Funding

We cannot supply you with pots of money; nor do we have the magic formula to guarantee successful applications. What we can do is offer guidance on where to look for funding and advice on some of the key principles to consider when submitting a funding application.

Key Principles

  • There is no secret formula to funding or grant applications
  • Try to match the grant to your project’s need
  • Clearly identify your project and its outcomes
  • Identify how much money you need
  • Be clear and to the point
  • Plan the application process with the whole club

Planning Your Project

  • When form-filling, be clear about your project giving a brief description
  • Clearly identify the outcomes of your project
  • How will you deliver your project? Establish an action plan with timescales
  • Demonstrate sustainability – how will your project continue after the money has been spent?
  • Identify any risks which might jeopardise the project if funding is given
  • Look at how to minimise those risks
  • Preparation and planning will help to minimise paperwork
  • Most importantly – read the guidance notes which accompany the application forms

Please find the SASSOT Advice for Grants document which details help on requirements for funding, preparing and writing a funding proposal and essential tips and tactics for a sucessful application.

For further advice and guidance on applying for funding contact Ben Hollands, SASSOT’s investment and funding lead, on bhollands@staffordbc.gov.uk or call 01785 619693

Key Funding Streams

Please click on the relevant link to jump you down the page to that section:

Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

ACCESS Across Staffordshire

Current Status: Open for applications (Closing date 9th September 2016)

ACCESS Across Staffordshire’ funding scheme has been established to encourage and support the development of new projects that particularly target under-represented groups. This round of funding will make grants of up to £2,000 available however projects will be required to provide 30% match funding (cash or in-kind) of the total project costs.

Sports Club Accreditation Funding

Current Status: Open (applications assessed monthly)

Aimed to increase the number of sports clubs being accredited or re-accredited with Clubmark/NGB accreditation and which can also be used for clubs to achieve a higher level of their current accreditation if appropriate. Up to £250 of funding is available to sports clubs who require financial assistance to achieve and pass their accreditation criteria which now includes coach qualifications. All sports clubs benefiting from the funding must be based within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to qualify.

Coach Development Grant

Please note the Coach Development Grant is no longer available.


Sport England – Currently being reviewed

News re the current (11.11.16) funding programmes:

Small Grants

Current Status: Open with no end date

The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. This application is worth spending a little time over and there are plenty of resources available on the website to help guide you through the process.

Strategic Facilities

Current Status: Open

The supply of the right facilities in the right areas is key to getting more people to play sport. We recognise the considerable financial pressures that local authorities are currently under and the need to strategically review and rationalise leisure stock so that cost effective and financially sustainable provision is available in the long-term.

New funding: when to apply (as at 1st November 2016)

Here you’ll find live information about our new funding opportunities, including the key dates you need to know.

Tackling inactivity

Helping people who are inactive is one of our major priorities. Over the next four years, we’re dedicating at least 25 per cent of our total resources to tackling inactivity.

In December 2016, we will:

  • Publish an investment guide on inactivity, describing the type of projects we’re looking to support, the people we want to benefit and the outcomes we’re seeking to achieve
  • Open the first phase of our Inactivity Fund, which will focus on projects that help older adults (55+) to get active. We will be making up to £10 million of National Lottery funding available. We’re targeting older adults first because our insight tells us this age group is much more likely to be inactive: 42 per cent of people aged 55+ are inactive compared to 29 per cent of the population as a whole.

Based on the work we’ve already done on inactivity, we anticipate bids ranging from £250,000 to £500,000, but if you want to work on a smaller or larger scale, please do get in touch to discuss your ideas – we’re open to a range of options.

If you want to bid, you will need to submit your expressions of interest by noon on 13 February 2017. We plan to make the first set of awards in June 2017.

Facilities

The places where people play sport have a really big impact on a person’s experience and likelihood they will come back regularly. That’s why we’re continuing to invest in all types of facilities, especially multi-sport for our major strategic investments.

In December 2016, we will:

  • Launch the first phase of our new Community Asset Fund. If you’re an organisation looking to take over sports facilities, a sports club that wants to expand or you have a great idea for a project that’s clearly needed in the local community, then this could be the fund for you. £7.5 million will be available for single and multi-sport community facilities in this phase.

Based on similar projects we’ve already supported, we expect to make awards of between £5,000 and £150,000. You’ll be able to submit your bids from the beginning of January 2017. We plan to make the first awards from April 2017 onwards. It might be that your facilities project is already right for one of our open funding programmes, like our Strategic Facilities Fund. Find out more here.

In January 2017, we will: Publish our wider facilities investment guide, giving partners more information on the type of projects we’re looking to support, the people we want to benefit and the outcomes we’re seeking to achieve.

*Investment guides To help those who might want to work with us as we roll out our strategy, we will be publishing a series of detailed investment guides. View the full details


Funding for Organisations, Groups and Clubs

Biffa Award

Current status: Open all year

Landfill operator Biffa funds projects that develop or improve public amenities. This can include sports facilities as long as they are publically accessible. They have a Small Grant Scheme which awards grants up to £10000 and a Large Grant Scheme which offers awards up to £50000. All projects must meet their geograhical elegibility criteria which can be checked on their website.

Big Lottery Fund

Current Status: Open with no current end date

Hands out half the good causes money from the National Lottery. They are committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need through these funding streams;

(1) Awards for All England

Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000. The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. To do this they want to fund projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life – with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
  • Stronger communities – with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.
  • Improved rural and urban environments – which communities are better able to access and enjoy.
  • Healthier and more active people and communities.

(2) Reaching Communities

The Reaching Communities programme has two strands:

  • Reaching Communities – funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects and/or smaller capital projects up to £50,000
  • Reaching Communities buildings – funding of between £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects

Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities most in need. Projects can be new or existing, or be the core work of your organisation.

Boost Charitable Trust

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The trust aims to Build On Over-looked Sporting Talent. All of its activities, are designed to ‘champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport’. Grants are categorised into small awards (£500 or less) and large awards (over £500).

Cash 4 Clubs – Sports Grants Scheme

Current Status: Currently Closed. Awaiting confirmation of 2016/17 funding rounds.

CASH 4 CLUBS is a scheme that gives money to grassroots sport. Any sports club that is registered with its sports’ National Governing body or local authority can apply. They do not restrict entries to certain sports or certain activities. You might be looking for funding to help with coaching of young kids or you may be after a grant to help buy a new boat or help renovate your current facilities.
The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving causes and is committed to finding yet more sports clubs to help in the future. With awards of £250, £500 and £1,000 available, Cash 4 Clubs is giving away real money that can help your club.

Caudwell Children Enable Sports Programme

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Caudwell Trust is inviting applications for the Enable Sport Programme. This will provide specifically designed sports equipment to enable disabled children and young people to participate in sport. Applications must be made on behalf of a particular child who must be 18 years of age or under at the time of application.

Coalfields Community Grants (England)

Current Status: Currently Open.

The Coalfields Community Grants programme in England is aimed at organisations, community groups and social enterprises that can make a positive difference in our communities. We value the incredible work that takes place, the opportunities created and the activities delivered that change lives in often challenging circumstances and this programme builds on our track record of providing grants that respond to local needs.

We can offer a grant up to £10,000 to support your project. This can be for capital or revenue costs or a mixture of both. Please note we have set a limit of £5,000 on the amount of capital funding you can request from us.

Community Amateur Sports Clubs

Current Status: Open with no current end date

CASC can assist which providing tax breaks for clubs. To be eligible the club must be properly constituted as a not-for-profit organisation, with no provision for payment to members during the life of the club or upon dissolution. It can be either unincorporated (ie an association of members with unlimited liability) or incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (not shares).

Community Foundation for Staffordshire

The Staffordshire Community Foundation offers many grants from ourselves, and from many other different funders.  These schemes are rarely open all year and usually tend to run in rounds.  The list of grants provided by clicking the ‘Grants’ tab above will provide a list of currently available grants.  Further information on upcoming rounds, and their opening and closing dates, can be found by searching our calendar.  Some schemes will use the same criteria for each round, whereas others may change from round to round depending on priorities.  It is important to carefully read the aims and criteria of a scheme before submitting your application. Find out more

Ford Britain Trust

Current Status: Small grants are considered 4 times a year. Large grants are considered twice a year.

Car manufacturer Ford have been running their Ford Britain Trust for a number of years and now run two grant programmes;
Small Grants offers up to £250, available 4 times a year. Large Grants offers amounts from £250 to £3000 twice a year.
All the information you need, including the application form can be found on the website.

Mars Milk Fund

Current Status: As at Sept 2016 – Currently closed for sports people and clubs, rewarding everyday legends instead.

Persimmon Community Champions

Current Status: Open

Persimmon Community Champions is here to fund good causes across the UK. In the next 12 months we plan to give away up to £750,000 to fund your local community initiatives. Our charity match programme gives donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves.

It’s really simple to apply for a donation. All you need to do is complete the online form, telling us why your group or charity deserves our donation. Included in your application we need to know how much you’ve already raised and how much you want us to donate. Remember, we need the name and location of the charity initiative so that we can ensure the right business receives your request.

Veolia Environmental Trust

Current Status: Open – check closing dates

Veolia Environmental Trust is a Landfill Community Funder that awards grants of upto £100000 for the development of improvement of public amenities including sports facilities. Project must involve at least two sports.

Peter Harrison Foundation

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The foundation has an Opportunities Through Sport Programme aimed at assisting sports activities or projects for disabled or disadvantaged individuals.

The People’s Postcode Trust Fund

Current Status: Open – closes on 30th Sept 2016

People’s Postcode Trust welcomes innovative and entrepreneurial project proposals which bring a direct benefit to the local community in which the group operates. Awards up to £20,000. Examples of projects include: helping people of all ages to take part in community sport projects and purchase of sports equipment to improve standards and involve more people.

People’s Health Trust – New Active Communities Funding Programme

Current Status: Check whether your area is open for funding

People’s Health Trust’s new Active Communities Funding Programme aims to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, live, work and age.

The programme will focus on neighbourhoods where people living within them will, on average:

  • die 7 years younger than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
  • spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with disability than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
  • have higher rates of mental health problems;
  • have a lower quality of life.

The Active Communities Funding Programme awards grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to local community and voluntary organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000 a year, delivering small projects lasting up to 18 months, in the 25% most deprived neighbourhoods (based on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation) in Great Britain.


Fundraising for organisations, groups and clubs

ClubDraw

Current Status: Open

ClubDraw helps clubs in every sport, large or small, to raise those all-important funds. Any club can join the ClubDraw network to offer their supporters chances to win weekly cash and amazing ‘Prizes That Money Can’t Buy’ – all while helping to raise funds for good causes in their club or community. It’s a great way to support a club while having the fun and excitement of a guaranteed weekly prize draw! Whatever your sport, whatever the size of your club, you can raise money with your own localised lottery.

ClubNet

Current Status: Open

Clubs register for free and as a member you are able to raise money, save money and access support e.g. place an advert on your clubs website and earn up to £150 per year.

easyfundraising

Current Status: Open

easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores including Argos, Next, Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV, and over 600 other top name stores. Whenever you shop with any one of them using the links provided on the easyfundraising site, you’ll generate a free donation for NAYBC of up to 15% off the purchase price every time! It really is that simple! It doesn’t cost a penny more to shop and raise funds in this way. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers give exclusive discounts, special offers and even ‘e-vouchers’ when you shop through the easyfundraising site.

Fundrazor

Current Status: Open

Provides you with a stress free approach to raising valuable funds. Fundrazor’s vision is to become your most important fundraising partner. They want to help you by giving you great fundraising ideas.

There teaming up with leading entertainment partners and venues across the UK to supply you with unbeatable ticket offers for fundraising groups. All the tickets are cut-price. The tickets you buy can all be sold on to family and friends for the full price and all the money you raise you keep! You choose your fundraising events and they supply you with the tickets. For further information please visit http://www.fundrazor.com/ where you will be able to register and open an account.

Reciproc8™

Current Status: Open

A recycling company that focuses upon the recycling of mobile phones, inkjet cartridges and toners. Through the schemes sports clubs, schools and community projects can gain FREE products and experiences for Sport. The range of rewards and further information on the schemes is available at www.reciproc8.co.uk or call 0845 194 8288. Setting up a scheme is easy, it’s done on-line and only takes a couple of minutes.


Funding for Individuals / Performance Athletes

The Team GB Gold Club

Current Status: Open

The Team GB Gold Club, formerly known as the Team GB Passport Scheme which was established in 1996, offers athletes exclusive discounts and benefits.There are two levels of membership: Gold and Silver
Athletes are issued with a membership card which entitles them to access a variety of benefits kindly provided by companies who sign up to support the Team GB Gold Club.  Membership is reviewed annually by the national governing bodies.

OCS Young Sports Person Awards

Current Status: Check with your NGB directly

The Young Sportsperson Awards are run in partnership with SportsAid, the charity responsible for funding emerging sports talent in the UK.

Sports bursaries are open to youngsters who compete in any sport which is recognised by SportsAid and all applications must be made through SportsAid.

SportsAid

Current Status: Open – Nominations take place every autumn – check with your NGB directly

SportsAid only supports unfunded athletes who are nominated by their sport’s national governing body. This ensures the right athletes get the right help at the right time – enhancing the sports’ talent development programmes rather than duplicating them. Nominations take place every autumn.


Sport Specific Funding

Football Foundation

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports’ charity. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Foundation directs £40m every year into grass roots sport.

National Hockey Foundation

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Foundation primarily makes grants to a wide range of organisations that meet one of our chosen areas of focus:

  • Young people and hockey
  • Young people and sport in Milton Keynes.
  • Enabling the development of hockey at youth or community level.
  • Smaller Charities

Grant applications for capital projects such as building or pitch work require additional supporting information before the application can be considered.

Rugby Football Foundation – Groundmatch Grants

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Groundmatch Scheme provides easy-to-access grant funding for capital projects which contribute to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players. A list of projects which qualify for a grant (‘Qualifying Projects’) is given in the Guidance Notes but the list is not exhaustive. Clubs at level 5 and below can apply for between £1,500 and £5,000 on a matched £ for £ basis. Completed applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.


Local Funding

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority Funding Schemes – updated: 17.11.16

There are a number of sports grant and funding schemes run by the local authorities within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for clubs and athletes. Find out more here.

Staffordshire County Council

Current Status: Open with various end dates

County Council Funding Streams available to Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations in Staffordshire.


If you need any further guidance try your Local Authority sport’s development team, your sport’s National Governing Body officer or contact Ben Hollands at Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – mailto:bhollands@staffordbc.gov.uk


This page was updated on 12 Sept 2016