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 or call 01785 619693

Key Funding Streams

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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

The current (24.08.16) funding programmes are:

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.

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 2015 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. Apply anytime.

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).

Ford Britain Trust

Current Status: Small grants this year will be 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st November. Large grants: now closed

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.

Lord Taveners Foundation

Current Status: Open with no current end date

Funding is available to encourage UK-based young people with disabilities to participate in sporting activities with the provision of manual sports wheelchairs, specially adapted minibuses and the support of the game of cricket at grass roots level. Who is eligible? Must cater for young people under 25 with special needs. Deadline: The Foundation meets quarterly to review applications.

Mars Milk Fund

Mars Milk fund has been launched for 2015. They are funding sports people and clubs. Every month, Mars Milk Fund will be donating a £1,000 cash award to a sports individual,club or project in need of extra funding. Whether they need new kit, travel costs, extra pitch time, coaches, training or competition entry fees, just let Mars Milk Fund know how they can help.

At the end of each month, from May to September, the entry that receives the most votes will receive the £1,000 award.

Additionally, every week our panel of judges will award two applicants with a grant of £300.

Persimmon Community Champions

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 Round 2 closes 29 May 2015 Round 3 opens closes 28 August 2015

Veolia Environmental Trust is a Landfill Community Funder that awards grants of upto £100000 for the development of improvment 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: Q3 opens 1st July 2015 closes on 31st July 2015.
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.

Sir Steve Redgrave Fund

Current Status: Open with no current end date

Aims to use the power of sport and sporting activity to bring about positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and their communities. Funding is for: community groups, small charities and schools.


Current Status: Open with no current end date

The charity sported. has both funding and Business Mentors available for groups across Staffordshire who are delivering community sports projects. They are keen to receive applications from organisations delivering community sports activities across Staffordshire.

The Co-operative Community Fund

Current Status: Currently under review

Midlands Co-operative Society Limited is committed to serving its local communities – every time you shop at one of our trading outlets, you are helping us to help you. This year we will be putting 1% of our trading profit back into the community. We will be making cash awards from £100 up to £5,000 and will be judging applications every three months. Applications to the Community Fund can only be submitted online. Grants between £100 and £2,000 are available. If you are a newly formed group (less than three months) the maximum you can apply for is £500.

Torch Trophy Trust

Current Status: Next round to be announced

The aim of the Torch Trophy Trust Bursary is to help volunteers improve their skills as coaches or officials if they are unable to do so without funding. The Bursaries provide financial support for those wishing to undertake training. A Torch Trophy Trust Bursary is awarded to enable individuals or groups to enhance their knowledge in order to assist their club, organisation or community to develop their chosen sport, by making grants of up to £1000.

UnLtd Sport Relief

Current Status: Open with no current end date

Funded by Comic Relief and provide opportunities for young people aged 11 – 21 years to bring communities together, to help promote understanding and solve problems. If you have a social action idea to benefit your community you could be eligible to apply for a cash Award and support from UnLtd. Grants of £500 or up to £15000 are available.

People’s Health Trust – New Active Communities Funding Programme

Current Status: Not currently open for applications from organisations in the West Midlands

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


B4S is a social enterprise that supports colleges, sports clubs, schools, youth clubs, communities and charities by turning unwanted clothing into useful cash.
50 full bags could earn a sports club £200 and B4S will pay a further 2% on top for donations over a tonne.


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.


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 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.


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 where you will be able to register and open an account.


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 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

ASDA Sporting Chance

Current Status: Open with no current end date

ASDA Sporting Chance will be allocating everyone of their stores with two budding young local athletes. Through SportsAid, they will provide each one of these young sportsmen and women with a grant every year until 2013. In addition, each of their stores will be supporting their local athletes on a community level by carrying out fundraising activities to raise additional money for things like training, equipment and travel.

BOA Gold / Silver Passport

BOA Passport Holders can access the National Sport Centres on a free of charge basis for training. The BOA will negotiate, on behalf of the BOA Passport Holders, with local sports centres to help gain free of charge access to training facilities for the athletes supplementary training. Athletes will have been nominated to the BOA by their NGB.

OCS Young Sports Person Awards

Current Status: Check with your NGB directly

OCS Young Sports Person Awards give out over £35,000 to up and coming young sports people to help with training, travelling and competing.

Sports Aid

Current Status: Check with your NGB directly

This is open to amateur sports people aged 12 -16 years in the United Kingdom who are competing in various able-bodied and disabled sports, who are members of national squads and have been nominated by their National Governing Body of Sport. There is no age restriction for disabled athletes. Grant aid ranges from £250 – £500 and is available to support travel, training and equipment as preparation for competition in major international competitions.

Staffordshire’s Talented Athlete Fund (STAF)

Current Status: CLOSED

Staffordshire County Council’s (in partnership with Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent) Staffordshire Talented Athlete Fund (STAF) offers awards of up to £750 to help support some of the county’s most promising young sports people to meet the costs associated with training and competition. Awards are made to young people in three categories, Gold, Silver and Bronze, in selected sports to reflect the range of talent in the County.

Access the Guidance Notes and Application Form

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 aims to encourage the development and growth of hockey by providing capital and operational funding to the sport through clubs and educational establishments in England and by support to England Hockey’s youth development activities. Who is eligible? Organisations/charities/companies How much can you bid for? There is no maximum amount awarded, although the Foundation is unlikely to award grants for less than £10,000 or more than £75,000. Deadline: Applications can be made at any time.

Rugby Football Foundation – Groundmatch Grants

Current Status: Open with no current end date

Grants for amateur rugby clubs in order to encourage the recruitment and retention of rugby players in England. Who is eligible? Rugby Union club at level five and below in the English Clubs Rugby Union Championship (ie the leagues). How much can you bid for? The minimum grant available is £1,500 and the maximum is £5,000. Deadline: Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed at regular intervals.

Local Funding

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority Funding Schemes – updated: 24.08.16

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 –