Funding Updates

Wednesday 20th November 2019

What a ‘blast’ November has been up to now! So many amazing fireworks being let off and now Christmas is only a month away!

Whether you are working away in the office, on the busy train or curling in front of a warm fire, why not take a look at our latest Funding Newsletter?

We hope you find this month’s newsletter both interesting and informative!




4 Daughters Charitable Trust

Amount available: Various – based on need and merit

Deadline: Friday 13th December 2019

Suitable for: Charities and Community Groups that hold an interest in supporting the Trust’s aims (please follow the link in the title to find out more)

Description: Following an extensive consultation, the 4 Daughters Charitable Trust have found that there is more to be done in order to support more people to age well across the nation; from both a physical and emotional perspective. This includes the following:

  1. Supporting older people to stay in or find meaningful work or volunteering
  2. Strengthening communities that are inclusive of older people
  3. Supporting informal carers to develop their own peer-based approaches

The trust are currently looking for project ideas to help meet these important targets. For more information on how to apply, please click on the link in the subtitle!

Funding Source – Support Staffordshire


Toyota Parasport Fund

Amount available: Grants between £1000 and £5000

Deadline: 20th December 2019 at 5pm

Suitable for: Voluntary or community clubs or organisations, registered charities, non-for-profit organisations, community interest companies, schools and statutory bodies.

Description: Parasport acknowledge that many organisations and clubs may struggle to offer sporting opportunities for disabled people due to a lack of access to specialist equipment. Therefore, Parasport are offering an opportunity to access quality and much-needed equipment to ensure that this does not become an issue. Equipment must be purchased within a 6-month period from the date of the award letter and all organisations wishing to apply must register with Parasport. To apply or find out more information, please click the link in the sub-title for more information.

Funding source – SPAL


Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Governments – Pocket Parks funding

Amount available: £15,000 for those wanting to develop new parks and £25,000 for plans to refurbish existing parks

Deadline: 31 December 2019 at 5pm

Suitable for: Formally constituted community groups

Description: A new round of government funding is currently open to support the revival of rundown green spaces. Community groups can bid for both new parks or reimagined spaces, such as children’s play areas, gardens and community events. Park areas are vital for people to realise the physical and mental benefits of being active in such areas. From organised activities to walking the dog, there are varied ways that parks can play a huge part in the lives of the communities and residents. To apply and find out more information, please click the link in the sub-title.

Funding source – SPAL


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!


The processes beyond a successful application!

Last month, we looked at the importance of considering the monitoring and evaluation processes early on and, whether this is a pre-set process by the funder or your own framework, it is key to have this considered in the planning stages of any application.

This month, we want to share our experiences on a broader scale in terms of what you will be required to complete upon attracting funding for your programmes. Many funders will have different requirements; whilst some may have a more fluid and flexible approach, some may have more robust procedures with specified deadlines.

In order to prepare for additional workload, it would be worth double checking the funder’s guidelines and even contacting them to see what would be required to complete. Also consider the use of the SMART targets system (see below) to make sure you are fully prepared for any extra responsibilities.


Specific – Is what is required to be completed clear and concise?

Measurable – How are you going to measure against outcomes?

Achievable – Are you able to reach the targets set?

Realistic – Do your processes allow you to reach the set objectives?

Time – How long have you got or do you need to reach the targets?


Remember – Always check and ask questions around processes early on!

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