Funding for Clubs

Funding for clubs is available from a variety of sources; both locally and nationally.

Getting Started

There are a number of areas that your management committee needs to address in advance of starting to plan a bid for funding.

What do you want the money for?

Is the project solely for sport – will it provide training and qualifications which would enhance a person’s employability? Will it improve the health and wellbeing of individuals / a community? Will it provide diversionary activities for young people at risk of offending? These questions will influence which funding source you approach.

Can you deliver the project?

Targets, outputs and outcomes included in a bid need to be achievable. If you have indicated that you will provide match / in-kind funding – are you able to do so? In addition the club must have all the evidence of good management, relevant policies and documents in place already.

Who will manage the project?

The award of a grant can be the start of hard work. There needs to be someone in your club who is capable of maintaining records, being the point of contact for the funder, and submitting all required paperwork within set timeframes. Failure to follow funders’ requirements could result in you having to pay the money back.

Grant making / Funding Organisations suitable for Sports Clubs:

  • Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All, plus other grant schemes, although not specifically for sport
  • Just Text Giving
    A completely free text donation service where registered charities can collect text donations
  • Lincolnshire Community Foundation
    Comic Relief – Support for funding for sport and disadvantaged communities
  • Lincolnshire County Council Grants
    Grants for community activities and facilities
  • Nesta Impact Investments
    Investment fund looking to invest in projects using technology to improve delivery or reduce costs and boost the health and wellbeing of an ageing population. Their minimum investment is £150,000.
  • Santander Community Plus
    Grants up to £5,000 to support charities helping disadvantaged people across the UK
  • Sport England
    A variety of sports funding including the Small Grants Scheme

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