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Funding opportunities for clubs

Funding for Coaches and Talented Performers

Other Sources of Funding

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

  • Grants of up to £10,000 are available through the Comic Relief “Local Communities” programme.
  • Priority is given to small, locally-based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and are undertaking actions as a means of addressing these needs.
  • The program is currently open for applications (please check with your community foundation to find out when their deadline date is – there may be periods when the grant round temporarily closes.)

For more information visit:

 Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme

People’s Postcode Trust is a charity registered in Scotland, No. SC040387 and is a company limited by guarantee (356549). It is a grant giving Trust, awarding funding to good causes that support a better world for people and planet.

Funding is available for projects of up to 6 months in length ranging from £500 up to £10,000 in Scotland and England.

Closing date for application forms from the south east of England is the 24th May.

For further information please visit:

Kent Community Foundation Grants

  • Volunteer led groups working in Herne Bay with preference for projects supporting children and young people. Grants up to £5,000 
  • Small Grassroots community groups with a turnover of less than £100,000 per annum meeting a genuine need. Grants up to £5,000

The deadline is 24th May for both schemes and applications can be made online at Kent Community Foundation

McDonalds Kickstart Football Grants

Football Clubs with a junior section can apply for one-off grants of £500 to £2500 for things like: club facilities, grounds-keeping tools, training courses, pitch hire, mini-vans and washing machines.

The deadline is 30th June and applications can be made online at McDonalds.

Get your club members to recycle electronic equipment such as mobiles, mp3’s, sat navs and receive cash, equipment, or coaching courses for the club.

Sign up for free to the Reciproc8 Rewards scheme, encourage your members to donate unwanted consumer electrical equipment and the club receives cash, sports equipment or coaching courses for free. For the range of rewards and further information on the scheme go to Recipoc8’s website

Waitrose Community Matters

Each month, Waitrose branches around the country will distribute £1,000 between three local projects, through its ‘community matters’ giving initiative.Through this scheme, Waitrose will allocate £1,000 a month to each of its 190 branches to distribute amongst three local community projects as chosen by its customers and employees. To be considered for a donation, why not get in touch with your local Waitrose branch or to find out more go to the Waitrose website.

Wakeham Trust

Groups of individuals as well as small community and voluntary groups within the UK that want to improve their communities can apply for funding through the Wakeham Trust.

The Trust are particularly interested in supporting neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though they never support individuals. The Trust normally gives grants to projects where an initial £75 to £750 can make a real difference to getting the project up and running.

To be eligible, applicants need to be registered charities or have access to a registered charity that will be willing to accept funds on their behalf.

For more details click here;

Awards for All – will fund ongoing and repeat activities

Very good news from Big Lottery Fund’s small grants scheme, Awards for All which gives grants from £300 – £10,000. From 1 June, they are running a six month pilot where they will now fund repeat or ongoing activities.

This means that if you’ve been running a pensioners group for several years, you can apply to them to fund it for a year. If you run summer playschemes, you can ask them to fund the next one. It doesn’t matter whether they or someone else has funded the activities before.

The pilot applies only to groups with a turnover below £30,000. All other conditions remain the same, so if you’ve had £10,000 from them recently you can’t apply again within a year. Guidance notes and application form are on their website.

An important point – the forms and guidance won’t change, so where the form asks on page 3 whether you are asking for repeat/ongoing activities, it’s fine to say ‘yes’, despite the form saying you must put ‘no’ to get funded. You will still need to make a good enough case on the rest of the form that your activity is needed, and that it helps people.

They hope this will encourage bids from small groups doing really important successful  work, as they won’t have to try and make the activity look ‘new’ each time they write a bid. This has been a common complaint from many groups, and it’s really good that the Lottery have taken this on board. Awards for All is a good scheme, funding a wide range of activities with a very good success rate – over half the bids are funded. This change makes it even better.

For more details click here;

Healthy Heart Grants

Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups and voluntary organisations who are spreading the healthy heart message.

The types of projects supported in the past have included:

•The Foresight Project in Grimsby which encourages visually impaired people to take regular exercise using tandem bicycles
•The Ross-shire Bravehearts project in Inverness which educates adults with learning difficulties about heart health so they can take part in physical activities
•The Superleague team, Wakefield Wildcats, which uses star rugby players to educate children about heart health.

There are two applications rounds per year. Applications are only accepted during January and February for the May round of grants and July and August for grants awarded in November, each year.

For more details click here:

Wells Sports Foundation

The Sports Grants Scheme has been established to create a lasting legacy for future generations through the development of club sport. Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available to sports clubs to support worthwhile projects. The club must have achieved Clubmark status.

Funding Examples

The scheme will fund projects that support the development and sustainability of sports clubs. Funding can be used for:

  • Equipment
  • CRBs for volunteers
  • Coaching qualifications
  • Refereeing and umpiring courses

We are looking to fund projects . For example – projects that need equipment that is specifically focused on increasing participation, CRBs for volunteers, coaching qualifications and refereeing/umpiring courses.

Further information

Visit or call 01524 590 600.

Sport and Recreation for Young People with Special Needs

Funding is available up to £5,000 to encourage young people with disabilities to participate in sporting activities. Grants towards sports and recreational equipment to encourage those youngsters with special needs, particularly those with mobility, sensory and mental disabilities, to participate in sporting and recreational activities within a group enviornment.

For further information please visit

The Dickie Bird Foundation for Disadvantaged Young People

Support for individuals to help disadvantaged young people (under the age of 18) to participate in sport, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice, irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity. Funding is available between £50 and £5,000 and can be used for sports kit, coaching and training. For more information please visit The Trustee dates for meeting are February, April, June, August, October and December.

Building on Overlooked Sporting Talent (BOOST)

The Boost Charitable Trust was created in 2005 to champion the disabled and disadvantaged, to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport. Boost belives that sport is for everyone, and we hope to work with people from all ages, races, colours, creeds and physical abilities. The Trust will only support charities or non-profit making organisations with a focus on sport. Applications are to be made by letter with grants of £500 available.

For further information please visit

The Co-operative Community Fund

Community Fund grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded in the community, voluntary or self-help groups to run projects. Applications for this fund can only be completed on-line. In 2008 the average award given was £842. If you are a newly formed group (less than three months) the maximum you can apply for is £500.

For further information please visit

Sport England Small Grants Programme

Similar to the old Awards for All, the Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sports projects that seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

  • Awards are for amounts from £300- £10,000
  • The total project cost should not exceed £50,000
  • The projects must be deliverable within 12 months and provide a monitoring report within 13 months of the date of the offer letter.
  • Projects must seek to increase participation in sport, sustain participation in sport or provide opportunities to excel at a chosen sport.
  • Projects must be focused only on sports currently recognised by Sport England and delivered to beneficiaries based in England.
  • Decision within six weeks.

Priority Areas are:

  • Projects increasing the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports
  • Projects seeking to reduce drop off rates for 16-19 year olds, in particular the following sports- Badminton, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Gymnastics, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Tennis.
  • Projects that contribute to the five hour offer of 11-16 year olds.

Further information

The fund is open to any bona fide not-for-profit club or association, statutory body or educational establishment in England.

Visit the Sport England Website at

Cash 4 Clubs

Cash 4 Clubs is a sports grants scheme that provides funding to support grassroots UK sports clubs. There are three tiers of grants at £250, £500 and £1,000 which are awarded on a discretionary basis.

Funding Examples

  • improving facilities
  • purchasing new equipment
  • gaining coaching qualifications
  • investing in the sustainability of a sports club

Further Information

Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their National Governing Body or local authority. Applications are accepted from clubs on an ongoing basis and will be processed during the next panel meeting. These are held at approximately quarterly intervals throughout the year.
For further information and to apply visit

Torch Trophy Trust- Training Bursaries

The Torch Trophy Trust makes grants available to volunteers to improve their skills as coaches and officials. The trust will contribute from £100 to £1,000 to individuals and groups who are struggling to find the funds from other sources.

Funding Examples

  • Obtaining coaching qualifications
  • Attending training

Further Information

The Trust will normally expect to pay only 50% of the total cost required, with the group or other funders making up the rest. A supporting letter will be required from your National Governing Body and a simple Word document is available from their website.

BBC Children in Need’s grants programme

Grants are open to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under. BBC Children in Need can only fund projects that focus on the differences made (outcomes) to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people

Further Information

The organisation and project must be based in the UK and must be a registered charity or other not-for-profit organisation. There are four general grant deadlines each year: 15 January, 15 April, 15 July, 15 October. Small grants will fund £10,000 or less per year for up to three years. For further information visit

Kent County Council’s Youth Opportunity Fund and Capital Fund

The funds help young people and particularly hard to reach groups. The Opportunity Fund supports the development of positive activities and things to do for young people and seeks to widen their role as decision makers, grant givers and project leaders. The Capital Fund compliments the Opportunity Fund with small capital grants.

Both funds aim to give a voice to young people, particularly disadvantaged young people, in relation to things to do and places to go, conveying a powerful message to young people that their needs and aspirations are important.

Further Information

At least 4 young people must be involved in the project, from the initial idea, completing the application form and the development of the project/activity. The maximum grant available is £5,000, the minimum grant is £250.

B & Q Waste Donation Scheme

B & Q operates this scheme through all of its stores within the United Kingdom. B & Q donates its unsaleable products and waste materials for re-use such as slighlty damaged tins of paint, off cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper and end of range materials. Donated products should benefit the local community.

Applications should be made to the DIY stores. The waste donation scheme is co-ordinated by the enviornmental champion, duty or warehouse manager who will keep a waste donation form or file for interested groups.

The ASDA Foundation

With an ASDA store in our area, your club may be eligible for funding and support. The ASDA Foundation is set up to support projects that will make a difference to the communities in which ASDA has a presence and its colleagues can get involved in. Applications are invited from registered charities, local community groups, people and projects within the UK. Visit the ASDA Foundation website or alternatively get in touch with the Canterbury Store by calling 01227 479 719.

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards

The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000. The funding they give goes towards providing practical benefits such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit children, the elderly and adults and children with disabilities, living in the local communities around their stores in the UK. Download funding guidelines and apply.


The Mary Edmondson Sporting Trust

The charity provides grants to both individuals and organisations for the promotion of community participation in health, recreation and physical education. Applications must be made in writing to Mr Roger Power, 42 Harkness Drive, Canterbury, CT2 7RW.


Sportsmatch brings additional funding to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new projects to get people playing and enjoying sport. Grants from £1,000 up to £100,000 are available to match sponsorship from the commercial sector, private individuals or charitable trusts. Clubs, voluntary organisations, sports governing bodies, councils, schools and universities can get their applications in now, and the first awards will be made in early April.

For the first time, Sportsmatch will be accepting bids where the sponsor has an existing relationship with the club and isn’t increasing the amount it invests, provided it is for new projects. This recognises the hard work done by sports clubs to maintain relationship with local businesses, which is especially important in difficult economic times when finding new sponsors may be more challenging.

For further information and to apply please visit or call 08458 508 508

Sainsbury’s Active Kids

Clubmark accredited clubs can once again collect Active Kids vouchers. You can collect 1 Active Kids voucher for every £10 spent instore, at petrol stations or when you buy groceries online (£5 in locals). Nectar points can also be turned into vouchers too! Vouchers can be exchanged to receive new equipment for your club as well as developing programmes to help young people of all abilities to get active.

If your club is already registered for Active Kids, there is no need to re-register! Visit www. or call 0844 415 8440 for further information.

RBS Sport for You

RBS is aiming to promote and nurture sport at a local level through the launch of its Sport for You grant. The grassroots of sporting endeavour in the UK are replete with worthy causes and your outstanding achievements, tales of dedicated and commitment to the cause are what they would like to hear about. Whether its a boxing club that needs to have a roof repaired, a netball team setting up a tournament, or a table tennis club in a portable building needing new surfaces to play on, they’d like to know how the club started and how it serves your community. The Daily Telegraph, in partnership with RBS, will now help those communities by awarding five £1,000 support packages each month for the next year to encourage the development of amateur and community sports clubs across the country.

In order to do so, they would like you to them about your club, your successes, those who have served above and beyond the call of duty, what your club has done or would like to do within your community, and how you would put your £1,000 grant to use.

Complete the online application form.

Mars Milk Fund

The Mars Milk Fund is back for 2014 giving you, your team or club a bit of refuelling. In a very easy, online application form you just need to state how receiving funding (maximum of £300) will help you to play sport for longer. For further information please visit


Sportivate forms part of Places People Play, the £135 million mass participation legacy plans unveiled by the Government in November 2010. Sportivate will capture the excitement of sport and London 2012 to provide attractive and sustainable community sports opportunities. Support is available for organisations to provide sport/physical activity to young people aged 11-25 years old in six week blocks. Sports clubs, youth clubs, youth workers, schools, colleges, universities as well as other statutory / not for profit organisations/workplaces providing sports activities for 11-25 year olds can all apply for funding. Sportivate projects must meet the following criteria:

  • 6 – 8 weeks of coaching must be delivered
  • participants must be aged 11-25 years
  • there must be an identified need for the project. Project need can be identified through any young people surveys or consultation or Sport England’s Active People and/or Market Segmentation data
  • there must be a confirmed exit route for the project that has the capacity to take on an increased number of participants
  • Sportivate funding will not typically fund 100% of any activity. There should be in kind or cash partnership funding and / or activity income from young people to support delivery of the project.

Roger De Haan Charitable Trust

The Trust seeks to work with local sports clubs and in conjunction with national and local government policies to improve participation in sport, raise levels of fitness and reduce obesity and provide opportunities for community focused events. The Trust is pleased to make a contribution to these areas and hopes that the Trust’s investments might help leverage other funds such as National Lottery and National Governing Body grants.

The Trust has previously made significant donations to enable clubs to attract match funding, but has now embarked upon a series of projects with local sports clubs that will help develop new and updated amenities that will be of major benefit to the sports community.

For further information please visit

Local Member Grants

Local community groups are being offered the chance to get funding for their projects thanks to Local Members Grants from Kent County Council.
For 2012/13 there will be around £1.74 million available across the county to inject into locally based projects that show lasting community benefit. The funding is divided between the twelve districts in Kent and there are three types of grant available:

  • Member Community Grant
  • Local Schemes Grant
  • Small Community Capital Projects

All types of organisations and groups are welcome to apply, provided they have their own bank accounts. A wide range of projects can be supported, including marketing and training costs, community safety schemes, sports and education related projects and larger refurbishment projects in community halls.

Find out more about Local Member Grants

Regular Funding Streams

The below information lists funding streams that have been available over the last year:

  • Comic Relief- Sport for Change: funds organisations that are using sport to address a social issue or community concern such as substance use, crime related problems.
  • Biffaward Small Grants: offers grants between £250 and £500 to support improvements and access to local amenities such as a community building, nature reserve, cycle path, playground, cultural facility or outdoor space.
  • Grassroots Grant Programme: grants of £250- £5000 available to any voluntary and community group in England. Can be used to fund equipment, staff expenses, rent costs and overheads. (Currently closed).
  • Kent Trust for Youth Sport: grants provide financial assistance to purchase new kit or equipment, contribute towards sports development programmes, funding events and talented athletes.
  • Kent People’s Trust: Funds projects large or small which you believe will make a difference in preventing crime or reducing anti-social behaviour. Grants range from £50-£2,500.
  • Kent Sport Small Grants: Awards a Maximum grant of £400 for anything from sports equipment, travel and training costs.