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July 2019- Space to Connect- Coop Foundation

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect and co-operate.

There are two Space to Connect funding strands open for applications:

Enhance – grants for organisations that are already using a community space in an innovative and creative way, and that want to expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working to build a more secure future.

Explore – grants for organisations that want to start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use.

Learn more here

July 2019- West Sussex Crowd- New Round Announced

West Sussex County Council's crowdfunding programme, the West Sussex Crowd, is open for community-led projects to come forward and be part of their upcoming funding round. Projects that make a positive impact on people’s wellbeing and support The West Sussex Plan are encouraged to come forward! There is a £140,000 pot in total with pledges of up to £5,000 available to any project that starts a crowdfunding campaign on Spacehive, the UK's dedicated platform for civic improvement.

In advance of the autumn crowdfunding deadline, West Sussex County Council are running an interactive workshop on Wednesday 24 July for people interested in becoming project creators. You will:

  • Learn more about the West Sussex Crowd and the Community Initiative Fund
  • Find out about other funds supporting projects locally
  • Get advice on creating your campaign plan
  • Explore how to promote your project successfully

Whether your project idea is big or small, this is your chance to make a real difference in your local area through The West Sussex Crowd.

Register Here

June 2019- Micro Fund launched

For community groups seeking grants of up to £750

One year on from the launch of West Sussex Crowd, the Micro Fund has been introduced to support small-scale projects as an alternative to the crowdfunding approach following feedback.

Small groups with low project costs are able to apply directly to the county council for a grant of no more than £750 by completing a paper-based application form. The new initiative has replaced the former Small Grants Fund which maintained similar funding limitations.

County Local Committees (CLCs) have the authority to allocate up to 30% of their total Community Initiative Fund budget to projects applying to the Micro Fund.

Applications will be considered in the same way as those submitted through West Sussex Crowd at CLC meetings.

Groups can apply more than once during the financial year, yet the CLC will strictly consider awarding one grant per project only.

For more information and to request an application form  email: or phone 033 022 25075

April 2019 - New Horsham District Community Lottery

NEW Horsham District Community Lottery - get involved!

Horsham District Council is currently in the process of setting up a new community lottery to raise additional funds to support local charities, community and voluntary groups across the Horsham District.
The lottery will be launched to the public in September 2019

Lottery ticket buyers can choose from an online list the community group they want their money to go to.

This is where you come in!

We are asking local charities and community groups to nominate themselves to benefit from local lottery ticket proceeds.

What’s the benefit to you?

Participating community groups will get:

  • Your own promotional webpage on the dedicated community lottery website.
  • You will receive at least 50% of all ticket sales from supporters that sign up on your page.
  • There are no charges for this service. All you need to do is shout about the new lottery to your supporters and community.

What do you have to do?

First of all you need to decide whether you wish to be one of the District charities / community groups that are promoted on the lottery website to receive a share of the money raised.

We will then ask you to encourage your supporters to join in. They would be helping you and they could also win a weekly prize and/or the £25,000 jackpot!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Horsham District Community Lottery and how you can get involved please complete the short form below and return it to us by Friday 21 June. NB:Don’t worry if you miss this deadline - it just helps us to manage the roll out of this new and exciting process.

What happens next?

We are developing the new website and gathering expressions of interest over the coming weeks. We will then hold an information event for charities and voluntary groups in July when we open up the official sign up process.  The Community Lottery will be launched to the public in September.

Once we have received your expression of interest we will contact you with further details.

So, over to you!

Express your interest here!

January 2019- Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefit to the community.

Bags of Help is always open for applications from charities and community organisations. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Learn more on the Groundowork website here

January 2019- Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects

This fund is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Any not for profit organisation with a turnover under £300,000 can apply.

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for activities, trips and residential breaks.

Learn more on their website

January 2019- Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation raises funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK.  They work with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000.All applications are reviewed individually on a quarterly basis – the review dates are in February, May, August and November.

Learn more on their webiste here

January 2019- Comic Relief Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine

Deadline: 22 March 2019

Comic Relief are excited to launch this funding opportunity focused on community action for early childhood development – to help make sure that all children have the best possible start, and become happy, healthy and confident individuals.

The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school.

Comic Relief will make investments of up to £150,000 for three to five years. If you're considering making an application, ensure you read their updated guidance notes carefully.

Click here to find out more

January 2019- The Big Lottery Fund UK’s Largest Community Funder to Change Name

The UK’s largest community funder, ‘The Big Lottery Fund’ which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players, will from 29th January change its name and be called The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Fund has been working to put people and communities at the heart of its grantmaking since introducing its People in the Lead Strategic Framework in 2015. Last year alone the Big Lottery Fund gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to community projects across the UK. Over 11,000 projects benefited from this, enabling people and communities to bring their ideas to life.

Changing the name to The National Lottery Community Fund makes it clearer what the organisation is and does and will support the long-term health of The National Lottery. Aligning the Fund’s name will help players understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket, underlining ambitions to see returns to good causes grow.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, says: “Groups and charities use our funding, be it £500 or £500,000, to bring people together, make good things happen and help their communities to thrive. We want to make sure that as many people as possible understand who we are, what we do, and how National Lottery funding could help them make a difference in their community.

“That’s why we’re looking forward to starting 2019 – when we will also be celebrating The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday – as The National Lottery Community Fund.”

To find out more visit

January 2019- Alec Dickson Trust

The Trust is passionate about volunteering and about young people making a difference.  Grants of up to £500 are available.

Grants are available for projects in the applicant’s local area that involve local people and can demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.

Preference is given to supporting innovative projects.

Applications are invited from individuals aged 30 and under and from small groups of young people in the UK.

Recipients are expected to report on how any support was used and how it helped to fulfil the aims of the project.

Application Form: Available to download from the website along with the guidance.

Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered on a quarterly basis.

Contact: Alec Dickson Trust, 18-24 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, E5 0PD


Find out more here

December 2018 - Veolia Environmental Trust

Grants of £10,000 – £75,000 are available for capital improvement projects in one of the following categories:

* community buildings and rooms: e.g. community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, Scout or Girl guiding buildings
* outdoor spaces: e.g. public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths
* play and recreation: e.g. play areas, skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms.

Projects must be open to the wider general public for at least 104 days a year and have a total cost of under £250,000. You must have already secured at least 20% of the total cost.

Grants must go to work close to Veolia operations. Currently, only certain parts of the country are eligible.

Check their postcode checker to see if you are in an eligible area 

The next deadline is 28th February 2019.

Find out more more on their website here

December 2018 - Funding Help for Clubs to Celebrate the Cricket World Cup

For the first time in 20 years, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup (2019 CWC) will be returning to England and Wales and with it – the promise of one of the most exciting cricketing summers in a generation.

To mark this momentous occasion, the ICC and ECB have announced a special programme for clubs to celebrate the CWC, with the aim to engage one million kids throughout the tournament.

Clubs will be given the opportunity to apply to become a Cricket World Cup Club, put on a family day to celebrate with their local community and engage a whole new audience through the excitement of the tournament.

The fund will see at least the first 2,000 ECB-affiliated clubs who register having the opportunity to receive a £1,000 grant to help digitise or upgrade catering facilities or assist them with their CWC 2019 family day.

Find out more on the ECB Website here

To register your ECB-affiliated club click here

December 2018 - Grants to Fund Fight for Equality

Grants of up to £500 are available to support activities to make football and its structures inclusive to all, and to increase the participation and representation of LGBT+ people in football.

Playing activities and tournaments can be supported in countries where LGBT+ people still face significant barriers to participation. Applicants should also consider hosting events that aim to deepen LGBT+ inclusion. This could include the production of educational resources, or creating debates around LGBT+ topics that have been marginalised.

Louise Englefield, Director of Football v Homophobia, said: “The partnership with Fare has helped us build an international campaign tackling anti-LGBT+ discrimination in football.

“This year we are hoping for applications that will help us move the agenda on to the next stage. We want applicants to think about how LGBT+ people are marginalised within their own football communities and what actions they can take to make a real difference.”

Piara Powar, Fare Executive Director, said: “Many LGBT+ people still face violence, discrimination and exclusion from mainstream society. This can be amplified in Football. February is an important period to drive change across Europe.”

The application process is now open funtil 18.00 (CET) 27th December 2018. Applicants will be informed by December 31st.

All activities should be implemented during February 2019.

To apply click here

For more information about the campaign click here

December 2018 - Subsidised Defibrillators for Football Clubs

Less than 1 in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK.

You can help beat those odds by applying for a defibrillator.

The FA and The BHF have worked in partnership to award a grant for two-thirds of the cost of a defibrillator. This means your club will only pay £318 (+VAT)

The scheme has already placed 640 defibrillators in football clubs across the UK and they now have 900 more available for clubs in the National League System, Women’s Pyramid of Football Clubs and Charter Standard Clubs. So, this is a great opportunity to get one for your club.

Although Phase 2 is closed, people can register for Phase 3 and will be notified when this phase opens.

To find out more click here;

Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) also offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35.

To find out more about this click here;

December 2018 - Clothworkers Foundation

The Clothworkers Foundation awards capital grants to charities and certain other not-for-profit which work in one of their programme areas;

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • People with Disabilities
  • Disadvantaged Young People
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Disadvantaged Minority Communities
  • Older People
  • Homelessness
  • Prisoners and Ex-offenders
  • Visual Impairment

You can apply for a grant under their Main Grants Programme, which is for UK charities with an annual income of less than £15m, or our Small Grants Programme which is for UK charities with an income of less than £250,000.

The fund;

  • Building – For example purchase, construction, renovation and/or refurbishment.
  • Fixtures, Fittings and Equipment – For example office equipment, sports or gym equipment, digital or audio visual equipment, security equipment, camping equipment, garden equipment, specialist therapeutic (excluding medical) equipment. Soft or hard furnishings, bathroom/kitchen fittings and fixtures.
  • Vehicles: For example minibus, car, caravan, people-carrier, 4X4.

Find out more on their website

December 2018 - Crowdfunding Helping to Build an Active Nation

Sport England has teamed up with Crowdfunder to set up a special pilot that will help more than 20 projects across the country raise vital funds.

Community sport and physical activity projects will be able to unlock partnership funding by crowdfunding part of their costs.

Crowdfunding Towards an Active Nation has seen 23 projects invited to take part and raise funds from the general public - and Sport England will match however much they raise up to £15,000.

All the selected projects are already in receipt of funding from the Community Asset Fund (CAF), which is dedicated to enhancing spaces such as canal towpaths and open spaces and has already received more than 3,000 applications.

To enable Sport England to help as many projects as possible, these 23 projects have received a portion of their requested funding via CAF before also being invited to crowdfund.

SE executive director of property, Charles Johnston, is excited by the opportunities crowdfunding can bring.

“We strive to ensure that any projects we invest in are financially sustainable so they can benefit their community for years to come, and often refer applicants to further sources of funding,” he said.

“The partnership with Crowdfunder is one of many ways we are learning how projects can ensure maximum success with fundraising, so we can better support them to raise investment."

Crowdfunder is the UK's number one rewards based crowdfunding platform and has helped raise more than £55 million for community, charity and enterprise projects across the UK.

Ten projects have already launched so far, with more than £40,000 being raised to date. To view all the projects and pledge support visit the site.

Read more

November 2018 - £15m Investment in Cycling to Provide ‘Lasting Legacy’ from 2019 UCI Championship

The government has pledged to invest £15m in improving community cycling facilities across the UK, as part of plans to provide a “lasting legacy” from next year’s UCI Road World Championships.

Working with British Cycling, the funding will be delivered by Sport England with a focus on building multi-use facilities around the country.

The programme aims to engage a broad spectrum of cyclists – with an emphasis on helping young people learn to ride.

A small grants fund will be part of the investment, which will be open for applications from late November (2018).

The announcement comes with a year to go until the UCI Road World Championships will take place in Yorkshire.

“The investment will provide more facilities such as tracks and bike centres, where people can ride confidently and safely as well as access to essential equipment they need to have a go,” said Charles Johnston, Sport England’s director of property.

“The investment will ensure that anyone inspired to cycle after watching the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will have safe and accessible opportunities to do so in their local area.”

The £15m investment in cycling facilities across the UK will further boost the sport at the grassroots and encourage more people to take part and get active.

Cycling participation has grown rapidly in recent years, with British Cycling reporting a 150 per cent increase in members in the four years after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

November 2018 - Nationwide Community Grants

Deadline: Friday 7 December

The Sussex Community Foundation have a new fund, Nationwide Community Grants. The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards up to £500,000 across eight UK regions annually and is looking for local housing projects that will strengthen the local community by supporting the most vulnerable, finding new approaches to increasing the supply of housing or by reinventing renting for both tenants and landlords.

Charities, community land trusts and housing co-operatives can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to make a change in the local area. The applications will be reviewed and voted on by a regional community board, made up of Nationwide members, colleagues and local housing charities.

And it’s more than just money, the funded projects will also get community and volunteering support.

More info

November 2018 - Sport England Makes Changes to It’s Small Grants Application Process

Sport England’s approach to their Small Grants process has changed.

They want to make applying for funding as simple as possible to have the greatest possible impact in communities across England, in line with their strategy.

The application form will now be easier to complete and they have relaxed a few rules about what we cannot fund e.g. the focus of your application will be more about what difference your project will make, not what you purchase to make it happen.

It will also no longer matter if your project takes more than 12 months to deliver and you can spread your funding over three years, if required. In addition they will be happy to contribute our funding to bigger projects. Finally they will be doing more to support organisations who traditionally do not seek funding from us but who are able to support inactive people become active.

Read their new small-grants-guide-2018 here

Find out more about Sport England’s Small Grants on their website here

November 2018 - Grants for Green Spaces

Taken from the ‘My Community’ website as a list of grants that funds green spaces: Grants for Green Spaces

Find out more on the 'My Community' Website here

November 2018 - Central Social and Recreational Trust

Grants are available for sports clubs and organisations in the UK 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.

In order to secure a grant please consider the following:-

  • All young people who are to benefit must be under 21 years of age and belong to a club/organisation based in England. The Trustees will consider the application where the majority are under 21, but will not consider grants for individuals.
  • The Trustees will consider grants for equipment for the use of all members of the club. Individual items will not be considered i.e. personal items of kit such as gum shields, shorts, vests etc.
  • The Trustees will consider grants to assist in the maintenance of properties as long as the property is owned by the club or there is a significant lease period
  • The Trustees may attach conditions to a grant e.g. conditional on match funding
  • The Trustees will only pay suppliers directly. It is therefore necessary for the clubs to obtain a written quotation/invoice from the supplier.
  • Economic or social circumstances surrounding the beneficiaries of the grant
  • What has the applicant done to fulfil the need from other sources?
  • Only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body i.e. Amateur Boxing Association of England; National Association of Clubs for Young People; Football Association etc. will be considered for a grant.
  • Grants will generally be no more than £1000 although the Trustees will consider applications above this figure in exceptional circumstances.

Please note that the Central Social and Recreational Trust has only limited amounts of funding to be allocated each year and may not be able to meet all applications therefore priority will be given to the following applications for equipment for 2016-2018:- Amateur Boxing Clubs, Amateur Martial Arts clubs and Youth Services providing a social and community service.

Find out more on the CSRT website here

November 2018 - Get the Most Out of Your Local Authority

Clubs are operating in a challenging environment due to local government spending cuts and authorities have more incentive to sell or close facilities which are used by clubs. In some areas funding and support for sport and recreation is being drastically reduced.

Local authorities have a central role to play when it comes to the provision of community sport and recreation facilities, and are responsible for the health of local people.

Despite their duty to promote healthy lifestyles, there is no legal requirement for local authorities to provide facilities. To help you and your clubs get the most out of your local authority the ‘Sport and Recreational Alliance’  put together some guidance on:

To view these click the links above.

November 2018 - HSBC Golf Roots Plus

The purpose of an HSBC Golf Roots Plus project is to support local groups and organisations working with young people where involvement in golf may provide an alternative and positive focus.

HSBC Golf Roots Plus may be used as a diversion to antisocial behaviour or as an inspirational activity that provides an opportunity for young people to experience the wide and varied benefits of golf. A focus on ‘Skills for Life’ must underpin each project and should aim to enhance young people’s lives through the catalyst of golf. Projects intended for young people with special needs or disabilities are also encouraged to apply. The project should be coordinated by a local delivery partner such as a youth service, local authority, police service, ‘Kicks’ project or partnership of schools. The local delivery partner should be the applicant.

Grants available up to £1,500.

Find out more on the Golf Foundation website here

October 2018 - BBC Children in Need Announce 2018 Deadlines

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme which accepting applications for large grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years, has announced it’s 2018 deadlines.

View these on the BBC website here

October 2018 - Big Lottery Fund to Change Name in Early 2019

The Big Lottery Fund, which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players, has announced that from 30 January 2019 it will be called The National Lottery Community Fund. Last year alone the Big Lottery Fund gave out over half a billion pounds of National Lottery funding to community projects across the UK, benefitting more than 11,000 projects.

The Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, Dawn Austwick, explained that changing the name to The National Lottery Community Fund would makes it clearer what the organisation is and does and will support the long-term health of The National Lottery. Aligning the Fund’s name will help players understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket, underlining ambitions to see returns to good causes grow.

Commenting, Dawn Austwick said:

“Groups and charities use our funding, be it £500 or £500,000, to bring people together, make good things happen and help their communities to thrive. We want to make sure that as many people as possible understand who we are, what we do, and how National Lottery funding could help them make a difference in their community.

“That’s why we’re looking forward to starting 2019 – when we will also be celebrating The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday – as The National Lottery Community Fund.”

October 2018 - HSBC Golf Roots Plus

The purpose of an HSBC Golf Roots Plus project is to support local groups and organisations working with young people where involvement in golf may provide an alternative and positive focus.

HSBC Golf Roots Plus may be used as a diversion to antisocial behaviour or as an inspirational activity that provides an opportunity for young people to experience the wide and varied benefits of golf. A focus on ‘Skills for Life’ must underpin each project and should aim to enhance young people’s lives through the catalyst of golf. Projects intended for young people with special needs or disabilities are also encouraged to apply. The project should be coordinated by a local delivery partner such as a youth service, local authority, police service, ‘Kicks’ project or partnership of schools. The local delivery partner should be the applicant.

Grants are available up to £1,500 via the Golf foundation.

Deadline 14 December.

Find out more on the Golf Foundation website here

October 2018 - Sporting Capital Fund

Funding is available to incorporated organisations based and operating in England to deliver projects using sport and sporting facilities that generate sustainable revenue and deliver long-term community impact.

Unsecured loans of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available to a range of organisations including community organisations, social enterprises, charities or profit-with-purpose businesses that are incorporated or planning to do so before investment.

The aim of the fund is to invest in organisations that make a difference by developing people and communities through sport, helping them to become financially sustainable. Loans are provided to help organisations, either now or in the future, to:

  • Deliver community-based services to meet the needs of local people, either using sport as a tool, or using a community sports setting to deliver services.
  • Have a sustainable business model that generates revenues through trading that support the organisation’s activities.

Funding can be used for a wide range of projects that use sport, or sporting facilities, to benefit local communities including:

  • Equipment to support revenue streams.
  • Recruitment, training and deployment of staff and volunteers.
  • Equipment to support business functions including finance, project management and governance.
  • Other operating costs.

A total of £3 million is available and the funder expects to invest into around 30 projects until June 2020.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Find out more on the Sporting Capital website here

October - Peoples Health Trust

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

It’s for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. Peoples Health Trust are looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

They’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this they mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

They run a two stage application process that begins with an online form. There’s step by step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, please call them on 020 7749 9100 or email them on

The geographical areas when funding is available changes throughout the year.

Find out more and when the funding is open in your area on the Peoples Health Trust website here

September 2018 - Aviva Community Fund is Now Open

The Aviva Community Fund is now open closing on the 9th October 2018.

This award is a chance for your club to get funding for an important cause in your community.

All you have to do is submit a project for your community club, group or organisation.

Find out more on the Community Fund website here

September 2018 - Free Playing Kit and Equipment Available to Schools Through Premier League Primary Stars

Free football kit and equipment is being made available to primary schools across England and Wales.

The Premier League Primary Stars programme is a national curriculum-linked education initiative, designed to inspire children to learn, engage and be active. Using the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs, the programme provides ways for teachers to inspire girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.

The Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment scheme offers primary schools the opportunity to apply for free resources which can be used for active classroom sessions, PE lessons and for school sports teams. The scheme is run in partnership with Nike and delivered by the Football Foundation.

The application window is open until Friday 26 October.

Successful primary schools can expect to receive their kit or equipment from distributor, Kitlocker, in the summer term 2019.

  • This year’s application window is open until Friday 26 October 2018.
  • If your application is successful, you will receive a notification during the week commencing Monday 5 November 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be sent a redemption code and link to an online portal to select their kit or equipment. They will need to claim this by Friday 21 December 2018.
  • Once processed, your school will receive the kit or equipment May–June 2019. (Exact delivery times will be confirmed with you.)

Find out more on their website here

September 2018 - Tampon Tax Community Fund for Women and Girls is Now Open

The Tampon Tax Community Fund will be delivered locally across the UK through a partnership between the UK Community Foundations and its local Community Foundation members.

The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to local projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls across the UK.

The Fund aims to support women and girls who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The programme will invest in a wide variety of projects that meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence, for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.
  • Improving health and well-being, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.
  • Building social networks, for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be available to support volunteer expenses, activity costs, and project staff/sessional staff costs.

Priority will be given to:

  • Women and girl organisations.
  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support.
  • Organisations working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages.
  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.
  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to the people they are helping.

Registered UK charities, constituted community groups, companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims, community interest companies, co-operatives, credit unions and social enterprises can all apply.

The Fund closes at midday on 26 October 2018.

Find out more on the UK Community Foundations website here

September 2018 - Magic Little Grants

Online giving site Localgiving has teamed up with the Postcode Community Trust to provide over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups (income must be below £50,000 a year, and groups below £20,000 will be prioritised)

Projects need to meet either of the following themes:

  • Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
  • Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities

As part of the grant, organisations who are not currently members of Localgiving will also be awarded an annual Localgiving membership, worth £96, that will enable them to benefit from its online fundraising support and services. This site is unusual in that it claims gift aid for groups that aren’t charities (provided they’ve got charitable aims).

Closing date is 31st October 2018. Awards will be made monthly up to then.

Find out more on their website here

September 2018 - Funding for Local Projects that Help the Armed Forces Community in the UK

The Local Grants Programme is provided through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, an enduring fund with £10 million available each year to support projects that address specific priorities.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for UK-based projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Proposed projects must:

  • Help integrate armed forces and civilian communities across the UK, and/or
  • Deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community.

And should identify one of the following as their focus:

  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Education and employability.
  • Events and commemorations.

Applications are invited from registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, schools, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unit Identification Number). All organisations should:

  • Have experience and a track record of working with the Armed Forces Community, as well as a real understanding of the issues facing the Armed Forces Community.
  • Be able to provide evidence of real engagement and partnership working – with either an armed forces charity or an armed forces unit.
  • Work closely with their Local Covenant Partnerships to ensure projects that are properly connected locally, respond to recognised need and do not duplicate other provisions.

Successful applications have the chance to benefit from the Covenant Fund’s Digital Development Programme.

Applications are assessed four times per year.

The deadline for the third round is 30 September 2018 (12pm).

Find out more here

September 2018 - Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

Money levied from the soft drinks industry will soon be available for schools to improve sports facilities and promote healthy living.

Last year, the UK Government announced that its Soft Drinks Industry Levy would come into force in 2018. The levy will tax the soft drinks industry on any product with a sugar content over 5g per 100ml.

The measure is part of a strategy to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle amongst young people in order to tackle rising rates of obesity and type two diabetes.

The levy is expected to raise around £520 million a year and in England it will be targeted at improving health and fitness of children in primary schools.

What can the Sugar Tax be used for?

The government has allocated money from the levy specifically for:

  • Sports facilities, including pitches, sports halls, gymnasiums and multi-use games areas
  • Changing facilities
  • Playgrounds
  • Kitchens and dining facilities
  • Benefits for your academy

Not only can Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) and schools offer children better sports facilities and extra-curricular activities but they could generate revenue by offering evening and weekend use to the wider community.

Sugar Tax money will be available through the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) and academies will be able to apply through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for project funding.

Condition Improvement Fund criteria will apply to the HPCF, so large MATs will automatically be allocated HPCF funding.

The Department for Education have published details of the allocations of the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund, as well as guidance and terms and conditions of the funding

The documents, which are housed on the DfE website outline that the funding will be going to local authorities and multi-academy trusts, who will then distribute out to schools they are responsible for.

The Department for Education have given responsible bodies the flexibility to make decisions based on the health and wellbeing needs and priorities in their communities. Schools requiring more information on how the funding will be distributed in their area should contact their local authority or multi-academy trust.

Find out more here

September 2018 - Sussex Police Crime and Commissioners Fund

Organisations across Sussex are being invited to bid for funding from the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for groups that provide a positive and lasting impact on the local community in Sussex.

To qualify, projects should demonstrate how they will increase or promote community safety within the local community and have a positive long-term impact. They should also be able to offer evidence to support the need for the project and show how it helps to prevent offending and reduce re-offending.

The window for receiving applications will open on Monday 6 August and will close on Friday 14 September 2018 at 11:59pm.

Click here for more information and to apply

September 2018 - UEFA Call for Projects to Support Vulnerable Children

The UEFA Foundation for Children has launched its annual call to find and fund organisations which use sport to help vulnerable young people.

The invite is open to any organisation that proposes practical measures to help children, in particular in the areas of access to sport, health, education, employment, personal development and supporting the most vulnerable. The UEFA Foundation for Children will then fund the projects, which can based anywhere in the world.

Every year, the UEFA Foundation for Children issues a call for projects.
Those projects seek to achieve the foundation’s objectives – i.e. to help children by providing support in the following areas:

  • health;
  • education;
  • access to sport;
  • personal development;
  • integration of minorities;
  • protection of children’s rights.

In order to achieve those objectives, the foundation establishes programmes involving football or sport in general, either running its own projects or working in partnership with other entities.

The foundation may advise, work with or support any organisation or project that has similar goals or seeks to provide development aid.

It may also provide humanitarian or emergency assistance, acting alone or in partnership with other organisations.

The Board of Trustees will assess all projects, consulting with external parties where necessary, before deciding on its allocation of funding.

Decisions will be taken at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees. Outside of that framework, the foundation’s statutes provide for the use of exceptional decision-making mechanisms in emergency situations.

Applications are invited from organisations anywhere in the world, with the deadline for applications on September 14.

Find out more on their website here

September 2018 - Aviva Community Fund to Re-open this September

The Aviva Community Fund opens for entries on 11th September 2018.

This award is a chance for your club to get funding for an important cause in your community.

All you have to do is submit a project for your community club, group or organisation.

Find out more on their website here

August 2018 - DW Nye 'Proud to Be Local'

A Horsham builder’s merchant is asking residents to nominate local groups and charities they would like to see receive £500. D.W. Nye, based at Kingsfold, has launched the third instalment of its ‘Proud to be Local’ campaign. Throughout August nominations can be made and the decision will be made by public vote in September.

To make a nomination, simply email details of the cause and how the £500 would be used to Alternatively, nominations can be sent to D.W. Nye Proud to be Local c/o PMW Communications, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst RH14 9HP. Please ensure a contact name and telephone number is included. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Sunday 26th August 2018.

Click here for more information.

August 2018 - Rugby League Set for World Cup Legacy Boost

Rugby League in England is set for a major financial boost as part of the Rugby League World Cup ‘Inspired by 2021’ legacy programme.

England hosts the competition in 2021 and there will be £10 million investment of government money to help the sport grow and become more visible, engaging and welcoming to current and potential participants.

The funding will be split into large transformational community projects, for example refurbishing changing rooms and installing new artificial pitches, and smaller-scale projects such as supplying new kit or equipment to clubs.

For example, the Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £15,000 for the provision of capital items, kit and equipment or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

  • The types of facilities we will consider awarding a grant for include:
  • Rugby Posts and post protectors
  • Kit and equipment such as balls, Junior tackle bags and sports Wheelchairs.
  • Storage and equipment for maintenance and lighting
  • Small-scale site improvements such as new Fencing, better building access, etc.

All investment will focus on four key areas: creating welcoming environments, encouraging more players, building community engagement and cultivating further investment resulting in an innovation fund for the community game.

Find out more on the Rugby League website here

Interested parties can pre-register their funding application here.

August 2018 - Major Funding Boost for College Sport

A further £760,000 of National Lottery money will be invested by us to get more college students active. The funding will be spread over two years and AoC Sport will invest in projects which engage inactive students in sport and physical activity.

The National Lottery funding will run from 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2020.

In keeping with the ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy, Sport England has given a clear steer that AoC Sport should be investing in projects which engage inactive students in sport and physical activity.

Find out more on the AOC sport website here

August 2018 - Postcode Dream Fund

The Dream Fund supports charities to develop innovative solutions to society’s most challenging problems. Applications that can score highly in their originality, ambition and collaborative nature stand the highest chances of being successful.

The Dream Fund accepts applications that meet one of the following five funding priorities:

  • Changing lives through early intervention
  • Ending loneliness and social isolation
  • Protecting Britain’s biodiversity
  • Sustainable systems change
  • Transforming society through sport

Find out more on their website here

July 2018 - Building Connections Fund

Following the Prime Minister’s wider endorsement of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations on Loneliness in January 2018, the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness.

The £11.5 million Building Connections Fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation which was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness.

The fund aims to:

  • increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected
  • support organisations to build on their existing work, eg by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people
  • encourage organisations to join up with others locally
  • improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions.

Find out more on the Big Lottery Fund website here

July 2018 - KIA Giving Away Puma Football Kit

Kia dealerships across the nation are selecting local football clubs to gift a brand new full set of PUMA Football kit to.

Find out more on the Kia website here

July 2018 - Cash4Clubs

Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500, £750, £1000 and £10,000 available, Cash 4 Clubs gives away real money that can help clubs.

Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports National Governing Body or local authority.

Funding is given to clubs on a discretionary basis, with a wide range of applications considered.  Whether it’s an underwater camera for monitoring swimming technique, the re-surfacing of a tennis court, new kit for your rugby or netball team or extra training for your coaches, there is a very open policy to what they will consider.

Grants are available for £500,£750 and £1000. However this year, they mark their 10th birthday, by giving one special club £10,000.

Find out more on their website here

June 2018 - Biffa Awards for Recreation: November Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted for consideration in February 2019.

Recreation is part of Biffa Awards’ Main Grants Programme which aims to provide or improve biodiversity, community spaces, cultural facilities, and places for outdoor recreation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Not-for-profit organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 as long as their projects have a total cost of less than £200,000, inclusive of VAT.

The Recreation theme aims to support projects which will benefit people within their free time. Many projects under this theme also have elements of the other Biffa Award themes within them. Please note that Biffa Award tends to receive more applications under this theme than others. Projects which fall within this description will be registered under the ENTRUST category D.

Examples of projects that fall under this category are green spaces, woodland walks, nature reserves, play areas, community gardens and building works or improvements to clubhouse facilities, that can demonstrate multi-usage within the wider community, and that they are not for the sole use of the sports club or any other organisation.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Be located within five miles of a significant Biffa Group Limited operation or 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site.
  • Be within 10 miles of any landfill site in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Be open for a minimum of 104 days of full public access each year.

The funding is to be used for site-based improvement work, not for movable equipment, storage facilities or staff as core costs. Recreation grants cannot fund sporting related projects, including but not limited to floodlighting.

There is a two-stage application process.

The next deadline for Expression of Interest forms is 5 November 2018 (12 noon) for the February 2019 board meeting.

Find out more on the Biffa website here

June 2018 - Les Mills Fund for Children

Les Mills Fund for Children award the funds they raise to registered charities and accountable non-profit organisations who they believe will do their most to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-16. Your work may focus on one or more of these areas:

  1. Living in poverty
  2. Physical and mental health problems
  3. Health and wellbeing
  4. Living with disability

Amount Available up to £5,000.

Find out more on their website here

June 2018 - Warburtons Accepting Community Grants Applications for August Deadline

Very small grants to support not-for-profit projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and will be of real direct benefit to families across England, Wales and Scotland.

This well-known family run bakery business provides grants of up to £250 to not-for-profit organisations with charitable purposes only that are delivering work that aligns to Warburtons priorities and which has a direct and tangible impact.

The funding is for projects that focus on supporting families that need help the most and fit with Warburtons’ priorities which are to:

  • Work with those who need support within the social areas defined.
  • Focus on support that fits with its principles of Transparency, Trust and Transformation.
  • Work with families facing challenges.
  • Help families with opportunities

To be eligible, projects must be in line with the following social themes:

  • Challenges:
    • Health – help families lead healthier lifestyles.
    • Financial stability – help families manage their finances.
    • Worklessness – help families recognise the economic and social benefits of employment.
  • Opportunities:
    • Health education – help educate families about healthy lifestyles (no Project Grants).
    • Aspiration – help raise career aspirations to improve prospects for them and their families.
    • Employability and skills – help raise employment prospects for family members seeking employment.

Community grants can be used for something specific that will benefit the cause the organisation supports, such as buying equipment or supporting a community day.

Not-for-profit organisations with charitable purposes that are operating in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

Organisations should be targeting key social issues and be able to provide evidence of the impact of their work.

Applications are considered four times a year.

The next deadline for applications in the 2017/18 cycle is 15 August 2018.

Find out more on their website here

May 2018 - People’s Postcode Trust

Since 2009, People’s Postcode Trust has awarded more than £14m to over 1800 projects across Great Britain. In 2017 People’s Postcode Trust awarded just over £3.2 million to over 230 organisations working to make a difference for people across the country.

The People’s Postcode Trust aims to make the UK a better place for both people and the planet.The Trust acts within six fields of operation:

  • Poverty Prevention
  • Advancement of Health (not research)
  • Community Development
  • Public Sports
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Protection

Amounts available: £500 to £10,000

Find out more on their website here

May 2018 - One Stop Stores: Carriers for Causes

One Stop has partnered with the charity Groundwork to deliver ‘Carriers for Causes’ grants that are funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop Stores in England, Wales and Scotland. They offer grants of up to £2,000 available to give good causes within a two mile radius of any of their stores. The grants will be available to support projects that benefit local communities – helping to improve lives and local places.

Find out more and apply for funding on the Groundwork website here

May 2018 - BlueSpark Foundation

Grants are available for schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities.

Find out more on the Bluespark Foundation website here

April 2018 - Sporting Capital Fund

Sporting Capital has been formed through a pioneering partnership between Sporting Assets and the Access Foundation and is funded through the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

Sporting Capital funds organisations that make a difference to individuals and communities through sport. Their investments are focused on helping these organisations to become more sustainable through developing new, and scaling existing, revenue streams.

The Sporting Capital Fund offers loans of between £50,000 and £150,000 to eligible projects in the form of a simple, repayable and unsecured loan, and is aimed at supporting and sustaining healthy and resilient communities with sport and physical activity at their heart.

Find out more on their website here

Find out more about the Sport Capital Fund launch in Leeds earlier this month by the Sports Minister here

April 2018 - Fund Supporting Summer Play Schemes is Open for Applications

Each year the Hilden Charitable Fund allocates a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children aged five to 18 years in the UK.

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 to support the following:

  • Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
  • Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks.
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups.

Applications are invited from voluntary agencies in the UK with an income of less than £150,000.

The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2018.

To find out more on their website here

April 2018 - Comic Relief: Safe, Secure and Settled Fund

As part of its Sport for Change programme, Comic Relief has launched this new £4 million fund with the aim of improving the lives of young people (up to 25 years) that lack a safe or secure place to live and help them gain the skills and resources to lead safe and positive lives. The funding will support projects in UK, India, South Africa, Brazil and Kenya.

Comic Relief is keen to support a wide variety of projects from a diverse range of organisations.

Projects should take a creative approach, use sport as a tool for social change in their approach and contribute to at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people increase and/or sustain their engagement with education.
  • Children and young people have increased pathways into training or employment.
  • More children and young people have a safe and supportive network or trusted place to go for advice.
  • Children and young people increase life skills, for example money management, daily living skills, legal rights, problem solving, creative thinking, communication, interpersonal relationships, mindfulness, assertiveness, empathy, coping with stress, trauma and loss, resilience.

Proposals will need to:

  • Go above and beyond confidence building and be able to demonstrate how sport can be used to achieve positive social change.
  • Demonstrate wider social outcomes and not just focus on increasing participation in sport for the physical health benefits.

Find out more on the Comic Relief Website here

April 2018 - Retain the Game – Small Grants to Support Adult Male Teams

The Football Association and Football Foundation have launched ‘Retain the Game’, a new scheme aimed at supporting the retention of adult male teams. The scheme will provide grants of £750 to clubs with existing male teams to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, First Aid courses and playing kit/equipment.

The application window is now open and is due to close on Wednesday 30 May at 5pm.

Find out more on the Football Foundation website here

April 2018 - BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme Welcomes UK Applications

Charities and not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people in the UK who are 18 years old and younger can apply now for a small grant.

The BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of up to £10,000 to support projects for up to three years with a total request of £30,000.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Eligible projects will make these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

There are usually four application rounds per year.

The next deadline for applications is 13 May 2018.

Find out more on the BBC website here

April 2018 - Government’s £50m Integrated Communities Strategy Fund An ‘Opportunity’ for Sport

The government’s new Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper could present a funding opportunity for the UK’s sports clubs.

Published by the secretary of state for communities Sajid Javid earlier this month, the green paper sets out the government’s proposals to build “strong, integrated communities where people live, work, learn and socialise together”.

The strategy is supported by £50m worth of funding, which will focus on schemes that improve community relations.

Sports clubs could be among the beneficiaries, as the strategy explicitly recognises the value of sport and recreation in bringing communities together.

It also identifies that sport and recreation can be used to reach ‘at risk’ groups in society, especially those at risk of becoming involved in antisocial behaviour and crime, as well as help integrate immigrants and refugees and promote gender equality.

Find out more about the Government’s £50m Integrated Communities Strategy fund an ‘opportunity’ for sport here

April 2018 - Funding from Wilko

Every Wilko store offers support to local groups and community projects. You could get Wilko gift cards, products or volunteers to help the work that you’re doing for your community. Whether it’s a raffle prize to help with fundraising, or tins of paint and extra helpers to do up a community centre.

Find out more on the Wilko website here

April 2018 - Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Re-opens

Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities has re-opened offer flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

Area: England
Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations
Total available: £190m this financial year
Application deadline: Ongoing

They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs, and are wanting to support ideas that meet their three funding priorities:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Find out more on the Big Lottery Fund website here

April 2018 - Securing Sponsorship

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

Those delivering physical activity and sport who are in need of funding often overlook sponsorship as an opportunity to gain funding. Yet, increasingly organisations are finding success in diversifying fundraising to include corporate funding, and sponsorship can be a great way of securing regular funding over a longer period. London Sport’s simple guide offers some useful support if you are considering securing sponsorship.

To view this guide here 

View their other funding guides on their website here

April 2018 - New Playing Fields Planning Guidance

Sport England has updated its policy and guidance on planning applications that affect playing fields in England. The new guidance aims to help protect and enhance opportunities for people to take part in sport and physical activity, while making it easier to develop and assess related applications for all – including applicants and local authorities.

Local planning authorities are required to consult with Sport England on planning applications that affect playing field land, and our policy is to object to applications unless they meet one of five specific exceptions, which include:

  • The proposals will improve the use of a playing field for sport
  • Replacement playing field land is to be provided
  • There has been a robust assessment that demonstrates there is an excess of playing field land.

Find out more on their website here

March 2018 - New Innovation Fund for Social Cohesion

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, recently announced the publication of the Integrated Communities Strategy Green PaperIt sets out the government’s proposals to build strong, integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is highlighting this news as it brings potential funding opportunities and provides the perfect opportunity to share some of the great work clubs are already doing around bringing communities together.

Government is supporting the strategy with £50 million funding and with a focus on identifying schemes that improve community relations. The strategy is an opportunity to raise awareness and attract funding for projects that are already delivering social cohesion through sport and recreation.

The strategy explicitly recognises the value of sport and recreation in bringing communities together:

  • Through the establishment of a new Innovation Fund, government will stimulate and test innovative new approaches to promoting meaningful social mixing between young people through sport, culture, volunteering and other youth activities to build a compelling evidence base of what works.
  • Sport can be a way of reaching out to people who have little engagement with other activities or public services. Participation in sport builds teamwork in pursuit of a common goal, improves educational behaviour and attainment, develops social skills, and provides a platform for dialogue about sensitive issues to help break down myths and barriers.
  • Government will back sport-based interventions to build integrated communities and work with Sport England to use sport and physical activity to bring people together.

The government will also work with five ‘Integration Areas’ to develop local integration plans which will hopefully bring segregated communities together: Blackburn with Darwen; Bradford; Peterborough; Walsall and Waltham Forest.

Find out more here

March 2018 - Developing a Strong Evidence Base to Support your Funding Application

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

When writing an application to a public, lottery or trust funder an applicant will always be required to prove the need and that the concept is right to address that need. A good way to start to consider your options is thinking about the type of evidence and the scale of evidence. London Sport have created a short guide explaining these types of evidence, how to build evidence to support your concept, including how to build localised evidence, and where to find it.

View this guide here: Developing-a-strong-evidence-base-to-support-your-funding-application

March 2018 - Facility Funding Advice

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

Any organisation that is providing, or wants to provide, community facilities for physical activity and sport could gain funding for the development of those facilities, whether that be something entirely new or a refurbishment. Applying for facilities funding can be a complex area so London Sport have tried to help you by creating a short guide to get you started including practical and technical recommendations.

View this guide here: Applying-for-facilities-funding

March 2018 - The Do’s and Don’ts When Writing a Funding Application

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

Their ‘Do’s and Don’ts when writing a funding application’ guide provides a set of do’s and don’ts when completing the final stage in the grant fundraising process which is writing the application. The document starts with general do’s and don’ts, and then is divided by typical sections of a physical activity and sport application form.

To view this guidehere; The-Dos-and-Donts-when-writing-a-funding-application

View their other funding guides and support on their website here

March 2018 - Funding for Individuals

London Sport has produced some excellent resources to support individuals and clubs to help gain funding.

Their ‘funding guide for individuals is aimed at those looking for funding for an individual, or for yourself. This guide explains what individual funding is available (such as bursaries towards a coaching qualification), where you can find it, and advice when applying for funding for individuals.

To view this guide here; Funding-guide-for-individuals

View their other funding guides and support on their website here

February 2018 - Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Announces Changes for 2018

The Foundation has announced that it will be making some key changes in the year ahead.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is a medium-sized grant making foundation that gives grants to small, well-established charitable organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

Groups that are intending to apply for funding from the Foundation should be aware of the following important changes:

  • All new applications for Small, Standard, Large and Village Hall/Community Centre grants are now to be made through the Foundation’s on-line application forms.
  • The Foundation will stop accepting unsolicited applications for hospices with effect from 31 March 2018. Until then, hospice grant applications remain paper-based and can be found on the Grants page, under the Hospices heading, on the Foundation’s website.
  • The Foundation is planning to launch a new grants policy and criteria from 1 July 2018. It says that most of the current applicants will still be eligible under the new criteria.
  • The Grants Committee meeting in May will be the final meeting for applications under the current criteria and applications will need to be made by late March/early April 2018.

Full details of the new grants policy and criteria will be provided when they are published in July 2018.

Find out more on their website here

February 2018 - The Football Foundation’s Grow the Game Now Open for Applications

The Football Foundation’s Grow the Game provides grants of up to £1,500 for new football teams. It’s now open for applications for female or disability teams – the closing date is 29 March.

Find out more here

February 2018 - A Reimagination of the Sport Funding System

Two leading authorities from the world of sport have had their say on the state of play in the UK, by suggesting a rethink of the funding system, from grassroots to elite level.

Chair of UK Sport Katherine Grainger admitted the current system is “challenging” and Sported CEO Chris Grant said there is a “huge opportunity” to create a more joined-up system.

Olympian Grainger, who took over as chair last year, told an audience of sports governing bodies, clubs and charities: “The funding models that are currently set up are quite challenging, between Sport England and UK Sport, and where the high-performance chart stops and where there are natural gaps.

“All sports have different structures and different pathways of how athletes come into their sport, whether it’s university-fed, club-fed or whether it’s from a young age.

“I slightly naively thought there must be some way to clarify all these pathways from grassroots stuff to high-performance sport so there’s a more natural flow, but it’s so much more complex than that.

“Ideally, if you were starting from scratch, you would say, ‘This is all sports and these are the ones that can go up to this level’. It’s just not that way at the moment; it’s much more fractured, so there’s not an obvious process – I think everyone finds that challenging, at all levels of sport.”

Grainger was responding to a question from CIMSPA chair Marc Woods, the Paralympic gold medallist and BBC commentator, during the Fit for the Future Convention hosted at Loughborough University by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Woods asked: “Will we reach a point where we’re funding sport looking at that holistic picture rather than ‘let’s fund medal success’ and ‘let’s fund grassroots’? Do we look at how sports deliver the whole piece and fund them that way?”

Grainger said: “There’s a massive challenge: how could you align, in an ideal world, all sports so there’s a real structure so as many people get involved as possible?

“We don’t want or need everyone to get into sport purely to be successful at the top, but the ones that do want to progress need an obvious pathway to go through.”

The message was reinforced by Grant, CEO of community sport charity Sported, who said: “It’s a huge opportunity – the more joined-up and rational we can get.

“If you’re starting from scratch, the thing I’d put in at the bottom, from a Sport England but also an education point of view, is physical literacy so you do that first and get the whole country able to do the basic stuff, based on whatever [skills] they’ve got.

“Then at certain points, people may be identified about having a particular aptitude and then you’d have a rational, joined-up system.

“The problem at the moment is that the funding system and how it’s set up tends to induce competition to make sports feel they’re competing with each other for resources and athletes.

“It would be lovely if we can move towards something that felt like one system.”

The panellists were speaking shortly after the release of sport minister Tracey Crouch’s latest Sporting Future report, which highlighted £530m ($737.7m, €597.3m) of investment by Sport England in grassroots projects.

February 2018 - Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme Open

Applications for the 2018 Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme are open.

The scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who go above and beyond to encourage people in their local community to enjoy the water.

The Swimathon Foundation works in partnership with Swim England and the Swimming Trust to help promote and distribute funding for community swimming programmes. It brings much needed support to swimming programmes across the UK.

The Grants are available to a wide range of groups, including, but not limited to:

  • Community groups
  • Swimming clubs
  • Senior groups
  • Youth groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Disability charities
  • Healthy living groups

Head to the Swimathon Foundation website to find out more about the scheme.

More than just a grant

Previous applicants have found more benefits than the grant alone. Our Health and Wellbeing Manager Helen Kellett is working with one successful applicant from last year, Fluid Motion.

Fluid Motion was created in 2015 and works to provide accessible and tailored exercise and rehabilitation in community swimming pools. It uses the latest technology to assess individuals and recommend personalised exercise programmes, primarily working with those who have difficulty taking part in traditional exercise.

Fluid Motion used the grant award to further test and expand their ideas in pools around Oxford. It enabled them to work with more people to support them in being more active. This covered the cost of some hardware, pool hire costs and to cover their instructors’ time.

Commenting on the work with Fluid Motion, Helen said: “Following the funding from Swimathon Foundation Community Grants, the relationship between Fluid Motion and the Swim England Health and Wellbeing team has gone from strength to strength.

“We are currently working together on our Swim England health and wellbeing model and how we can collaborate together further.”

How to apply for the Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme

Using a simple online form, applicants are encouraged to apply for a grant between £500 and £2,500.

Grants will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon.

Applications for 2018 opened on 1 February and close at 5pm on 19 March 2018.

You can find the application form along with the grant criteria and case studies at

Guidance notes and FAQ’s are also available to guide you through the application process. If you have any queries then please email

February 2018 - Discovery Grants

Grants must directly benefit disadvantaged people in the UK and must be for something that is wholly charitable. Funding is available to cover part time salaries, equipment or materials but is for one year and must deliver a local project, not a national initiative. We aim to fund a complete item rather than simply make a contribution to an appeal.

Dicovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to fund an activity which supports one or more of our three priority themes:

  • Explorer – improving knowledge and insight

Examples include a series of Money Management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify the affordable credit choices available to them. A Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.

  • Transformer – developing skills and experience

Examples include work-based training and mentors to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work. Sign language training for parents with hearing impaired children. Or teaching young people with autism vocational skills.

  • Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges

Examples include a new social networking program for visually impaired young people which uses specially developed braille laptops to access the internet. An inclusive cycling social enterprise which adapts bicycles to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

About the application process

The application process is designed to be quick and simple to use and nominations can be made by organisations as well as Santander customers and staff. All you need to do is complete a Discovery Grant nomination form which is available in all Santander branches and drop it into the nomination box in the branch. Please do not send it to The Discovery Foundation.

Please note, we only need the information on the form, please do not send supporting material or annual reports. This is not a voting system so only one nomination is required. There are no closing dates and grants are made every month.

Successful organisations will be notified by e-mail within a month of submitting a nomination. If you have not heard from us within that time then you have been unsuccessful but you are welcome to apply again at any time. Because of the large number of nominations received it is not possible to notify unsuccessful applicants.

Please note, we cannot fund:

  • Individuals – including trips, overseas volunteering, GAP year activity, medical treatment, grants for studying or research
  • Multi-year funding
  • Fundraising activities
  • Unregistered charities, not for profit groups, Community Amateur Sports Clubs, exempt or excepted charities
  • Other funders and grant makers including bursary schemes
  • Organisations which restrict their beneficiaries to a single religious or single ethnic group
  • Events, conferences or sponsorship
  • Party political activity

Find out more here