Funding information and opportunities

This section aims to provide information and guidance on sources of funding suitable for sports clubs, athletes, and community groups.

COVID-19 Support.

Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants

This £10 million fund focuses on awards of up to £10,000 that support clubs and community groups respond to the challenges of returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic. A total of £10 million is available, with grants of between £300 and £10,000, to help not-for-profit community organisations create coronavirus-secure settings for community sport and physical activity to resume this autumn.

The fund will have flexible priorities, to be able to best respond to the frequently changing challenges posed to community sport. Funding could  be used for minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and training courses to help you deliver your activities safely.

Find out more

Sport England Return To Play: Community Asset Fund

The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund is for new applications focused solely on helping support clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play. It’s designed to provide capital funding to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play this autumn.

  • Your project must be about addressing the challenges you’re now facing because of coronavirus and linked to a return to play. At this time, we’ll not be funding general capital works.
  • The minimum level of funding available is £10,001 – for anything less than this, please see the Return to Play: Small Grants fund.
  • The maximum level of funding available is £50,000

Find out more and apply

Active Together

Sport England and Crowdfunder have teamed up for the Active Together to make £1 millions of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Not for profit sports clubs and organisations or voluntary/charity organisations who deliver physical activity  as part of their work can set up a crowdfuding campaign and apply for up to £10,000 of match funding.

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Tackling Inequalities – Sport England funding

Through our involvement with disseminating National Lottery Funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities fund, Active Lincolnshire have been supporting groups of people across Lincolnshire whose levels of activity have been most negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The projects that have already received funding are having significant impact on the people involved, and we are pleased to be able to continue to further support community and voluntary organisations to get people moving more through continued investment. We are looking to work with charities, voluntary groups and sports clubs to support them to address and reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 on people’s activity levels following lockdown. Sport England data highlighted that there are widening gaps in activity levels across existing priority groups.  Please note this is not an open fund but we are interested in hearing from organisations and groups who are engaging with the following groups.

  • People from Lower Socio-Economic Groups (LSEG)
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Disabled People
  • People with long term health conditions

Find out more here.

Magic Little Grants 2021

This programme will run from 1st March 2021 to 31st October 2021 distributing £1m pounds worth of funding to 2,000 charitable organisations on Localgiving.

This funding can go towards any of the below projects:

Improving mental wellbeing
Enabling community participation in the arts
Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
Improving biodiversity and green spaces
Enabling participation in physical activity
Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability
Increasing community access to outdoor space

If your organisation is carrying out a project within these themes, make sure to get your applications in once the programme launches on 1st March 2021. The application process is short and simple, taking 10 minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2021.

Find out more here.

Football Foundation “Game on” Funding

Return to Football Fund – £2.1m targeted to support clubs in the highest areas of deprivation in England, disability football and groups underrepresented in football, including women and girls, to support the return to football or activities aimed at bringing new players to the game. The Foundation has identified the groups most affected by the lockdown, where participation in football has decreased the most, and will seek to target funding towards them.

Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund – A £14m fund opening on 15 March will provide six year tapered grants to improve the quality of grass pitches. Thousands of football matches are cancelled every year because of problems with grass pitches and these grants form a key part of the Foundation’s overall Grass Pitch Programme which hopes to improve at least 5000 pitches by June 2024.

Small Grants – A fund to help clubs pay for essential equipment and machinery they need to start playing again. Clubs can apply for up to £25k to refurbish their changing rooms, pay for grass pitch drainage, new goalposts, pitch maintenance equipment and portable floodlights.

Please click here to read more about the funds and apply

Local funding

Lincolnshire County Council Grants and Funding Four new grant funds for small businesses have been published, including the ‘business recovery fund’ these will be open for application from Friday 19 February 2021

Lincolnshire County Council’s Covid-19 Community Fund This Covid-19 Community Fund Scheme provides funding for local projects during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Grants

District Councillors are able to make awards of funding to support a wide range of community projects and activities. Follow the link below for more information on grants in your area.

West Lindsey

South Holland

North Kesteven

South Kesteven

Funding Links

Many of these funders have updated their funding to allow flexibility around the Coronavirus pandemic, and support for organisations.

Lincolnshire County Council Funding Portal

The Lincolnshire Funding Portal gives you free access to find grant schemes for your project or organisation. It allows you to search local and national sources of grants and funding and download the latest guidance notes and forms to apply. The portal is open to: charities, social enterprises, community groups, parish and town councils, religious organisations, community interest companies

Comic Relief Funding

Funding for Clubs

Funding for Athletes

Funding for Communities

Rural Services Network Funding

Sportivate Funding

Small Grants Funding (updated guidelines)

Inspired Facilities Funding

If you would like further information or have a question about funding for your sports-related project, please call Donna Sutton on 01522 730 325 or email

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