Grassroots sports funding is a topic that’s always going to be relevant for clubs to improve facilities, enable new teams and support their growth.
Funding for clubs changes all of the time in terms of available grants, deadlines, criteria and application processes - but the good news is that there’s always something out you haven’t applied for yet.
It’s just a case of finding it...which is where this article on grants for sports clubs should come in handy.
The focus here is on England (though clubs in other countries might be eligible too and the examples here can often be replicated too).
Sport England Grants
Clubs will be most familiar with Sport England funding and their fund chooser tool is a good place to start.
- Return to Play: Small Grants (£300-£10,000)
- Return to Play: Community Asset Fund (£10,001 and £50,000)
(Fund was paused at time of writing but may re-open)
- Return to Play: Active Together (up to £10,000)
Made By Sport: #ClubsInCrisis Fund
The aim of the fund is to help small grassroots community organisations to work with young people who use sport as a tool to achieve wider social outcomes.
(Note the 15 November 2021 deadline - but if you miss it, further funding might be available).
Clubs can win funding if they demonstrate how they use sport as a means to work towards one or more of these outcomes:
- Developing Life Skills
- Improving Mental Health
- Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
- Developing Employability Skills
- Building Stronger Communities
Grant size: £2,021
Deadline: Monday 15th November at 12 noon
The National Lottery Community Fund
£600m a year goes to communities in the UK, raised by those who play The National Lottery.
Groups, including sports clubs, can apply for either an amount up to £10,000 or a sum over £10,000.
Considering an application? As on ongoing fund, it’s worth thinking about your future plans and if a project meets their core criteria:
- Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
- Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
- Help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage
It’s a good idea to search what grassroots sport funding has already been allocated in the past. You can search grants by keyword (like a sport or theme) or date.
County Grants Fund (cricket)
Sporadically, there will be funding specific to your sport, hence this new opportunity for cricket clubs.
It’s always worth keeping an eye on your governing body’s funding section of their website, in case you’ve missed a time-specific grant.
The County Grants Fund is organised via your local county cricket board and has 3 themes:
- Creating Welcoming Environments
- Providing Enhanced Facilities and Playing Opportunities for Women’s and Girls’ Cricket and / or Disability Cricket
- Tackling Climate Change
Clubs can apply for sums between £1,000 to £10,000.
Read the Guidance notes and if you decide to go ahead, contact your county cricket board first to see if they think you’re eligible.
If so, Your club would then apply via the online Investment Management System (IMS) at https://ims.ecb.co.uk.
There is no stated deadline, at the time of writing, but county cricket boards started advertising this in September 2021 so it’s likely to run into 2022.
Tesco Community Grants
Tesco Community Grants is open to charities and community organisations to apply for a grant of up to £1,500.
Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK.
Supermarkets will have their own funding schemes and are always worth a quick internet search to see what is happening nationally or at a local level.
Depending on the project, sports clubs should be eligible for this one as ‘Equipment/kit for youth sports teams’ is listed on the Tesco Community Grants website as an example of what’s been funded previously.
Use Pitchero for your fundraising
If your club is planning a fundraising campaign for the year ahead, you collect donations directly through your Pitchero website.
Want to set it up for your club? Here’s our Ultimate Guide to collecting donations to get you started in a matter of minutes.
If you’re unsure, you can book a call with an Account Manager to go through any questions you might have.
So, there you go, some examples to get you started with plenty of other routes you can take from funding around housing developments (Section 106 Agreements) to community projects near landfill sites (Biffa Award).
Whatever you’re looking to achieve, good luck with your funding!