Funding Updates

Monday 15th July 2019

The summer season is upon us and whilst we are all busy in the sport and physical activity sector, it is important not to forget about some great funding streams that you can access over the coming months!

In this month’s publication, we have a focus on open-spaces with Sport England’s Community Asset fund and the National Lottery Heritage fund examples of funding that can be targeted for active community spaces.

In addition, we have also included some useful and interesting funding streams that we have become aware of over the last month.

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!




Home Office – Youth Endowment Fund open to help take youth offending!

Amount available: Up to 2 years’ worth of funding available and there is no limit to the amount that applicants can apply for. However, please note that applicants must be in a position to utilise the first £100,000 of any funding offered with the first 6 months of the funding period (October 2019 – March 2020)

Deadline: 23rd July 2019

Suitable for: Organisations with a legal constitution including charities and social enterprises, for-profit companies and public sector agencies such as councils, schools, health or police forces

Description: Focusing on early intervention methods to youth-offending, the Youth Endowment Fund is open to support programmes and community partnerships who work with children who are at risk of being influenced into violent crime and toxic behaviours. Supporting children aged 10-14, the applicant must demonstrate the effectiveness of their interventions and build a knowledge base to evidence how the interventions are successful and any challenges faced through a robust theory of change evaluation method. Got a good idea for a physical activity initiative that will deter young people away from violent behaviour and offending? Please click the link in the sub-title for further details.


The National Lottery Community Fund – Promoting and Championing Safeguarding!

Amount available: In the region of £50,000 to £115,000

Deadline: Closes 21st July 23:59 for expressions of interest

Suitable for: Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations

Description: Supporting the ‘Safer Social Sector Partnership’ led by NCVO, the National Lottery Community Fund are looking for VCSE groups to apply for funding that helps to support a plethora of outcomes regarding good safeguarding practice. The targets are to improve awareness of quality safeguarding practice through a bespoke training package, provide further resources around safeguarding with a delivery mechanism and implement focus on demonstrating the impact of such training offers. If you feel you have a good idea that can help create awareness of such an important aspect of the sport and leisure industry, then please follow the link in the sub-title for further information.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund – Celebrating the heritage in your local community!

Amount available: £3,000 to £5million

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Non-for-profit organisations

Description: The National Lottery Heritage Fund will look for fund programmes that have an aim to create awareness and celebrate local heritage. This can include a variety of ideas and initiatives, such as cultural traditions, historic buildings, monuments and environments as well as histories of people, places and communities. Sport boasts a rich heritage and Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent is no different! Please click the link in the sub-title for more information.


Sport England – Community Asset fund helping more people to be more active in their community spaces!

Amount available: Anticipated bids from £1,000 to £150,000

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: All organisations

Description: 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. It might be that your facilities project is already right for one of our open funding programmes, like our Strategic Facilities Fund. If you are keen to improve local community assets or park areas to help more people to become more active, then click the link in the sub-title for further information.


Staffordshire County Council – People Helping People Fund helping all in our communities!

Amount available: Up to £2,500

Deadline: 1st December 2019

Suitable for: Community groups, Parish Councils, Social Enterprises, Residents’ Associations or Traders’ Associations, Local Charities, Schools, Faith Organisations and Neighbourhood Forums

Description: We are all living longer. However, this does not mean that we are all living healthier and independently. Therefore, Staffordshire County Council have launched their People Helping People funding stream; an initiative where each county councillor in Staffordshire will look to support projects that have a real contribution their residents overall health, wellbeing and independent living. Physical activity has a significant part to play in achieving these targets. Part of a group in your community with hopes to run an effective and worthwhile project that has a real impact to help residents and families in your community? Then please click the link in the sub-title for further information.


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!


Team work makes the dream work!


Writing of funding applications can be a daunting task. When working on an application, we can often end up feeling bogged down in the all the information and scrambling to try and get the application in before the closing date; leading to mistakes being made, poor grammar and vital information being missed.

However, to ensure you are successful in your funding ventures and beat off the competition, your application needs to be the best that it can be and a great way to do so is to work collaboratively within your whole club, group or organisation.

Everyone will have different opinions and various experiences. Therefore, offering opportunities for all members of your team or club to input ideas and correct errors can be difference required to take your application to the next level!

Remember: 2 heads are better than 1

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


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 here 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