Funding Updates

Tuesday 17th September 2019

September is here and with the kids back to school, leaves falling from the trees and the winter months about to set in, this is a great time to start talking about your great ideas!

This month’s focus is a combination between the need for conversation between the applicant and funder, and the bespoke funding streams that look at two very important topics.

We hope that you find this month’s publication useful and insightful!



Staffordshire Community Foundation – Tampon Tax Fund

Amount available: Up to £10,000

Deadline: Friday 11th October 2019

Suitable for: UK based organisations with a local or community reach

Description: The Staffordshire Community Foundation is working closely with the UK Community Foundations network for offer an exciting and bespoke new fund across the north midlands region.  The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. This funding will look to support project ideas that will support and enhance the opportunities for women who are or are at risk of marginalisation to overcome evident barriers that they face and, therefore, helping them fulfil their potential. Focusing on small-scale interventions, this funding will be used to hold a tangible and sustainable impact on health & wellbeing, socio-economic and equality gaps. Please click the link in the subtitle for further information.


Sport England – Great Ideas Fund

Amount available: Varied – based on merit

Deadline: No specified deadline

Suitable for: Sports Clubs, Charities and Community Organisations

Description: This is a grant scheme with a twist! Based on recommendations to alleviate the daunting stresses associated with long applications, Sport England want to start the conversation early and work with you to discuss your idea. Whether your idea is big or small, Sport England want to help your idea become a reality and, even if they are unable to fund you, there are other ways that they can help. Simply click on the link in the subtitle, answer the four short questions or call 03458 508 508 to get the conversation started!


Boost Charitable Trust

Amount Available: Small awards (£500 or less) and Large awards (over £500)

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Charities or non-for-profit organisations with a focus on sport

Description: 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).


Success Stories


Establishing a Volleyball Club: Stafford Knights


Volleyball clubs don’t just spring into existence. That rings of stating the obvious, but when you stop to consider it, every club has its own story. They are built from people’s passion for volleyball and growing sense of community – not to mention a bucket load of effort and energy. One of Volleyball England’s youngest affiliated clubs, Stafford Knights Volleyball Club was created a little over three years ago and the West Midlands outfit is testament to what it takes to establish a club and why it’s so worthwhile.

The area had been void of volleyball opportunities and they got help in creating a new home for local people to play volleyball. With support from Volleyball England, a link was formed with Stafford College and the club was successful in application for grants.

(Source: SPAL Issue 521)


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!


Feedback is the key to learning!

Writing applications for funding can often be a challenging task which can take a few times to get right. With so many organisations looking for funding to continue the good work that they do, it is also really important to make sure that your application can stand out to hit the targets that are set.

If you are successful, that’s fantastic! However, if you are not, a great way to move forward would be to ask for feedback on the application. This will give you an indication as to the thoughts of the funder, areas that can be improved on the application and potentially receive advice to make sure that application will be successful in the future.

The reason for the application being unsuccessful may only be down to small part which, if amended, may actually result in a successful funding bid!

Remember: Don’t feel like it’s the end if your application is unsuccessful… make sure to ask for feedback which will help you to make sure that your bid is successful in the future!

For further tips and guidance, please visit our funding pages 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