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


Funding for sport participation

Increasing participation and activity in sport and physical activity is at the heart of what we want to achieve. If you are looking to find funding for ways to increase physical activity in your club or organisation, please see a list of grant funders who may be able to offer support.

Sport England: Small Grants

Amount available: £300 – £10,000

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Sports Clubs, Charities and Community Organisations

Description: 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.


British Cycling: The Places to Ride Programme

Amount available: Various (depending on scale and merit of funding request)

Deadline: 15th January 2021

Suitable for: New and existing clubs, local authorities, community organisations, educational establishments and charitable organisations

Description: The Places to Ride Programme seek to offer financial support for projects that aim to inspire people to cycle, connect the community and build a lasting legacy through cycling facility improvement and development.


The FA Futsal Fund

Amount available: Grants of either £1,500 or £3,000

Deadline: 2nd August 2019 at 5pm

Suitable for: County Football Associations who are running or plan to run leagues, youth football or futsal leagues, adult leagues setting up youth futsal provisions, affiliated clubs wishing to develop youth futsal leagues, PL and EFL community trusts and FA University Community Football Hubs.

Description: Working in partnership, the FA and Football Foundation have launched their new funding stream which aims to invest £300,000 into Fustal development in England. The scheme is open to develop new leagues, surrounding youth participation in Futsal, across the country to offer opportunities for more and more young people to play Futsal regularly within a structured games setting. The grant can be spent on facility hire, equipment, coaches and officials fees (certifications and legal requirements, such as DBS and First Aid), marketing, insurance and affiliation fees. Want to help develop Futsal for young people? Please click the link in the sub-title for further information.


The Lord Taverners Fund

Amount available: Various – depending on funding application applied for (please follow the link in the sub-title for further information.

Deadline: Grant applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis

Suitable for: Individuals and organisations as required

Description: The Lord’s Taverners want to give support to young people who are economically disadvantaged or living with a disability to easily access sport and physical activity. They currently offer opportunities for individuals, groups and organisations to apply for sports kit, adapted transport support and opportunities to access sports wheelchairs. They also offer grants around accessing sensory support and utilising play spaces effectively.


Sporting Capital

Amount available: £50,000-£150,000 as an investment loan

Deadline: New investments available until June 2020

Suitable for: Community Clubs, Social Enterprises, Charities and profit-with-purpose businesses

Description: Sporting Capital invests in organisations that make a difference through sport. The loan funding will be used to help organisations develop new projects, operations and revenue streams. Our goal is to help develop more sustainable community sports organisations.


Funding for facilities

If you are looking for funding to improve a local sports facility or transform a community asset for physical activity purposes, then you are in the right place! Please find below some information on facilities and capital grant funding streams.

Sport England: Community Asset Fund

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. Find out more here.


Sport England: Strategic Facilities

Amount available: Anticipated bids of £500,000 – £2million

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Local authorities (not exclusive)

Description: 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.

Facilities: 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.


Biffa Award

Amount Available: £10,000 to £75,000

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Various types of community groups and organisations

Description: Landfill operator Biffa funds projects that develop or improve public amenities. This can include sports facilities as long as they are publically accessible. All projects must meet their geographical eligibility criteria which can be checked on their website.


Football Foundation: Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Amount available: £10,000 to £500,000 for main fund & up to £10,000 for the small grants (click here for further information on the small grants)

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations

Description: 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. The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund gives grants for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.



Funding for social outcomes

Sport and physical activity promotes a wide-range of benefits and is proven to be an advantageous method to achieve social outcomes in our communities. The following funding streams have a clear focus on achieving social impact, of which a sport and physical activity programme can play a significant part.

Each funder will offer grants for different outcomes. Please ensure to check the accompanied guidelines of each grant for further information.

Arts Council

Description: The Arts Council looks to invest in initiatives that champion and develop artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. Physical activity can play in a key role in an arts and culture-focused initiative and can be a significant instrument to achieving social change and empowerment through creativity.

Please see the link above to view their current funding streams


BBC Children in Need – Small Grants and Main Grants

Amount available: Two types of grant are currently open; Main Grants (Over £10,000 per year) and Small Grants (Up to £30,000 over 3 years – up to £10,000 a year).

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Charities and Non-for-profit organisations

Description: BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. To work towards this objective, BBC Children in Need are welcoming applications from charities and non-for-profit organisations for projects that help better the lives of children who need it most; ranging from illness and disabilities to behavioural difficulties and significant deprivation.


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).


Caudwell Children Enable Sports Programme

Amount available: Various (based on merit)

Deadline: No specified deadline

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

Description: The Enable Sport Programme provides specialist disability sports equipment to support the development of talented children so that they can participate in competitive sport. They provide a range of equipment giving young athletes the opportunity to develop their skills and progress in all types of sporting activities at local, national and international levels.


Community Amateur Sports Clubs

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Community-based Sports Clubs

Description: 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

Suitable for: Various (dependant on type of funding stream targeted)

Description: The Community Foundation for Staffordshire administers many different grants schemes from various funders. We offer grants from our own funds, from funds set up by local donors and philanthropists, local businesses and individuals, and from national and regional charities and trusts.


Ford Britain Trust

Amount available: Up to £250 for small grants and between £250 to £3000 for large grants

Deadline: For Small grants, the deadline is 30th June 2019 and for Large grants, the deadline is 31st July 2019. Both pots open on 1st April 2019

Suitable for: Registered charities, schools and non-for-profit organisations (including small clubs and societies)

Description: 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.


Morrisons Foundation Grant Funding

Amount available: No limit for grant applications (please note that match funding applications have a limit of £1,000

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Charities registered with the Charity Commission

Description: The Morrisons Foundation supports charities making a positive difference in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales. They will award grants for charitable project that demonstrate a significant contribution to a local community and match fund the money that colleagues of Morrisons raise for their chosen charities.


The National Lottery Community 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

Amount available: £300 to £10,000

Deadline: No current deadline

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

Description: 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

Amount available: Over £10,000

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations

Description: Reaching Communities make and offer grants to support organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. We support ideas that meet one or more of our three funding priorities:

  • Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage


The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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!


The People’s Postcode Trust Fund

Amount available: Up to £2,000 (£500 to £20,000 exclusive to charities)

Deadline: Opens for round 2 on 31st July 2019 and closes for stage 1 on 14th August 2019 (check this link for further details)

Suitable for: Charities, non-for-profit organisations, constituted voluntary organisation, community interest companies, community benefit society, constituted sports groups and organisations with tax exempt status

Description: 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.


Peter Harrison Foundation

Amount available: No minimum or maximum (projects will be assessed on suitability and merit)

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs

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


Staffordshire County Council – People Helping People Fund

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.


Stoke City FC Community Fund

Amount available: Up to £1,000

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Local groups, projects, community groups, self-help organisations, youth groups and charities.

Description: The Stoke City Community Fund aim to support small, local community-based projects in Staffordshire and South Cheshire through offering grants of up to £1000 which can be accessed to demonstrate long-term benefits to local communities through innovative and original ideas. For further information, please seek the accompanied guidance notes by following the link in the title.


Tesco Bags of Help

Amount available: First place will receive £4,000; second place will receive up to £2,000 and third place up to £1000.

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers

Description: Tesco’s Community Grant Scheme, ‘Bags of Help’ provide funding to voluntary or community organisations that need support for a local idea and initiative that contributes toward social good. The types of projects that can be funded are varied and cover the direct costs required to run your project. Applications are first assessed by Groundwork for a public vote in local Tesco stores.


The Tudor Trust

Amount available: No limit for grant applications (please note, it is unusual for the trust to accept awards of £10,000

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Please see the exclusions list on the Tutor Trust website (follow the link in the title)

Description: As a grant-making charitable trust, the Tudor Trust aims to provide funds for a wide-range of organisations that work to bring about positive change to people and communities across the UK. They distribute funds based on identified issues and developing solutions that organisations demonstrate, rather than base the worthwhileness of a project on national and local agendas. Please note that the Trust cannot fund sport and leisure projects without a strong social welfare focus.


Wooden Spoon

Amount available: No limit (please note it is unlikely that the charity will fund projects under £5,000)

Deadline: No current deadline

Suitable for: Organisations with a legal status. Examples include schools, charities, and clubs

Description: As a children’s charity of Rugby, the Wooden Spoon organisation is offering long-term grants for projects that enhance and support the lives and children of young people through direct activities or services in order to demonstrate positive influence. The project must have a minimum life-span of five years (preferably ten).



Fundraising can be considered a key aspect to raise the much needed funds for sports clubs and community organisations to continue their sport and physical activity initiatives. Please see below information of some key fundraising support opportunities.


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

easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause. Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. Our retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.

They have 3,598 retailers to choose from and so far we’ve raised over £25 million for thousands of community groups, schools, sports clubs, small and large charities across the UK.



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.

They understand the difficulties of raising money and we are passionate about providing an alternative funding source for startups, charities, and personal causes. An example of this is through the support of sports teams.



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.


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.



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.


Local funding

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority Funding Schemes

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: Please refer back to this website in April 2019 for updated information
on the new criteria/rules/application form in relation to changes to the
Staffordshire Local Community Fund.

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 24th July 2019