Funding opportunities

We provide up to date information on funding opportunities for local clubs.

Please ensure you read guidelines thoroughly and take note of any deadlines for trusts and applications.

Sport England

Each year Sport England invest more than £250 million of National Lottery and public money to help people play sport and take part in physical activity.

Find out more about Sport England open funds. 

Tesco Stronger Start grants

Applications are open to all local good causes, but we are currently prioritising helping projects that support children’s food security and health and local store nominated good causes.

This is not an exhaustive list and other project ideas also welcomed. Examples include:

  • School Breakfast clubs
  • Holiday clubs
  • Play areas
  • Food banks
  • Counselling and support services for children
  • Equipment or non-statutory services for nurseries or schools e.g. forest schools, library books
  • Equipment for Brownie, Guide or Scout Groups e.g. camping equipment, badges
  • Services or equipment to support children and young people’s health
  • Equipment/kit for youth sports teams

Find out more about Tescos’ Stronger Start grants.

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund donates £600 million a year to communities in the UK. Money is raised by those who play The National Lottery.

The below criteria is used to assess applications:

  • Does your club bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities?
  • Does your club improve the places and spaces that matter to communities?
  • Does your club help more people reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage?

Sports clubs can apply for either an amount of up to £10,000 or sums over £10,000 depending on whether they meet the criteria.

Find out more about the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Poundland Foundation

The Poundland Foundation has recently announced it has reopened the Kit for Kids grants programme. The scheme awards 250 grants to sports clubs/organisations to provide equipment and kit to help children get active.

Applications will be considered for any kind of team sport, including football, netball, hockey, and volleyball

Grants of up to £750 are available to local children’s sports clubs or organisations.

Find out more about the Poundland Foundation.

Barclays Community Football Fund

Barclays Community Football Fund aims to help make football more accessible at a grassroots level. There is a particular focus on including and inspiring girls and young people from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups, including culturally diverse communities, young people with disabilities, and young people from the LGBTQ+ community.

The grant can be used for anything that will support project delivery including venue hire, coaching costs, volunteer expenses, equipment, kit, marketing, training, and insurance

You must use the funding within six months

Applications can be made at any time from January 2022 to December 2024.

Grants of £500 are available.

Find out more about the Barclays Community Football Fund.

Football Foundation

The Football Foundation provides grants to grassroots football clubs all over the UK. They have a wide range of funding on offer to help improve the quality of local football clubs.

Funding is available for new 3G pitches, 3G pitch maintenance equipment, grass pitches, new changing rooms and pavilions, the refurbishment of existing changing rooms and pavilions, improvement of small-sided facilities, and other small grants

Sports grants of up to £25,000 can be awarded.

Find out more about the Football Foundation grants.

Suez Communities Trust

The SUEZ Communities Fund supports community and environmental improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, distributing funds contributed by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK.

Applications for capital projects, i.e. those that focus on physical improvement at an identified site, will be considered. Projects which take place at multiple sites cannot be considered.

Funding is typically awarded for the purchase of materials/equipment and the appointment of a contractor to undertake the improvement work. A request for funding for salaries, running costs, project management or design fees will not be considered.

The SUEZ Communities Fund provides grants of up to £50,000 to not-for-profit organisations in England and Scotland. Projects must be eligible under the rules of the Landfill Communities Fund or Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

Find out more about Suez Communities Trust grants.

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme aims to support charities registered and operating in the UK, especially those who work at the grassroots and local community level. Grants can be awarded across a wide range of activities and in any field. Specifically, the fund supports local charities that deliver services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community.

Grants can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, or to enable ongoing service provision or delivery of services

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available.

Find out about the Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme.

County Grants Fund (Cricket)

This is a funding opportunity for cricket clubs. Periodically throughout the year, they add time-specific grants that you can apply for.

The scheme is open to ECB affiliated Cricket Clubs registered for All-Stars/Dynamos, or directly involved with Women’s and Girls’ Cricket and/or Disability cricket. It is an expectation that any junior programme will include and actively engage with girls. It is also open to ECB affiliated Cricket Clubs actively engaged in competitive female-only cricket and/or disability cricket.

Clubs can apply for sums between £1,000 and £10,000.

Find out more about County Grants Fund (Cricket)

Crowd funding

Have you also considered crowd funding using platforms like Just Giving.

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