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Attracting a Grant to Fund Your Sports Club

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 16 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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There are grants available in all different forms, from equipment to scholarships, so it is worth checking out what you are eligible for.This sum of money is given to cover part of the costs involved in the sports project and in the majority of cases doesn't have to be paid back providing all the conditions are adhered to.

Grants Available & Where To Find Them

There are a variety of grants available from a range of sources, such as the government, the European Union, local authorities and agencies and even charitable organisations.The Community Investment Fund is the National Lottery funding available from the nine regions of Sport England (formerly Sports Council for England).

Sport England funds projects that help people get involved in sport and physical activity. The money received can be put towards refurbishment costs, the building of new facilities, or used to develop activities that improve help and education within local communities.

There is, however, a very complex application process for this form of funding, and the final decision is made by the Sport England Board. This is mainly because of the large amount of money being given, the minimum grant being £10,000.

Sports England is also committed to developing sports nationwide, and as a result of this, there is a national investment grant available to those who are eligible.The national investment is designed to inject funding into sports that are governed nationally, subject to a business plan, and have other investment partners.

Stages of Application

If you are thinking of applying for one of the grants from Sport England, then you should be prepared for a process that is broken down into two stages.The firstly stage is known as the Enquiry Stage, which looks into how the project conforms with Sport England's main goals.

At this stage you will be required to provide information about your project so that it can be compared to the criteria and objectives.Your project can be rejected at this stage if it does not meet these criteria. However, if it is accepted, then it will go on to stage two - the Full Application.

At this stage you will have a personal adviser that is there to help you through the process. They are also there to help with establishing key relationships with other bodies within the local area, such as the Community Sports Network.

SportsAid

SportsAid has a key role in the development of sports in the UK. As a registered charity for sports people, their aim is to help young athletes to succeed in their chosen sport on a professional basis. They are the first charity to offer this form of service to Britain's young sports people and, in particular, offer a helping hand to those families that find it financially difficult to support their child's sporting talent.

The main difference SportsAid has over scholarship schemes and national training schemes is that it doesn't go talent spotting. Instead, a persons mentor, coach or peers can nominate them for the award.

So, lets get down to business. Whilst SportsAid do offer some financial help, they don't have enough funds to allow the athletes to go full-time in there chosen sport. What they offer is a way to ease the financial pressure parents or legal guardians are facing when they have to provide their youngster with equipment or entry to various competitions.

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treasure chest - Your Question:
I would like to apply for funding for my martial arts academy in Swansea. My project is self defence, confidence building and fitness for women. I am a 6th degree female tae kwon do master and have lived in various parts of wales and am welsh. Can you help?

Our Response:
We can't find specific grants unfortunately. Try the suggestions in the above article and organisations like Sport Wales - you might also want to consider crowdfunding etc.
GrantsExpert - 17-Nov-17 @ 11:08 AM
I have lived in various parts of the world and am welsh. This is a correction to my previous email.
Treasure chest - 16-Nov-17 @ 10:41 AM
I would like to apply for funding for my martial arts academy in Swansea. My project is self defence, confidence building and fitness for women. I am a 6th degree female tae kwon do master and have lived in various parts of wales and am welsh. Can you help?
treasure chest - 16-Nov-17 @ 10:36 AM
I’m parent and welfare and secretary of a special needs Judo team. In the summer the team took part in special olympics games in Sheffield the team came away with 3 gold medals and 2 bronze medal. The kids have the opportunity to go to the world games in Abu Dhabi in 2019 so looking to get funding to help the kids to get out there . It will be a chance of life time and good opportunity for the kids. I’m hoping that you will be able help towards the funding to give the kids a chance .
Michelle23 - 26-Oct-17 @ 7:48 PM
We are running a football club in Karonga District in the Northern Region of Malawi. The club is participating in Premier league division that is played at regional level. The winning team in this league is promoted to play in the Top Flight League called "Super League of Malawi". The overall goal of our club is to promote grassroot football by developing young talent. The club lacks basic equipment like balls, uniforms, boots and bibs. We also lack financial support to enable the club travel to other district to play away games and train coaches. How can we be assisted?
Thom - 16-Jul-17 @ 12:01 PM
Hello, Worcestershire based Fun2move club (Dance Gymnastics Martial Arts & Fitness) I am using different rented venue at present and have found the perfect venue for a studio and cafe/waiting area for children's party's also. But currently need the place refurbished with the cafe, stud wall, studio with mirrors and sprung flooring. Some equipment of dumb bells kettle bells gym balls, gym mats, bean bags, coloured mats, music system and hand weights. Aswell as advertising. I have not a lot of money to start up I could do with some help and advise please on starting and where to look for grants focussing on healthy foods and exercise for children and adults and also self defence Thanks laura
Lau - 7-Jul-17 @ 5:13 PM
Hey, I'm the manager of a lower league baseball team based in Bracknell. We have had to attract new players as old players either stopped playing or left for different teams. As people are new we need equipment for them (balls, bats, gloves, helmets etc) as well as needing to afford new kit, as our old kit has been stolen by ex-players; this would cost about £1500-2000 to get the kit made properly for the 20+ members we now have. As baseball is in the 2020 Olympics, our goal is to be able to get players that would be competing for the GB team and with that we need to be able to train properly. Cheers, Jak
Jak - 29-Jun-17 @ 12:15 PM
Hi, Rugby is well under developed in Greece with currently only 7 clubs nationally. I'm looking for funding to expand the sport starting off with two more clubs with the longer vision of having a total of 15 clubs so that the sport can be officially recognised by the government. Considering the financial crisis that Greece is undergoing now, it is really hard to start off new clubs. Are there any grants available to help?
Syla Clarke - 13-May-17 @ 7:31 AM
Hi i run a local football team and we are looking to expand are club by adding a secord team just wondering if there is any football grants to help us with are project Many thanks Kevin Roberts Oakley diamonds fc
Diamonds - 28-Apr-17 @ 2:40 PM
My name is muhammad issah i am living in South Africa am 3 years old i am a traditional doctor. I love helping suffering people but financially am not well off. I need some one who can finance me to put up disabled leagues here in South Africa.I will really keep these people together and healthy.Lets put up a sports organisation for disableds. Email me at herbsafrica76@gmail / +27788773665
sangoma - 21-Apr-17 @ 4:25 PM
I am James harry living in South Africa.I really havelove for boxing and ihad a dream of promoting and training street kid so that they can discover their talents and give up with the street life.Pizza help me make my dreams true.My work am selling herbal medicine and i havea shop of muthi. Come, let's put our heads together and help africa.Email me at herbsafrica76@gmail / +27788773665.
sangoma - 21-Apr-17 @ 4:14 PM
Hi am a young man from saint lucia looking to help young kids reach their goals as a sports man in thus case there will be less young ppl on the stress in criminal activity and as a young man am really to start a football and cricket foundation but need sponsors thanks for understanding you have a bless day
Syilana - 18-Apr-17 @ 5:28 PM
Hi am looking at trying to find fundings to help us have our own club house and a mini bus we are join the Yorkshire cup next season so need as much funds as possible
Hull all blacks - 17-Apr-17 @ 12:59 PM
We are a non-profit organization that works to take care of the environment and help to improve the lives of the marginalized groups in society to overcome poverty. We expect to implement a project to establish a sports area for children of primary school 5 where they played during breaks in order to enhance their physical and mental health. Similarly we'd also set up a tree nursery for producing seedlings of fruit which will be planted around the school for children nutrition. This project needs £12,000 so we ask help on how to get money for implementation of this project. Simon
sammy - 16-Apr-17 @ 9:46 PM
Hi I run a traditional shotokan karate club, ages ranging from 6 - 55 at the mo, I've rang sport England asking about funding, they blankly refuse to support a karate club because it's high risk? No other reason even explain why it's high risk, so where do I go next, I'd like the club to have its own place and attract more people, by having it open 5-6 days a week, I've found a place but there's no way the club afford to get t up and running on it's own, monthly running the club can support it, Cheers Steve
Steve h - 8-Apr-17 @ 6:41 PM
Dawn - Your Question:
Hi, I am enquiring on behalf of my children's Kung Fu school. They are a social enterprise based in a deprived area in Wirral. They are considering holding a cultural celebration in October this year which would also allow children and young people to compete against others who practice kung Fu across the country. It would be a full day event that includes wushu Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Lion dancing and sanshou kick boxing as well as a cultural display that would include paintings, artwork, fashion etc. We are a not for profit social enterprise and need advice on whether any grants would be available to help us with this venture. Look forward to hearing from anyone that could point us in the right direction. Kind regards! Dawn

Our Response:
Try your local council and the sports organisations mentioned in the article and in comments below. Also it's worth looking at:
Wirral grants online
Sport England
The Arts Council
Awards for All Big Lottery Fund
Launch a crowd funding page to try and raise funds from people who have an interest in the topic or try something like
GrantsExpert - 4-Apr-17 @ 10:44 AM
Hi, I am enquiring on behalf of my children's Kung Fu school. They are a social enterprise based in a deprived area in Wirral. They are considering holding a cultural celebration in October this year which would also allow children and young people to compete against others who practice kung Fu across the country. It would be a full day event that includes wushu Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Lion dancing and sanshou kick boxing as well as a cultural display that would include paintings, artwork, fashion etc. We are a not for profit social enterprise and need advice on whether any grants would be available to help us with this venture. Look forward to hearing from anyone that could point us in the right direction. Kind regards! Dawn
Dawn - 3-Apr-17 @ 9:28 AM
We are a local rugby league team from Oldham called fitton hill bulldogs. We are looking for help for us to move on with work on our new ground drainage system pitch and changing facilities we need at least £10,000 pounds for the work.
Mick - 31-Mar-17 @ 10:11 AM
Hi we are a croquet club in Manchester and have an increasing membership of mainly retired citizens. The croquet hut requires enlarging to house all the members who shelter there during bad weather and also socialise. Can you please advise where we can obtain a grant to do the improvements. Thankd
Viv - 22-Mar-17 @ 5:28 PM
Dave - Your Question:
Im chairman of a table tennis club with 75 members, 60 adults and 15 juniors/children. We play in a purpose built in 1996 with lottery/Sport England table tennis hall on a sports ground. Unfortunately previous committee members signed a long term agreement with the site trustees for non exclusive use. New private owners bought the site 3 years ago and are now trying to force us out and/or triple our rent. We have been the sole paying tenants for 21 years and doesnt appear if we have any rights. Would we be able to apply again to Sport England for financial help to build another centre or if we source a venue potentially offer a grant to refurbish the building to the standard we require by the governing body? Thank you and apologies for the long message.

Our Response:
Contact Sport England, they may be able to offer you some advice on this. It might also be worth contacting a solicitor to make sure the rent increases are "reasonable"
GrantsExpert - 14-Mar-17 @ 11:30 AM
Im chairman of a table tennis club with 75 members, 60 adults and 15 juniors/children. We play in a purpose built in 1996 with lottery/Sport England table tennis hall on a sports ground. Unfortunately previous committee members signed a long term agreement with the site trustees for non exclusive use. New private owners bought the site 3 years ago and are now trying to force us out and/or triple our rent. We have been the sole paying tenants for 21 years and doesnt appear if we have any rights. Would we be able to apply again to Sport England for financial help to build another centre or if we source a venue potentially offer a grant to refurbish the building to the standard we require by the governing body? Thank you and apologies for the long message.
Dave - 11-Mar-17 @ 8:09 PM
paulina - Your Question:
Hello!I m interesting in getting informed of whether there is an EU funding for boxing clubs and in particular whether it covers any within EU travel expenses. thank you Paulina

Our Response:
Sorry we're not aware of any EU funding specificially. As suggested in the article and the comments below, you should try Sport England, Lottery Good Causes and England Boxing
GrantsExpert - 1-Mar-17 @ 10:12 AM
Hi we are a small bowling club in Country W.Awith only 18 very active members, we need to install a prefab toilet and looking for some grant funding to assist with the instalation can you help or point us in the direction of some funding
Frankie - 28-Feb-17 @ 9:53 AM
Hi, I'm looking to start a local 11 a side men's football team, is there any funding we can get to buy kits, balls and nets ect... we don't have bank statements for the club or anything as we would be setting a new club up all together, thanks.
Simon - 27-Feb-17 @ 7:20 PM
Hello! I m interesting in getting informed of whether there is an EU funding for boxing clubs and in particular whether it covers any within EU travel expenses . thank you Paulina
paulina - 26-Feb-17 @ 8:44 PM
Andysaint - Your Question:
Hi I'm involved with a grassroots football club both adults and youth. Both of these aspects are run separate as the men's needs can me much different than the kids. we are looking to get our own ground with two pitches one for the kids and one for the men. as they have different fa affiliation numbers would we be able to apply for seperate grants our would it have to be under the club umbrella thanks

Our Response:
You may be able to apply for separate grants. Some types of grants are available specifically for youth opportunities etc.
GrantsExpert - 24-Feb-17 @ 12:43 PM
Hi I'm involved with a grassroots football club both adults and youth . Both of these aspects are run separate as the men's needs can me much different than the kids.. we are looking to get our own ground with two pitches one for the kids and one for the men.. as they have different fa affiliation numbers would we be able to apply for seperate grants our would it have to be under the club umbrella thanks
Andysaint - 22-Feb-17 @ 9:39 PM
We are a football club who are just having new changing rooms builtfunded by sports Englandwe are looking to up grade are tractor and mower and was wondering if there was any grants available for that
mr forton jr - 21-Feb-17 @ 12:49 PM
Hello!Thank you for your kind gesture and opportunity.I run a martial arts club with over 70 members comprising both children and adults.I wish to have partnership with relevant organisation in your domain.
Coach Ken - 17-Feb-17 @ 12:39 PM
Andy - Your Question:
We are a Bowling Club in the Midlands with circa 60 members, our club was built in the mid 60s and is in desperate need of having its electrical wiring updated. Would this sort of thing be suitable to get a grant? We haven't got an estimate yet but I would say it will be around £5000. We open up our club to the community so the safety of the public is clearly a priority.

Our Response:
You could try Sport England, the National Lottery or Bowls England (assuming you're affiliated) for some help with this.
GrantsExpert - 7-Feb-17 @ 1:53 PM
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