 1,000 people and handed out over £20,000 in awards to a range of good causes ranging from junior football teams to dance and ballet clubs.
Hedley Foundation Small UK registered charities working with young people in the areas of recreation, sport, training, health and welfare, support and outdoor education. Also older people, end of life care, the homeless and ex offenders. Usually, grants up to £5,000, occasional larger sums. Smaller charities often benefit from smaller grants of £250 upwards. The Trustees meet four times per year to review grant applications. These should be received at least 6 weeks before meeting dates.
Ron Pickering Memorial Fund We invite applications from athletes of national standard, aged 15 – 23 (or over in exceptional circumstances). We also invite Para athletes of the same age (plus exceptional cases) who have a national para classification to apply. The application process opens annually around October/November.
Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust Projects that allow disadvantaged young people in the UK to take up opportunities to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors and outdoor activities.
Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund To increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play sport. Fundamental to the way Angus ran the original fund was a passion for maximising resources for grassroots sport, helping volunteers develop community sports facilities and enabling team sports to reach many more disadvantaged young people who might otherwise be attracted by gangs or anti-social behaviour.
William Waites Memorial Trust Non profit organisations engaging young people (5 to 19 years old) through sports, arts and education for projects primarily in London and the SE that encourage young people experiencing severe disadvantage to keep away from anti-social behaviour. Generally, grants are around £30,000 over 3 years. The Trustees aim to meet 3 times a year.
Van Neste Foundation Children and young people - including Sport, Drama, Music, Food, Travel. Social Change - community organisations trying to include those who have become marginalised, or to promote a sense of place and environmental improvement. Will fund CICs, and UK registered charities working in the developing world where their objectives coincide with our focus on Social Change and Children and Young People. Assess grant applications three times a year, typically January, June and October.
Little Lives UK To support children’s groups and organisations, such as play groups or sports classes, but open to applications from other projects. Grants up to £2,000, no minimum. Updated Nov 22.
Hargreaves Foundation Those under the age of 18, and with a mental health condition, disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential – education and sport. Will fund equipment. No minimum or maximum grant size.
Peter Harrison Foundation UK registered charities and CASCs running sports projects for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills. Opportunities through Sport, Special Needs and Care for Children and Young People and Opportunities through Education. Preference for SE England. Will fund capital projects. Apr 21.
Lord Taveners Helping young people to take part in sport and recreation, through the continued expansion of programmes and investment in facilities and equipment.
Barbara Ward Children's Foundation Charitable organisations undertaking projects for severely disadvantaged children and young people anywhere in the world. education, sport, play and leisure, holidays, support, care and respite.
Tesco Stronger Starts Schools can to apply via Groundwork for a grant of up to £1,500 towards activities providing food to pupils and for equipment for outdoor and indoor activities. Successful applications will go to a customer vote in their local Tesco store. Two out of the three blue token voting boxes will be dedicated to local schools with the third given over to local community projects nominated by each store’s colleagues. Customers can then choose which of the three projects they’d like to support by voting with a blue token. The initiative will also be boosted by Tesco’s ‘Golden Grants’ events. In 23/24, Tesco will award 200 £5,000 ‘Golden Grants’ to schools and local projects.
Little Lives UK - Children's Community Support Programme To support children’s groups and organisations, such as play groups or sports classes, but are open to applications from other projects, as long as their primary objective focuses on providing services to children. Grants up to £1500.
Dickie Bird Foundation Individuals throughout Great Britain to help disadvantaged young people (under the age of 16) to participate in the sport of their choice. Up to £500 for essential sports equipment and clothing.
Youth Hostel Association’s Breaks Programme YHA offers targeted bursary and funding support to children, young people and families. Available to groups of young people, groups of families, charities, community groups and home education networks. Bursary funding and various support schemes are available to primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, schools offering alternative provision and colleges that are struggling to meet the costs of a residential.

National Sports Grant Funding Bodies

There are four primary bodies that have responsibility for promoting grassroots sport in each UK country.   Each offers a range of grants for different purposes and closing dates, so it's best to visit their website - Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sport Wales, and  Sport Northern Ireland.

The National Lottery also offers a wide range of grants.  For grass roots sports in the community and if you've never applied before, the Awards for All grants offers up to £20,000.  This link is to the English version but other countries have their own.

Free Grant Application Writing Service

Once you've registered and logged in, you can ask the in-system AI bunny to write a funding bid for your sports club.  Click his Funding Bid button and answer the questions he'll ask you.   The website AI bunny can't write funding bids.

Grant Funding For Sports Clubs - Football

Barclays Community Football Fund Grants of £500 for groups wishing to start offering football, those keen to expand their existing provision to new audiences or those already delivering football to under-represented young people.  Focus on including girls and young people from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups: including racially diverse communities, young people with disabilities, and young people from the LGBTQ+ community. Applications are welcome from all types of organisations including football clubs, community groups, youth groups and charities. No deadline.
Football Player Foundations UK Funding Finder - some elite sports people have their own foundations. The link is a PFA list of some of the football ones.
Jordan Sinnott Foundation Trust Launched in memory of the young footballer. To support small grassroots clubs, that are registered charities, CASCs or other non-profits, through grants of up to £5,000 to pay for equipment, transport and kit to help engage vulnerable or disadvantaged people with sport. Children and young adults facing barriers, including young carers, can apply for individual grants up to £2,000 to help them participate in sport. No deadline.
National League Trust Supports community programmes with grants at clubs who are members of the three divisions of the National League. Wide range of projects: work with disadvantaged and minority groups, new football activity, such as women and girls teams, keep fit or activity classes, work related areas, such as obesity, or anti smoking initiatives, support for youth groups or the elderly. Applications can be made by a community charitable trust or CIC, associated with a National League club. Minimum grant is £5000. Seem to be 3 funding deadlines annually.
Utilita Energy High 5 - Grass Roots Football It’s no nonsense, no strings attached support for grassroots football. It’s easy to apply and we make decisions quickly.  No amounts, no deadlines. Head office in Hampshire, in case that's where you are. Last checked Apr 22.

Grant Funding - Other Sports

Love Rowing Grants £500 – £3000 for rowing clubs, schools and community organisations for for projects which benefit Love Rowing’s core areas of focus including: Young people from low socio-economic backgrounds, People from ethnic minority backgrounds and People with a disability or long-term health condition. May fund equipment. Deadline 19 Dec.
Rowing Foundation Rowing in Britain with preference shown to encouraging participation in rowing by the young and disabled, through the provision of equipment; £500 up to £3k.
Canoe Foundation Clubs, community groups and regions with an active interest in, and project purpose of, wider canoeing participation. £500 - £10k.
Dan Maskell Tennis Trust UK disabled people to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.

Grant Funding For Disability Sport

Here are some grant makers for disability sport.  The Funding Finder grants directory, also has a search categories for Disability and Buildings & Equipment.

Hargreaves Foundation Those under the age of 18, and with a mental health condition, disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential – education and sport. Will fund equipment. No minimum or maximum grant size.
Richard Overall Trust To advance the physical education of disabled young people in their chosen sport. Examples of activities which the Trust has supported in the past include, specialist sports equipment, training, instructors and the use of gymnasiums, track suits or footwear, transport including fares or the hire of a specialist vehicle, or the purchase of tickets to sporting events.
Peter Harrison Foundation UK registered charities and CASCs running sports projects for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills. Opportunities through Sport, Special Needs and Care for Children and Young People and Opportunities through Education. Preference for SE England. Will fund capital projects.
Bruce Wake Charitable Trust Leisure activities for the disabled - potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users, or improved access for wheelchair users is proposed or a sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed. Charities, non-profits and individuals.

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