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Attracting a Grant to Fund Your Sports Club

By: Jennifer Lowe - Updated: 22 Mar 2017 | 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 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
Hi. I've started coaching a sport called "floorball".It's like indoor hockey. We have lots of interest and several people showing up on a weekly basis. With ages from 13-55 years. The problem is that the gym we use is very old. And requires refurbishment. Most important is to have the floor replaced with a "proper" sprung floor, as the current one is solid and gets very slippery. I have got the price for a new floor discounted down to £40000. Would this be something I could get help with? Many thanks Andreas
Andreas - 6-Feb-17 @ 10:25 PM
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.
Andy - 6-Feb-17 @ 3:17 PM
Homer - Your Question:
Hi. I am seeking fundng to develop a junior grassroots football Club. We need changing rooms, and creation of a new grass pitch. Problem is, all the Football Foundation schemes demand 50% match funding, and we have only a very small amount of reserve funds. How are Clubs in this situation expected to be successful in applications when we could never reach 50% of what is required ?

Our Response:
Will local businesses help, how much you could you raise as a club, through fund raising activities in your community etc?
GrantsExpert - 6-Feb-17 @ 12:15 PM
Hi. I am seeking fundng to develop a junior grassroots football Club. We need changing rooms, and creation of a new grass pitch. Problem is, all the Football Foundation schemes demand 50% match funding, and we have only a very small amount of reserve funds. How are Clubs in this situation expected to be successful in applications when we could never reach 50% of what is required ?
Homer - 3-Feb-17 @ 7:42 PM
Hi I'm involved in our local cricket club, and we are in need of some new equipment for our young hard ball cricketers. Our pads are a bit threadbare, gloves are odd sets & the bats & helmets aren't really fit for use. We have 4 teams competing at hardball competitive cricket this coming season. I wondered if you could point me in the right direction in trying to obtain some sort of grant to purchase the equipment. We're only talking about a relatively small amount, aybe a few hundred pounds. We'd even be happy with some good quality second hand equipment that clubs may have stored away that they no longer use. Any contact details of potential pathways/avenues to obtain such grants would be appreciated. Kind Regards Neil French
Frenchy - 2-Feb-17 @ 3:00 AM
Hi my grandsonaged 11yrs is a junior member of Lancaster Tennis Club and in the Spring /Summer months attend coaching at the club once a week. Heloves it and is doing well. In the winter months the Coach continues weekly coaching but indoors using the Lancaster & Morecambe College Sports Hall. As a result of the cost for Hire which is more per hr than the coach charges the club is running at a loss during the winter coaching. The coach has brought my grandsons group on so well that he would like tolet them have a One & half hour session ( at present only one hour) but the extra hire of the hall would make the loss larger . I would estimate the present loss is approx £20 per lesson. The club do not want to increase members cost too much as that will put parents off. It is so important that children should be encouraged to be active and my grandson does Tennis and is a member of a junior Football club. Help is required I believe for winter months coaching only. Can you help or do you know where I can go next. Thank you for reading this and I look forward to receiving a response. Regards Pam Evans from Morecambe
SOCKS - 25-Jan-17 @ 10:24 PM
I help run a local community kayak club, we share premises and equipment with a commercial activity centre owned by the local council. Both parties own their own equipment but allow each other to use it as required. The commercial centre are now encouraging our club to make a joint application for funding to Sport England to buy some new equipment. The majority of the grant is for equipment of their preference but they have offered to include a small number of kayaks of our choosing. And we will have use of the other equipment. We are keen to work with the activity centre but we have also identified various other equipment that we need to replace and had already been considering making our own separate grant application. My question is will making a joint application with the centre be the detriment of the likely success of any grant application with make separately ourselves? The centre were looking to make our joint application to Sport England. If it were successful does this mean we would be less likely to be successful if we make another application to Sport England in just the canoe club name? Will other bodies that award grants such as the lottery see we have been awarded a grant and look less favourable on another application? Thanks for any advice.
LT - 24-Jan-17 @ 11:20 AM
Hi, I am a member of a local boxing club near Bradford. I started off just using the facilities for my own training about 6 months ago. After a few trainers came in and dropped out I was asked to fill in and take a couple of boxing classes, coaching youngsters from the age of 13 to 18. I really enjoy doing this and do it on a voluntary basis. I would like to do official coaching qualifications to expand my knowledge but do not have the funds to pay for this. The club is a great asset to thecommunity in a fairly deprived area and relies on people like me and the club manager dedicating our time. Would it be possible to apply for funding towards a coaching qualification?
The Mauler McKay ??? - 19-Dec-16 @ 9:28 PM
We are a small rugby club in north coventry and our boiler/ heating system has finally given up. We are desperate for a new system and our funds prevent us from getting on with the need. Have you any advice where I can apply on behalf of the club for some funding on this? Thanks
GWKRFC - 7-Dec-16 @ 3:58 PM
Hi I have set up a very small scale preschool gymnastics club. Fully qualified and insured where I do all the admin and coaching. I rent the gym hall. Equipment purchased has all been provided by myself. First term has been a huge success with a waiting list in place due to the demand. The classes I offer are from 18mths up to 5yrs with a desire to develop to offer a 4-6yr old session in the near future. I would love to continue to grow and develop the club with additional equipment to enhance the physical experience . Any advice for grants to help purchase more equipment would be much appreciated.
Mini Gymnasts - 1-Dec-16 @ 2:51 PM
Hi we are a cricket club based within the Leeds-Bradford region, we have been a cricket club the upcoming year 2017 would be our 127 year of existence,However as we are all aware as times are getting harder we are finding it difficult to continue running all aspects of our cricket club, in total we have 3 teams in place, my main purpose for this comment is to request best possible areas were we could find sponsorships from or even funds to help up continue the long lasting heritage of our club throughout both districts. We also run a under 13 cricket team and we hope to continue and aspire youngsters to acknowledge and be fascinated by the fine sport of Cricket hope to hear back from you soon with your best suggestions as we need to improve all aspects of our club I.E sports products, machinery, score boards. Etc
Hussain Khan - 24-Nov-16 @ 9:45 PM
Pcy14 - Your Question:
A sports club my child attends in a very run down area is under threat of losing the use of the premises they've been at for 25 years. While very sad, it's not ideal anyway & could be a great opportunity to move to better suited premises, expand the service provision & welcome many more children. My question is are there any larger grants available for building purchase and/or adaptation? Thanks!

Our Response:
You could try Sport England and the National Lottery, some of their grants are quite sizeable. If you can prove thatas an organisation, you are prepared to do fundraising to fund part of the cost, they will be more willing.
GrantsExpert - 23-Nov-16 @ 12:38 PM
A sports club my child attends in a very run down area is under threat of losing the use of the premises they've been at for 25 years. While very sad, it's not ideal anyway & could be a great opportunity to move to better suited premises, expand the service provision & welcome many more children. My question is are there any larger grants available for building purchase and/or adaptation? Thanks!
Pcy14 - 23-Nov-16 @ 6:59 AM
We are looking to purchase an aerator for our lawn bowls green. we applied to Sportswales who refused our application on the grounds that it was maintenance equipment we were asking for. Our reason was that a new aerator would speed up the green and get rid of the heavy factor of the green, which in turn would help older and younger members when bowling because the heavy factor would have gone. Please could you advise a welsh bowling club where they could access a grant for maintenance equipment which we can offer £2000 towards its final cost of £5900. Barry
Barry - 14-Nov-16 @ 9:35 AM
We need outlet village Tennis courts to be fully resurfaced and have been quoted around £26,000! May you point me into a direction where we may find a grant please?
Caroline Martinson - 4-Nov-16 @ 7:29 AM
Q - Your Question:
Hi, I am looking for funding in the sum of £3600 to install an artificial cricket pitch. The total cost is £7200, £3600 is going to be match funded by the local community trust. Can anyone assist

Our Response:
Can your cricket club do some fund raising to help? The England Cricket Board runs a small grant scheme and you could also try Sport England
GrantsExpert - 2-Nov-16 @ 2:08 PM
Hi, I am looking for funding in the sum of £3600 to install an artificial cricket pitch. The total cost is £7200, £3600 is going to be match funded by the local community trust. Can anyone assist
Q - 2-Nov-16 @ 11:04 AM
Hi,i am involved with a non profit kickboxing club in lancashire. We are wondering were to look for funding with getting new equipment and help towards a new mini bus,our current one as just been taken off the road due to not being safe.The minibus is used daily to pick children up from deprived areas to get them off the streets and to training. Any help would be appreciated Kind regards Leanne
Riggers - 26-Oct-16 @ 7:14 PM
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