Advice on funding:
Before embarking on a funding application, it is important to firstly;
- Carefully consider what you require funding for, how it will be used and who the funding will impact upon. Be prepared to insert as much of this information into the funding application so that the assessor fully understands your project and purpose.
- Read the funding guidance thoroughly and check that your club and project is eligible. Most funding providers provide a contact email or number should you have any queries.
- Collate as much insight and data to evidence your club’s need for funding.
- Develop a robust and clear financial plan to show how the funding will be spent.
- Speak to your BJA Club Support Officer about your application. They are experienced in writing bids and can offer support and guidance with your application.
In December 2015 the Government published Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation. It sets a bold and ambitious direction for sport policy which has been widely welcomed. It looks beyond simple participation to how sport changes lives and becomes a force for social good. At its heart are five outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.
In line with these outcomes Sport England has prioritised certain demographic groups who are currently under-represented in terms of their engagement with sport and physical activity. This includes groups such as lower socio-economic groups (LSEG), black/asian & minority ethnic (BAME) communities, disabled people and people with long term health conditions.
Sport England have pulled together some comprehensive research and guidance relating to each of these priority groups to help understand the reasons behind the inactivity. This information is useful for any club wishing to apply for Sport England funding or wishing to proactively widen participation within their club.
Applying to Sport England for Funding
If applying to Sport England for funding, there are mandatory requirements which applicant clubs must meet to be awarded a grant. Applicants applying for funding on a one-off basis (for example, for a specific project which has a finite life); and where the total amount of funding is less than or equal to £250k, will need to meet at least the Tier 1 requirements of a Code for Sports Governance. Click here for the Code.
Funding Search Tools
Searching for funding can be a daunting task. The following organisations can help you search across a range of funding providers locally, regionally and nationally based on your club’s individual needs.
We have compiled below some links to well-known funding providers.
Other Funding Providers
- ASDA FoundationASDA Foundation runs three streams of funding aimed at local community projects, top-up grants and grants voted for by ASDA customers.
- Aviva Community FundThe Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding from £1,000 up to £25,000 for an important cause/project in your community.
- Cash4ClubsCash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and invest in the sustainability of their club. The Cash4Clubs scheme has given out sport grants to many deserving recipients in the past and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future.
- Morrisons FoundationMorrisons Foundation funds local charities that have a new project which will benefit their local community, but who have not been able to secure funding previously.
- People’s Health Trust Active Communities FundPeople’s Health Trust Active Communities Fund invests in local communities to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. They believe that where you live should not unfairly reduce the length of your life or the quality of your health.
- Persimmon Community ChampionsPersimmon Community Champions are giving away up to £1,000 to fund local community initiatives across the UK.
- Peter Harrison FoundationPeter Harrison Foundation supports sporting activities or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills.
- The Postcode Community Trust FundThe Postcode Community Trust Fund offers grants of £500-£20,000 for projects which support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills and resources to effect change in their own communities
- SportsAidSportsAid helps young disabled and non-disabled athletes to achieve their ambitions by helping Athletes to meet essential costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment.