We cannot supply you with pots of money; nor do we have the magic formula to guarantee successful applications. What we can do is offer guidance on where to look for funding and advice on some of the key principles to consider when submitting a funding application.

Key Principles

  • There is no secret formula to funding or grant applications
  • Try to match the grant to your project’s need
  • Clearly identify your project and its outcomes
  • Identify how much money you need
  • Be clear and to the point
  • Plan the application process with the whole club

Planning Your Project

  • When form-filling, be clear about your project giving a brief description
  • Clearly identify the outcomes of your project
  • How will you deliver your project? Establish an action plan with timescales
  • Demonstrate sustainability – how will your project continue after the money has been spent?
  • Identify any risks which might jeopardise the project if funding is given
  • Look at how to minimise those risks
  • Preparation and planning will help to minimise paperwork
  • Most importantly – read the guidance notes which accompany the application forms

Please find the SASSOT Advice for Grants document which details help on requirements for funding, preparing and writing a funding proposal and essential tips and tactics for a sucessful application.

For further advice and guidance on applying for funding contact Ben Hollands, SASSOT’s investment and funding lead, on or call 01785 619693

Key Funding Streams

Please click on the relevant link to jump you down the page to that section:

Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Coach Development Grant

Please note the Coach Development Grant is no longer available.

Sport England

Small Grants

Current Status: Open with no end date

The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. This application is worth spending a little time over and there are plenty of resources available on the website to help guide you through the process.

Strategic Facilities

Current Status: Open

The supply of the right facilities in the right areas is key to getting more people to play sport. We recognise the considerable financial pressures that local authorities are currently under and the need to strategically review and rationalise leisure stock so that cost effective and financially sustainable provision is available in the long-term.

Tackling inactivity

Helping people who are inactive is one of our major priorities. Over the next four years, we’re dedicating at least 25 per cent of our total resources to tackling inactivity.

Inactivity Fund will have a number of themed rounds. The first round focused on older adults (this has now closed). We will confirm the focus of round 2 in due course.

Based on the work we’ve already done on inactivity, we anticipate bids ranging from £250,000 to £500,000, but if you want to work on a smaller or larger scale, please do get in touch to discuss your ideas – we’re open to a range of options.


The places where people play sport have a really big impact on a person’s experience and likelihood they will come back regularly. That’s why we’re continuing to invest in all types of facilities, especially multi-sport for our major strategic investments.

Community Asset Fund

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. £7.5 million will be available for single and multi-sport community facilities in this phase.

Based on similar projects we’ve already supported, we expect to make awards of between £5,000 and £150,000. You’ll be able to submit your bids from the beginning of January 2017. We plan to make the first awards from April 2017 onwards. It might be that your facilities project is already right for one of our open funding programmes, like our Strategic Facilities Fund. Find out more here.


Current status: Waiting for confirmation of start dates

We will be launching two new funds to helps us to deliver the objectives in our volunteering strategy; The Potentials Fund and the Opportunity Fund

Potentials Fund targets children and young people aged 10 to 20 (with a particular focus on 10-14 year-olds)

Getting involved in mentoring, supporting people and improving your local area – a form of youth social action – is already popular with young people.

But social action organisation Step Up To ServeOpen in a new window has identified a large group they call ‘Potentials’ – young people who are interested in doing something for their community, but haven’t yet made a commitment. In fact 70% of 10- to 20-year-olds say they want to do more social action in the next 12 months.

This group is a particularly interesting audience for us because many of them love sport and physical activity: half of 16- to 24-year-olds would prefer to give their time in something sport-based.

We want to unleash this potential by funding projects which target young people who haven’t regularly volunteered in the past.

We’re working with the #iwill campaign and will be investing up to £3 million in projects which will benefit 10- to 20-year-olds and their communities now. It’s also a long-term investment in those communities – according to the Youth Social Action Survey 2015, people who start volunteering when they’re young are more likely to continue in later life.

We’ll be looking for projects which connect with the lives and aspirations of 10- to 20-year-olds.

Sport and physical activity should be involved but it doesn’t have to be the sole focus. We’re simply looking for brilliant ideas.

Opportunity Fund targets people, especially adults, from disadvantaged areas.

We’ll invest £3 million in projects that create volunteering opportunities for people facing disadvantage, in communities where there is higher unemployment and crime, lower education and poorer health. People living in these communities are among the most under-represented groups in volunteering, but potentially have the most to gain.

We’re looking for partners that are trusted by their communities and know the various issues and motivations of those who live there.

Core Market

This is a major new funding to keep the nation active. It has two main aims: Keep people active through life changes and helping to support the people who drop out more than others.

Who should apply to this fund?

We want to be innovative and bold with this new investment and hope to attract a range of organisations through an open process.

This may involve investing in organisations with new ideas that may require some ‘seed’ funding to prove or test concepts and help us learn something new. It may also involve those with a strong track record of keeping people active already.

We want to work with a range of providers who can help people stay active when their lives change. You may be:

  • Health professionals supporting those with an injury or illness to find activity that fits their current situation
  • Colleges and universities supporting those starting a new phase of education
  • Estate agents supporting those moving house to find new activities in their local area.

Next Steps

  • £50,000 to £500,000
  • Workshops in March
  • Expressions of Interest opens 24th March 2017 , closes 8th May 2017

Investment guides

To help those who might want to work with us as we roll out our strategy, we will be publishing a series of detailed investment guides. They will provide more information on the types of projects we’re looking to support, the insight we have available, the people we want to benefit and the outcomes we’re seeking to achieve.

These will be published on our website and shared directly with our partners.

The guides we’re going to publish are:

  • Children and young people – how we can work with you to create more opportunities for children to improve skills and have fun being active outside of school time (March 2017)
  • Mass markets – how you can access funding for projects that can get huge numbers of people active (March 2017)
  • Local delivery – how we want to support areas to create opportunities to get active that really work for the local community (March 2017)

In addition to our investment guide for tackling inactivity, we’ve also already published our investment guide for national governing bodies of sport, which you can read here. View the full details

Funding for Organisations, Groups and Clubs

Biffa Award

Current status: Open all year

Landfill operator Biffa funds projects that develop or improve public amenities. This can include sports facilities as long as they are publically accessible. They have a Small Grant Scheme which awards grants up to £10000 and a Large Grant Scheme which offers awards up to £50000. All projects must meet their geograhical elegibility criteria which can be checked on their website.

Big Lottery Fund

Current Status: Open with no current end date

Hands out half the good causes money from the National Lottery. They are committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need through these funding streams;

(1) Awards for All England

Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000. The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. To do this they want to fund projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life – with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
  • Stronger communities – with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.
  • Improved rural and urban environments – which communities are better able to access and enjoy.
  • Healthier and more active people and communities.

(2) Reaching Communities

The Reaching Communities programme has two strands:

  • Reaching Communities – funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects and/or smaller capital projects up to £50,000
  • Reaching Communities buildings – funding of between £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects

Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities most in need. Projects can be new or existing, or be the core work of your organisation.

Boost Charitable Trust

Current Status: Open with no current end date

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).

Cash 4 Clubs – Sports Grants Scheme

Current Status: Open – closes 26 May 2017

Cash4Clubs” is open! This year, as always, you can apply for grants of £250, £500, £750 and £1000 for staff and or volunteers to take part in training, gain qualifications and certifications related to your sport.   This year you can apply for up to £1,000 for staff and or volunteers to take part in training, gain qualifications and certifications related to your sport. The fund will be open until Friday the 26th of May 2017 5:00pm – applications received after this time will not be considered.
The winners will be informed on Friday 28th of July 2017 and the website will have all winners announced by Monday 7th of August. If you require any support with your application or if you have any comments, concerns or questions please email

Caudwell Children Enable Sports Programme

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Caudwell Trust is inviting applications for the Enable Sport Programme. This will provide specifically designed sports equipment to enable disabled children and young people to participate in sport. Applications must be made on behalf of a particular child who must be 18 years of age or under at the time of application.

Community Amateur Sports Clubs

Current Status: Open with no current end date

CASC can assist which providing tax breaks for clubs. To be eligible the club must be properly constituted as a not-for-profit organisation, with no provision for payment to members during the life of the club or upon dissolution. It can be either unincorporated (ie an association of members with unlimited liability) or incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (not shares).

Community Foundation for Staffordshire

The Staffordshire Community Foundation offers many grants from ourselves, and from many other different funders.  These schemes are rarely open all year and usually tend to run in rounds.  The list of grants provided by clicking the ‘Grants’ tab above will provide a list of currently available grants.  Further information on upcoming rounds, and their opening and closing dates, can be found by searching our calendar.  Some schemes will use the same criteria for each round, whereas others may change from round to round depending on priorities.  It is important to carefully read the aims and criteria of a scheme before submitting your application. Find out more

Ford Britain Trust

Current Status: Small grants are considered 4 times a year. Large grants are considered twice a year.

Car manufacturer Ford have been running their Ford Britain Trust for a number of years and now run two grant programmes;
Small Grants offers up to £250, available 4 times a year. Large Grants offers amounts from £250 to £3000 twice a year.
All the information you need, including the application form can be found on the website.

Landfill Communities Fund

RED Industries Landfill Community Fund – projects within a 3mile radius of a Red Industries site (Silverdale (Newcastle) and Burslem (Stoke) which directly benefit the community or local environment could be eligible for funding.

Providing, maintaining or improving a public sporting facility is just one example of the types of projects that could be eligible for funding.

Find out more about projects that may be eligible and how to apply – download the brochure

More information can also be found at:

Mars Milk Fund

Current Status: As at Sept 2016 – Currently closed for sports people and clubs, rewarding everyday legends instead.

Persimmon Community Champions

Current Status: Open

Persimmon Community Champions is here to fund good causes across the UK. In the next 12 months we plan to give away up to £750,000 to fund your local community initiatives. Our charity match programme gives donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves.

It’s really simple to apply for a donation. All you need to do is complete the online form, telling us why your group or charity deserves our donation. Included in your application we need to know how much you’ve already raised and how much you want us to donate. Remember, we need the name and location of the charity initiative so that we can ensure the right business receives your request.

Veolia Environmental Trust

Current Status: Open – check closing dates

Veolia Environmental Trust is a Landfill Community Funder that awards grants of upto £100000 for the development of improvement of public amenities including sports facilities. Project must involve at least two sports.

Peter Harrison Foundation

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The foundation has an Opportunities Through Sport Programme aimed at assisting sports activities or projects for disabled or disadvantaged individuals.

The People’s Postcode Trust Fund

Current Status: Open – closes on 30th Sept 2016

People’s Postcode Trust welcomes innovative and entrepreneurial project proposals which bring a direct benefit to the local community in which the group operates. Awards up to £20,000. Examples of projects include: helping people of all ages to take part in community sport projects and purchase of sports equipment to improve standards and involve more people.

People’s Health Trust – New Active Communities Funding Programme

Current Status: Check whether your area is open for funding

People’s Health Trust’s new Active Communities Funding Programme aims to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, live, work and age.

The programme will focus on neighbourhoods where people living within them will, on average:

  • die 7 years younger than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
  • spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with disability than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
  • have higher rates of mental health problems;
  • have a lower quality of life.

The Active Communities Funding Programme awards grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to local community and voluntary organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000 a year, delivering small projects lasting up to 18 months, in the 25% most deprived neighbourhoods (based on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation) in Great Britain.

Fundraising for organisations, groups and clubs


Current Status: Open

ClubDraw helps clubs in every sport, large or small, to raise those all-important funds. Any club can join the ClubDraw network to offer their supporters chances to win weekly cash and amazing ‘Prizes That Money Can’t Buy’ – all while helping to raise funds for good causes in their club or community. It’s a great way to support a club while having the fun and excitement of a guaranteed weekly prize draw! Whatever your sport, whatever the size of your club, you can raise money with your own localised lottery.


Current Status: Open

Clubs register for free and as a member you are able to raise money, save money and access support e.g. place an advert on your clubs website and earn up to £150 per year.


Current Status: Open

easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores including Argos, Next, Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV, and over 600 other top name stores. Whenever you shop with any one of them using the links provided on the easyfundraising site, you’ll generate a free donation for NAYBC of up to 15% off the purchase price every time! It really is that simple! It doesn’t cost a penny more to shop and raise funds in this way. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers give exclusive discounts, special offers and even ‘e-vouchers’ when you shop through the easyfundraising site.


Current Status: Open

Provides you with a stress free approach to raising valuable funds. Fundrazr’s vision is to become your most important fundraising partner. They want to help you by giving you great fundraising ideas.

There teaming up with leading entertainment partners and venues across the UK to supply you with unbeatable ticket offers for fundraising groups. All the tickets are cut-price. The tickets you buy can all be sold on to family and friends for the full price and all the money you raise you keep! You choose your fundraising events and they supply you with the tickets. For further information please visit where you will be able to register and open an account.

People’s Health Trust

Current Status: Open (closes 12 April, 2017 at 1pm)

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, Active Communities is currently open in the following areas:​  HealthFair – Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin


Current Status: Open

A recycling company that focuses upon the recycling of mobile phones, inkjet cartridges and toners. Through the schemes sports clubs, schools and community projects can gain FREE products and experiences for Sport. The range of rewards and further information on the schemes is available at or call 0845 194 8288. Setting up a scheme is easy, it’s done on-line and only takes a couple of minutes.

Funding for Individuals / Performance Athletes

The Team GB Gold Club

Current Status: Open

The Team GB Gold Club, formerly known as the Team GB Passport Scheme which was established in 1996, offers athletes exclusive discounts and benefits.There are two levels of membership: Gold and Silver
Athletes are issued with a membership card which entitles them to access a variety of benefits kindly provided by companies who sign up to support the Team GB Gold Club.  Membership is reviewed annually by the national governing bodies.

OCS Young Sports Person Awards

Current Status: Check with your NGB directly

The Young Sportsperson Awards are run in partnership with SportsAid, the charity responsible for funding emerging sports talent in the UK.

Sports bursaries are open to youngsters who compete in any sport which is recognised by SportsAid and all applications must be made through SportsAid.


Current Status: Open – Nominations take place every autumn – check with your NGB directly

SportsAid only supports unfunded athletes who are nominated by their sport’s national governing body. This ensures the right athletes get the right help at the right time – enhancing the sports’ talent development programmes rather than duplicating them. Nominations take place every autumn.

Sport Specific Funding

Football Foundation

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports’ charity. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Foundation directs £40m every year into grass roots sport.

National Hockey Foundation

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Foundation primarily makes grants to a wide range of organisations that meet one of our chosen areas of focus:

  • Young people and hockey
  • Young people and sport in Milton Keynes.
  • Enabling the development of hockey at youth or community level.
  • Smaller Charities

Grant applications for capital projects such as building or pitch work require additional supporting information before the application can be considered.

England Rugby – Try for Change Fund:   Opens on 6th Feb 2017

England Rugby have gone live with the first round of granting under the Try for Change Fund.  In 2016, England Rugby joined forces with Comic Relief to launch the Try for Change Fund. The fund will use rugby union and the rugby union community to deliver social change in England and across the world.

Organisations can apply for between £2,500 and £10,000, for up to 12 months. Applications that target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, for example young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), will be prioritised.

Try for Change 

Bringing together rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, Try for Change will work to tackle a number of social challenges.

If you are interested in learning more about the Try for Change Fund, a seminar will be hosted at Twickenham Stadium on Friday, 17 February 2017 from 12pm until 2.30pm. For more information please contact Tim Wainwright here. 

For more details and to apply for funding from the Try for Change Fund, please check the Comic Relief grants page from 6th February 2017.

Local Funding

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority Funding Schemes – updated: 08.08.18

There are a number of sports grant and funding schemes run by the local authorities within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for clubs and athletes. Find out more here

Staffordshire County Council

Current Status: Open with various end dates

County Council Funding Streams available to Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations in Staffordshire.

If you need any further guidance try your Local Authority sport’s development team, your sport’s National Governing Body officer or contact Ben Hollands at Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent –

This page was updated on 17 February 2017