Funding Updates

Wednesday 14th August 2019

August is here and so is the funding updates for the SASSOT Newsletter!

This month, we are promoting funding streams that focus on a variety of needs within communities, such as social action, disability support and community development. Physical activity can hold a valued impact on all three of these and we feel there are lots of ways that physical activity can alleviate social issues and aid development.

We also have our hints and tips section that looks at the value of match-funding this 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!




Co-op Foundation – #IWILL funding available to support youth social action in communities!

Amount available: Up to £35,000

Deadline: Friday 20th September 2019 at 12:oo (Noon)

Suitable for: Community Organisations

Description: The Co-op Foundation have teamed up with the youth social action group #IWILL, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund to offer a large grant of up to £35,000 to 8 groups across the UK. Awarded for a period of 1 year, this fund will look to support initiatives that focus on youth-led advocacy to improve community and public spaces. Looking for outcomes that benefit both the young people and the local community, this can range from developing skills through training to supporting young people to tackle an identified social problem to the core. Please click the link in the sub-title for further information.


Tesco Bags of Help – Centenary Grants open to invest more into your community project ideas!

Amount available: £25,000 for 1st place, £15,000 for 2nd place & £10,000 for 3rd place

Deadline: No specified deadline

Suitable for: Non-for-profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts), local authorities, national charities and social housing providers

Description: A special voting round, building on the successful Bags of Help scheme that has been implemented nationally in partnership with Groundworks. The Centenary Grant is currently welcoming applications from various organisations with a valued idea that will hold significant benefit to communities. Categorised by region, your application will be reviewed through a shortlisting process followed by a public voting in Tesco stores across the region. Please click the link in the sub-title for more information.


Caudwell Children – Funding for Sports Equipment!

Amount available: Various (based on merit)

Deadline: No specified deadline

Suitable for: Individuals and groups in need of financial support to purchase equipment

Description: In partnership with the Edward Gostling Foundation, the Caudwell Children Sports Equipment programme looks to offer support in match-funding for specialist disability sports equipment. With a focus to aid the development of talented children so that they can participate in competitive sport, Caudwell Children aim to maximise this programme to give young athletes the opportunity to develop their skills and progress in all types of sporting activities at local, national and international levels. Please click the link in the sub-title for more information.


Staffordshire Commissioner – People Power Fund is open for applications!

Amount available: Up to £2,000

Deadline: 14th September 2019

Suitable for: Constituted local community based organisations, either solely or in collaboration with others

Description: Ranging from positive activities for young people to reduce anti-social behaviour to training and mentoring opportunities in local communities; the Staffordshire Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, is welcoming applications for the People Power Fund. If you have an idea of how to make your community safer, then please follow the link in the sub-title for more information on how to apply.


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!


Match-funding – Don’t be afraid to explore other funding streams…

Most funding streams will have various outcomes that you will be required to meet if you are successful in a funding bid. However, some different funding streams may have similar targets. Adding value to every programme is an important part of project development and looking for match-funding is a great way of doing this. Some funding streams may even require an element of fundraising to be done beforehand so this is definitely a worthwhile investment!

Sometimes, we notice new potential outcomes mid-project that require some further investment. A great way to overcome this is by looking for a small pot of funding that can add value to the original project.

Bear in mind, not every funder will allow this and this would be clearly stated within the guidance. However, having the ability to evaluate outcomes early on will help you to understand the developing needs. This will help you to add more investment to your programme and, therefore, adding value and impact.

Remember: Don’t be afraid to look beyond the initial investment!


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


For more info …


This only provides a snapshot 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