Funding / Sponsorship


There are many opportunites for sponsorship / funding that are available for clubs or individuals – these are emailed to your representative whenever they occur but some useful links to ongoing funding can be found under the ‘Links’ page.


Please find below a table showing funding opportunities that clubs can apply for:


Funding Opportunity Brief Description
Barclays Community Sports Awards The Barclays Community Sports Award is a new award to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups that use sport to benefit communities across the UK.
Big Lottery Fund The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is responsible for delivering around half of all funds raised for good causes (14 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery Ticket) by The National Lottery. Since June 2004, BIG has awarded over £3.6bn to projects supporting health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Most of our funding is awarded to voluntary and community sector organisations.
BT Community Connections The scheme supports a diverse range of community and charitable organisations. In the past voluntary projects, silver-surfers, conservation organisations, family support groups, sports teams and youth groups have all been supported.
Cash 4 Clubs Cash 4 Clubs offers all sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1000. It is a simple scheme aimed at giving community clubs a helping hand and provide the opportunity to raise the money they need to invest in their club
Children in Need small grants The scheme is a Children in Need UK-wide small grants programme and is aimed predominantly at organisations which have not previously considered applying. The programme is open to any third sector organisation working with children and young people under the age of 18 for grants of up to £10,000.
Community Amateur Sports Clubs Registration as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) enables amateur sports clubs to benefit from a range of tax reliefs, including Gift Aid, Corporations tax, and Capital Gains tax and 80% non-domestic rates relief.
Inspired Facilities Fund Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.

Part of Places People Play, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, Inspired Facilites is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.

Just Giving for Sports Clubs JustGiving for Sports Clubs will help sports club members to raise more money, and claim Gift Aid, using the same award-winning tools as the biggest charities in the UK. JustGiving have dropped their subscription fees – worth £180 per year for every club – for all Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs), so clubs can sign up today.
Kelloggs Active Living Fund The fund will give small grants to fund projects and activities that directly lead to people taking part in sustained physical activity. The aim of the fund is to help remove the “barriers” which stop people being active. The maximum grant that can be awarded is £1000.
Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is an exciting new programme to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee led by its Patron The Duke of Cambridge. It is a landmark project to create a permanent, tangible and relevant legacy from the two major events scheduled to occur in the UK in 2012; Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.
Papworth Trust Grants of between £250 and £500 are on offer. A total of £2,000 will be available in 2010/2011 and a further £2,000 in 2011/2012. Athletes aged 12 or over with a disability can apply for an award.
Sport England Small Grants The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.
Sport for You In partnership with RBS, The Daily Telegraph is aiming to support sport at a local level through the launch of its ‘Sport for You’ grant. Community Sports Clubs can apply for up to £1000
Sport Relief Sport Relief offers grants from £1000 to £10,000 to support community groups (including clubs) who are widening access to sport, physical activity and recreation; using sport to boost confidence and self-esteem; and bringing communities together through sport and physical activity.
Sportsmatch Sport England’s Sportsmatch programme makes awards to not-for-profit organisations running projects at a community level which meet one or both of Sport England’s objectives of Grow or Sustain. We do this through matching eligible sponsorship pound for pound, up to a maximum value of £100,000.
Wells Sports Foundation The Wells Sports Foundation is a sporting charity created and entirely funded by successful entrepreneur, Barrie Wells, to provide financial and motivational support to sustainable grassroots sports projects. They provide grants to qualifying sports clubs to help fund legacy projects that will increase participation in sport both now and in the future.
Your Asda Foundation Trust ASDA see the foundation as one of the many ways to give something back to the communities that support them. They fund a wide range of good causes with which their colleagues are involved in, including everything from local charities and playgroups to football teams.
UnLtd Sport Relief Awards UnLtd Sport Relief Awards is a new £1m awards programme aimed at encouraging young people between 11 and 21 to use sport to tackle social issues in their communities


The opportunities above relate directly to sport and physical activity or will consider these activities. The exception to the list is sports specific funds which may be available from some of the National Governing Bodies of Sport.


We have provided information for the main funding opportunities of which we are aware. There are also a number of non-sport orientated small funds, often very local and specific, which may still be worth investigating. To gain more info Google the appropriate fund name. I have highlighted those that are simplest or we have had most success with in the past.