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Attracting a Grant to Fund Your Sports Club

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 24 Sep 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Funding For Sports Local Sports

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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Hi, I am a mother of a gymnast and was wondering if you could point me in the direction of where I could apply for and funding/grants that could help our local gymnastics club secure new equipment etc
Jess - 24-Sep-18 @ 2:15 AM
Hi! Im a member of our local scuba diving club, based in South Wales, not too far from the Gower Peninsula. The club has been active for approximately 25 yrs, and most of our training kit - which we use with new members in the pool and on sea dives - is looking very tired and a bit scaby! We need our kit to pass the rigorous safety tests before we can use it, and obviously without the kit we cannot attract new members. Looking for a grant so that we can renew at least some of our kit. Thanks
Les - 16-Sep-18 @ 8:19 PM
I wanted to start a kickboxing group for kids and adults would like to know if I could get funding for it me and my son do kickboxing
Lynn - 12-Sep-18 @ 7:12 PM
Hi I am just wondering if you are able to find my boxing club because we have so many children in the club and the gym is very old and we do not have much equipment and the equipment we do have is old and ripped if you could get back to me as soon as possible that would be great thanks
Beechy - 8-Sep-18 @ 9:08 PM
I'm the secretary of a fishing club in West Cumbria and looking at funding specifically to remove a build up of silt in the two lakes that we maintain. Our latest pond which is 4 acres has lost significant depth (over 60% of its area) due to 300-500mm of silt build up. If action is not taken within the next few years the lakes will become lost to all and not just to the fishing club as the area is used by the local area for dog walking, picnics and wild life watchers in general. The estimate to remove the silt is in excess of £70k. We are also looking to totally regenerate the woodland walks and fishing areas around the lakes to provide a safe environment for all and the estimate for this work is over £120k. The club funds cannot accommodate a total project spend. We are looking at local community funds and the Heritage lottery, but I would also be interested whether there are any funds specifically available for environmental impact support for the removal of silt?
HAC - 2-Sep-18 @ 11:10 AM
I play for our local lawn bowls club , and we're looking for funds to replace our existing clubhouse. Can anybody give some advice on who to contact about possible grants.
GRC - 1-Aug-18 @ 3:17 PM
Hi am looking for grant or funding for u11 u13 & u15 kids cricket for equipment and clothing. Can you advise me were to look for financial help.
Paul - 18-Jul-18 @ 11:54 PM
We are in the process of building a sports club for the youth of the area. We require development fund. Or even match fund for capital building. Project is worth 960k we are halfway and raising funds locally. We are very quickly drying up. Which pits of funds can we tap into to complete the project.
nazir Okhai - 11-Jul-18 @ 1:22 AM
Hi We are currently trying to set up a new judo club in a brand new accommodation but at the moment we have no mats, as our existing mats belonged to to leisure centre. We are trying to get grants / funding from as many sources as possible for our mat area and we wondered if you could help. We have some steady classes at the moment and we wish to move for start of September and expand to include self defence and mixed martial arts. We also train all the elmbridge players for the Surrey youth games and have kids and adults from all walks of life Can you help us In anticipation Nichole santoriello
Nicky - 2-Jul-18 @ 12:59 PM
Jo - Your Question:
Hello, I am a parent of a young dancer who attends a local dance school. The dance school offers a great opportunity for children in the local community to get involved in building their confidence, dance ability and friendships through dance. They are based in one of the local churches and would really appreciate funding to support not only repairs and decoration of the studio but also the purchase of safety equipment i.e gym mats for when the children are practicing acrobatic dancing. Your advise on obtaining any available grant funding would be greatly appreciated

Our Response:
The organisations in the above article and in comments below are good places to start. Try also local businesses, especially if they are related in some way, such as sports equipment, dance kit retailers as they may feel more inclined to offer sponsorship/one off funding.There are some useful resources here
GrantsExpert - 26-Jun-18 @ 2:47 PM
Hello, I am a parent of a young dancer who attends a local dance school. The dance school offers a great opportunity for children in the local community to get involved in building their confidence, dance ability and friendships through dance. They are based in one of the local churches and would really appreciate funding to support not only repairs and decoration of the studio but also the purchase of safety equipment i.e gym mats for when the children are practicing acrobatic dancing. Your advise on obtaining any available grant funding would be greatly appreciated
Jo - 24-Jun-18 @ 12:34 PM
Looking for some money to help o.a.p.club to get a few outings which we can’t afford now .club is in Cumbernauld glasgow
Skinny - 21-May-18 @ 10:18 AM
I am a member of a fishing club for retired members is thier anyway we can get monie to help run the club ,thanks Mike
Mike - 18-May-18 @ 8:24 AM
Hi I am looking to obtain funding £350 to purchase football equipment to set up a new youth football team for under 12 age group. I’m struggling with the normal methods and wonder if you knew who might help! Thanks Paul
Biggav818181 - 23-Apr-18 @ 6:38 PM
We are a traditional aikido club in the North west and have been serving the community for over 40 years. We are looking for funding for equipment and other costs so people can train more often without the concern of not being able to afford it due to low-income/single parents etc. We teach children and adult classes several times a week and want to offer it to more of the community and generate interest in the art. Aikido fosters non-violence, non-aggression andco-operation. It builds confidence, improves posture/balance/physical fitness in a supportive and nurturing environment while teaching the skills needed to defend oneself, should the need arise. We want to have more people training, more regularly and with all the necessary equipment etc. Any links/suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hagakure - 16-Apr-18 @ 8:21 PM
Hello, I am a member of an all ladies basketball club in southeast London. I am trying to raise funds for my club because the demand for basketball is increasing rapidly in our community and we need more professional and qualified PE teachers that could train a large group or small separate groups of ladies within our club. We are also in need of new team kit and equipment for this growing sport. So we are pleading for the £10,000 donation thank you as this would not just help our club greatly but would illuminate our ladies in our club knowing they can concentrate on playing with all heart. Thank you
Maryam - 4-Apr-18 @ 11:28 PM
Hi we are a newly formed girls rugby league section in Leeds (South Leeds Spartans) with girls in U12s, U14s, U16s and open age and are looking for sports equipment and kits ie post protectors, corner flags new playing kits etc we raise money currently through lottery’s, raffles bag packs etc but are needing around £10,000 to really kick start us. Which funding is available to us ???
Spartan - 29-Mar-18 @ 5:13 PM
We are a small social crown green bowls club in Rangemore near Burton on trent and are looking to provide sessions for school children and new adults. Unfortunately our clubhouse facilities are in need of repair or replacement, especially the chemical toilet. We would really appreciate your advice on appropriate funding bodies that could help. Best wishes, Sue Nickson, Vice Chairman
Sue - 28-Mar-18 @ 6:59 PM
joey - Your Question:
Hello I am a committee member for riddrie bowling club glasgow g33.i am looking for funding for our bowling club. we are in need of a new roof which at this moment is a wooden one with felt and in very poor condition. and the flat roof is leaking badly right now we are desparate for help its affecting the whole club. members youngsters elderly and disabled. we have no monnies left over after bills are paid we the committee have had a meeting and have came to a decision that we may have to close down this vital part of the club for safety reasons.we are coping ok with what we have but the two roofs are a must we are a non prophitable club we have no money for the amount needed to replace 1 roof and refelt another

Our Response:
Please see the response to @keith below who has asked a similar question.
GrantsExpert - 19-Mar-18 @ 2:42 PM
hello i am a committee member for riddrie bowling club glasgow g33 .i am looking for funding for our bowling club . we are in need of a new roof which at this moment is a wooden one with felt andin very poor condition. and the flat roof is leaking badly right now we are desparate for help its affecting the whole club . members youngsters elderly and disabled . we have no monnies left over after billsare paid we the committee have had a meeting and have came to a decision that we may have to close down this vital part of the club for safety reasons.we are coping ok with what we have but the two roofs are a must we are a non prophitable club we have no money for the amount needed to replace 1 roof and refelt another
joey - 17-Mar-18 @ 12:12 AM
LJ - Your Question:
I am a PE teacher taking a number of students on a Netball tour to Spain for the first time. The trip has come at quite a cost already and I was looking to help support some of the families who are struggling with payments. I only require a small amount but to cover the cost of training the training session whilst we are out there. Where we are a school I am finding it hard to bring in funding but with budgets so tight I can't get the money from anywhere.

Our Response:
It might be worth trying local businesses, or your school's PTA first of all. England Netball. You could also try crowd funding options like Just Giving.
GrantsExpert - 16-Mar-18 @ 12:48 PM
I am a PE teacher taking a number of students on a Netball tour to Spain for the first time. The trip has come at quite a cost already and I was looking to help support some of the families who are struggling with payments. I only require a small amount but to cover the cost of training the training session whilst we are out there. Where we are a school I am finding it hard to bring in funding but with budgets so tight I can't get the money from anywhere.
LJ - 15-Mar-18 @ 9:30 AM
Hi there. I am a volunteer at my Martial Arts group. We have been trying to raise funds so our Sensei can travel to Japan and do his next level with his instructor. We have raised a small amount through back packs and cake sales. Is there any funding or grants that could help us meet are target? Much thanks Larren
Larren - 10-Mar-18 @ 12:13 PM
Hi there I am a volunteer at my martial arts club. I am trying to raise funds to make enough money so our Sensei can go to Japan and do his next level with his instructor. We have raised as small amount through back packs etc. Is there any funding or grant that would be able to help me the target? Much thanks Larren
Larren - 10-Mar-18 @ 12:08 PM
Stainsbygirl - Your Question:
Hi, last year we formed a triathlon club in Hartlepool with the express wish to introduce the sport to new and young people as well as including people of later years rather then just elites. We have now got a vibrant clientele but we lack funds to train coaches so that we can make the club sustainable. We also want to keep the cost to people of lower income to an affordable level so that we can encourage more people to participate. Which of the funding options would you recommend?

Our Response:
Try them all! You could also try:
UK coaching and your local council/sports development body
GrantsExpert - 2-Mar-18 @ 2:18 PM
Hi, last year we formed a triathlon club in Hartlepool with the express wish to introduce the sport to new and young people as well as including people of later years rather then just elites. We have now got a vibrant clientele but we lack funds to train coaches so that we can make the club sustainable. We also want to keep the cost to people of lower income to an affordable level so that we can encourage more people to participate. Which of the funding options would you recommend?
Stainsbygirl - 28-Feb-18 @ 12:11 PM
I am a long standing committee member of Tynemouth Cricket Club and I was looking into any grants available for solar panels and rain water harvesting tanks to help the club become more self sufficient We are CASC registered
Fanta - 21-Feb-18 @ 11:11 AM
Keith - Your Question:
We are a small crown green bowling club in West Midlands. We run on the receipts from annual membership fees which means we have very little in the bank. We have to share the limited toilet facilities of a private gym/health club next door. This is not always suitable for us as those facilities are not available when the gym is closed so it is an issue when we play evening games. We would like to find funding to build our own toilet facilities. We feel that our club cannot move forward and attract new members with our existing arrangements. Can you suggest a source of funding for us? Many thanks

Our Response:
Here are some ideas to try:
Ask your local council and local businesses for sponsorship, grants etc
Sport England
Big Lottery Fund
Bowls England
Cash 4 clubs
GrantsExpert - 12-Feb-18 @ 9:59 AM
We are a small crown green bowling club in West Midlands. We run on the receipts from annual membership fees which means we have very little in the bank. We have to share the limited toilet facilities of a private gym/health club next door. This is not always suitable for us as those facilities are not available when the gym is closed so it is an issue when we play evening games. We would like to find funding to build our own toilet facilities. We feel that our club cannot move forward and attract new members with our existing arrangements. Can you suggest a source of funding for us? Many thanks
Keith - 9-Feb-18 @ 11:15 AM
Netty - Your Question:
Hi we are small group non profit Artistic roller skating club. Ages between 3-15 we run the club from a school as we cannot afford our own unit. What and who can we approach for funding please. Artistic roller skating is not as big as other sports but however we do go to competitions up and down the UK and we have a team that will be competing in British Champs just need help on funding please thanks

Our Response:
You could try you local authority sports development association or similar local sports organisations. Also try:
Big Lottery Fund
Sport England
Variety
GrantsExpert - 6-Feb-18 @ 10:24 AM
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