Funding for sport projects and groups

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Below is a list of ongoing grants focusing on sport.

Please note: the ongoing grants listed below do not represent all the funds available to groups.

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If you wish to make a key-word search, please click below on the relevant section, then press CTRL + F. In the search box that pops up,  write down the funding body or the name of the grant your are looking for.

 

Please note this page is reviewed monthly. For this reason, please always have a look at the funder’s websites for up-to-date information. If you know of other sources to be included below please email communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk.

Sport England - Small Grants Programme / Deadline: 31 March 2024

Grants of between £300 and £15,000 are available to help not-for-profit sports clubs, local authorities and schools in England to carry out local community sports projects and encourage more people to be involved in sport. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until 31 March 2024.

North Yorkshire – UK Shared Prosperity  Fund: Physical Activity, Sport, and Active Travel / deadline 30 September 2024

Grants of between £3k and £20k are available for constituted groups, registered charities, and other not-for-profit organisations across North Yorkshire to deliver projects and activities that help to extend access to physical activity, sport, and active travel. Deadline 30 September 2024 (may close earlier if all funds are allocated).

The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

The trust provide grants for the provision of leisure activities for the physically disabled in the UK. No minimum or maximum level of grant is specified. Charitable organisations (or equivalent groups) in the UK are eligible to apply. The Trustees will consider grant applications related to the provision of leisure activities for the disabled but favour applications where one or all of the following criteria are met:

  • The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users
  • Improved access for wheelchair users
  • A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users.

Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered quarterly.

Boost Charitable Trust

The Trust champions the disabled and disadvantaged and inspires them to overcome their challenges through sport. Who can apply: charities and non-profit making organisations that focus on sport. Funding is at the discretion of the trustees. Apply anytime.

Bowls England - Club Loans Scheme  (Capital Funding included)

Loans of up to £20,000 are available for bowls clubs in England to improve their facilities. A total fund of £650,000 is available to support clubs. Loans are available to clubs who have been affiliated with Bowls England for a minimum of three years. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Central Social and Recreational Trust (Capital Funding included)

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years. The trustees will consider applications above this figure in exceptional circumstances. Please note that Sports clubs and organisations that are affiliated to their governing body, ie Amateur Boxing Association of England, National Association of Clubs for Young People, Football Association, are eligible to apply. Apply any time.

Discretionary grants schemes - Yorkshire Cricket Board 

The Yorkshire Cricket Board have Two Discretionary Grant Aid Schemes:

  • An Emergency Relief Fund to help affiliated clubs:  Grants of up to 500 can be claimed
  • Discretionary Development Grant: The emphasis on this grant is support affiliated Clubs who are starting a junior section, with a particular focus on women & girls development and disability development. Clubs can claim up to 50% of project cost, to a maximum of £250.

England and Wales Cricket Board - County Grants Fund

Aims to support affiliated cricket clubs to create welcoming environments to provide enhanced facilities and playing opportunities, and to help clubs tackle the impact of climate change. Clubs can apply for up to one grant per ECB budget year (which runs form 1 February – 31 January). Clubs must have registered for All Stars or Dynamos in 2023; or be actively involved with Women’s and Girls’ Cricket and / or Disability Cricket. Clubs will not be able to apply for a second grant for the same project before 2025.

England and Wales Cricket Board - EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme  (Capital funding included)

Loans are available to cricket clubs in England for capital projects that help them build and ensure a sustainable future. The maximum loan available is £50,000.

  • Cricket clubs with a junior section can apply for £1,000 to £50,000
  • Cricket clubs without a junior section can apply for £1,000 to £20,000.

All loans are interest free. The loan period will be agreed during the application and acceptance process. The maximum loan period will be five years. Cricket clubs in England are eligible to apply for a loan. Apply any time.

Football Foundation - Large and Small Grants (Capital Funding included)

Grants are available for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing community football facilities in England. The grant size available depends on the type of investment that the club is applying for. Football Foundation support is generally of up to a maximum of £25,000. Match funding is required. The percentage depends on the type of investment that the club is applying for. Applications are accepted from football clubs and community sports organisations. Applications are accepted at any time.

Jordan Sinnott Foundation Trust

Grants up to £5,000 are available to clubs, community groups or teams in the UK to encourage vulnerable and underprivileged children and young adults to get active and enjoy taking part in sport.

Sport England (with Crowdfunding) – Active Together

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for not-for-profit community sport and physical activity groups in England who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to support those experiencing financial difficulty due to Covid-19, the emerging energy, cost of living or other local crisis. A total of £7.5 million is being made available. Grants of up to £10,000 can be awarded. Sport England will match up to 50% of the money raised by groups through Crowdfunder, up to a maximum of £10,000. Priority will be given to projects that are in the most deprived communities to ensure that funding reaches those most in need. Update: Sport England has published new eligibility and pledge criteria and new grant conditions.

Sport England: Places and Spaces (with Crowdfunding) (Capital funding included)

Grants for not-for-profit community sport and physical activity groups in England who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign to create, enhance or redevelop their sports facility for the benefit of the community as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games legacy. A total of £7 million is being made available. Grants range from £1 to £10,000. Sport England will match up to 50% of the money raised by groups through Crowdfunder, up to a maximum of £10,000. The funding is for capital (building or refurbishment) works that will enhance places and spaces within local communities across England. No closing date has been set.