Funding Updates

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Welcome to May`s edition of the Funding Updates Newsletter! Summer is just around the corner…what a perfect time to prepare for your summer activities to help more people become more active, more often!

This month’s publication focuses holds a focus on the run-up to summer with some beneficial short-term funding that can be accessed to motivate and inspire in the sizzling sunshine!

We hope you find the following information useful and make sure to check out our funding pages on the SASSOT website for the latest funding updates!




Staffordshire FA – Helping women and girls of all backgrounds to become more active

Women`s Walking Football Fund

Engaging Female Refugees and Asylum Seekers through Football

Utilising Football to engage Female Offenders (Youth OR Adult)

Amount available: Various – please see the relevant link above for further details on each funding stream and their objectives.

Deadline: Staffordshire FA will be reviewing all applications weekly, and you will be notified within 7 days of applying. Delivery must start no later than 17th June 2019 and must be completed by 1st August 2019.

Suitable for: All organisations with an ethos to support more women and girls to become more active through football.

Description: With the FIFA Women`s World Cup around the corner, the Staffordshire FA are offering small pots for clubs and organisations to deliver 6 weeks worth of football to inspire various groups. The targets that Staffordshire FA has outlined include female refugees and asylum seekers and female offenders. These sessions should aim to be sustainable, with the intent to join the FA Mars Just Play Programme following 6 weeks.


England Netball – Get ready for the Biggest Summer of Netball

Amount Available: £750 for brand new club or team, £400 for existing teams with an aim to increase membership and £500 for leagues attracting new teams and new members.

Deadline: 31st May 2019

Suitable for: Clubs, organisations or leagues who are aspiring or currently members of the England Netball National Governing Body.

Description: The Vitality Netball World Cup is coming to England this summer from 12-21 July 2019. Therefore, England Netball wants to make this the Biggest Summer of Netball in the country through offering project-funding to motivate and inspire more people to get into netball; building on the success of the England Roses. More information about the funding stream and the Biggest Summer of Netball initiative via the link in the title.


Table Tennis England – Time to get into Table Tennis for aspiring female coaches

Amount Available: Bursary offers 50% off either a Level 1 Session Coach or a Level 2 Lead Coach Award

Deadline: 31st May 2019

Suitable for: Aspiring women and girls who hold an interest in Table Tennis coaching

Description: Table Tennis England wants to help more women and girls realise their coaching ambitions in Table Tennis. Therefore, they are helping to reduce the cost for women and girls to become Table Tennis coaches through their Female Coaching Bursary; thus, inspire more women and girls into playing the sport. Applications from all areas of the sport are welcomed and those who are successful will be expected to report back on the impact the bursary has had.


BBC Children in Need – No better time to use physical activity to help children who need it most

Amount available: Two types of grant are currently open; Main Grants (Over £10,000 per year) and Small Grants (Up to £30,000 over 3 years – up to £10,000 a year).

Deadline: Small Grant deadline: 27th May 2019 & Main Grant deadline: 28th May 2019

Suitable for: Charities and Non-for-profit organisations

Description: BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. To work towards this objective, BBC Children in Need are welcoming applications from charities and non-for-profit organisations for projects that help better the lives of children who need it most; ranging from illness and disabilities to behavioural difficulties and significant deprivation.


Success Stories


At Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, we want to celebrate the successes of local clubs, groups, charities and individuals in receiving funding for worth-while causes.

Have you recently been successful in an application for funding? Maybe, you want to celebrate the benefit that a funded project has had on an individual or group through sport and physical activity? If so, let us know and we can include your stories in our next ‘Success Stories’ bulletin!

Please contact:

David Richards
Communities and Insight Officer
07800 619693


Tip of the Month!


Be clear and concise!


We understand that some funding applications can seem complex and require a lot of evidence to suggest why funders should support your initiative. Whilst it is important for all applicants to make sure they have covered all bases, this can lead to the applicant writing too much and `waffling` on. This could lead to either the application becoming ill-eligible for funding or missing out key points to stick to the word limits.

Ensuring that your application is clear, not over-complicated and straight-to-the-point will allow you to better identify and evidence the need for your application, what exactly your programme/project will consist off and detail the objectives, outcomes and sustainable impact that you are aiming to achieve.

Allowing time to sufficiently plan your programme before writing the application will be key to achieving this and having someone proof-reading the application before you submit will offer reassurances that your application is written to the best standard.

Remember: Check, Check and Check Again!

For further tips and guidance, please visit our funding pages by following the link:


For more info …


This only provides a snap-shot of the different funding streams that can be accessed for sport and physical activity initiatives and projects.

Please follow the link to our funding pages for more useful hints and tips as well as more funding streams that you can access:


For further information, please contact:

David Richards
Communities and Insight Officer
07800 619693