Funding for clubs is available from a variety of sources; both locally and nationally.
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:
- Advice Services Transition Fund
Grants between £50,000 and £350,000 available for providers of advice services to give vital help to people and communities in welfare benefits, debt, housing and employment
- Ball Again – Organisations can apply for funding to start up a new Basketball Ball Again session or multiple sessions aimed at those aged 16+ and no longer in full time education.
- Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All, plus other grant schemes, although not specifically for sports
- Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
Enables charities to claim Gift Aid on small donations (up to £20) where it would be difficult to obtain donors’ personal information (e.g. bucket collections)
- Hilton Foundation
Grants made in support of projects for disabled or disadvantaged children
- IM Basketball – Organisations who want to encourage even more young people to play basketball for fun, affiliated clubs, associations, leagues, secondary schools, colleges and universities can access funding to promote regular, weekly participation amongst those aged 14-25 in education.
- 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 LCC grants team on 01522 782040
- National Prospectus Grants Programme
Grants between £100,000 and £750,000 for voluntary and community organisations improving outcomes for children, young people and families
- 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
- sportscoachuk’s Funding Opportunities for Coaching Top tips and information on funding grants across the country
- Sport England
A variety of sports funding including the Small Grants Scheme
- Sportivate – Active Lincolnshires Partnership
Grants for clubs to run sports taster sessions for 14 – 25 year olds, £40 per head allocated
- The Co-op Community Fund
Grants of up to £2000 made to community-based projects
- Wakeham Trust
Small grants made to registered charities in support of new community projects
Other Funding Information Sources:
- Funding for Athletes
- Funding for Communities
- Funding Opportunities for Coaching Guide – Sports coach UK in partnership with the English Coaching Network and SkillsActive has updated this guide which contains information on funding available in England to support coaching.
- Library Service Local main libraries have the Directory of Grant Making Trusts available for reference only containing information on 2,500 grant making trusts
- Volunteer Centres: Lincoln, North Kesteven, West Lindsey
- Lincolnshire County Council Funding Portal
- Lincolnshire Community Foundation
- Local Councils – District and County
- Active Lincolnshire