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We cannot supply you with pots of money; nor do we have the magic formula to guarantee successful applications. What we can do is offer guidance on where to look for funding and advice on some of the key principles to consider when submitting a funding application.

Key Principles

  • There is no secret formula to funding or grant applications
  • Try to match the grant to your project's need
  • Clearly identify your project and its outcomes
  • Identify how much money you need
  • Be clear and to the point
  • Plan the application process with the whole club

Planning Your Project

  • When form-filling, be clear about your project giving a brief description
  • Clearly identify the outcomes of your project
  • How will you deliver your project? Establish an action plan with timescales
  • Demonstrate sustainability - how will your project continue after the money has been spent?
  • Identify any risks which might jeopardise the project if funding is given
  • Look at how to minimise those risks
  • Preparation and planning will help to minimise paperwork
  • Most importantly - read the guidance notes which accompany the application forms

NEW - Please find the SASSOT Advice for Grants document which details help on requirements for funding, preparing and writing a funding proposal and essential tips and tactics for a sucessful application.

Key Funding Streams - Please clink on the relevant link of interest;


1.   Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Current Status: Open until 14 November 2014


‘ACCESS Across Staffordshire’ funding scheme has been established to encourage and support the development of new projects that particularly target under-represented groups. This round of funding will make grants of up to £2,000 available however projects will be required to provide 30% match funding (cash or in-kind) of the total project costs.


Aimed to increase the number of sports clubs being accredited or re-accredited with Clubmark/NGB accreditation and which can also be used for clubs to achieve a higher level of their current accreditation if appropriate. Up to £250 of funding is available to sports clubs who require financial assistance to achieve and pass their accreditation criteria which now includes coach qualifications. All sports clubs benefiting from the funding must be based within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to qualify.

Please note the Coach Development Grant is no longer available. 

2.    Sport England


Funding sport in the community

Building a world-leading system is not simple, it requires investment from us and our partners into a range of activities.

Some of these will have an immediate impact - such as providing sporting equipment or floodlights for a hockey pitch.

Other investment will show results in the medium-term - such as providing coaches or building new sports facilities.

Over the longer-term we will provide investment in the people, organisations and networks that grow and sustain participation in sport and lead on to sporting execellence.

Our funding programmes

Sport England is committed to the creation of a world-leading community sport system. This means focusing our investment on organisations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

In addition to our investment in key partners to deliver specific objectives, we are launching funding programmes open to a wide range of organisations. These include sports clubs, voluntary or community organisations, local authorities, schools, colleges and universities.

The current funding programmes are:

  • Small Grants

    Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. This application is worth spending a little time over and there are plenty of resources available on the website to help guide you through the process.

Designed in response to local demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund is a £40 million Lottery funding programme provide grassroots activity at a very local level. We will invest in what works best in your area, based on local need and evidence

The Inspired Facilities programme will focus on upgrading, extending and modernising up to a thousand local sports clubs and facilities with grants available from £25,000 - £150,000. Projects will range from building modernisations and extensions, sports equipment and lighting through to sustainability improvements that reduce carbon footprints and running costs.

Current Status: Round 2 closed 2nd December 2013


The Inclusive Sport programme is designed to increase the number of disabled young people (aged 14+) and adults regularly playing sport as part of Sport England’s wider commitment to increasing regular sport participation by disabled people.


Current Status: Round 2 closed 2nd December 2013. Successful applicants will be informed by 31 January 2014


We know that many organisations and clubs delivering sport struggle to provide sporting opportunities for disabled people because of a lack of access to specialist equipment.

To address this, the Get Equipped fund will invest £1 million of National Lottery funding in the provision of specialist equipment to deliver sport to disabled people. Building on the success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, this funding will help make sport a practical choice for many more disabled people inspired by the Games.

Current Status: Round 6 closes on 24 March 2014


Playing fields are one of the most important resources for sport in England but many of them are waterlogged or in a state of disrepair, so we are investing £28 million of National Lottery funding into improving community sports fields.


The programme is being delivered via eight funding rounds with approximately £4 million being awarded to projects in each round. The first five rounds of funding has benefited 336 projects who have been able to either create new natural turf pitches or improve existing ones that needed leveling or drainage works. 



Funding for Organisations, Groups and Clubs

Hands out half the good causes money from the National Lottery. They are committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need through these funding streams;

(1) Awards for All England
Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000. The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. To do this they want to fund projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:
  • People have better chances in life - with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
  • Stronger communities - with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.
  • Improved rural and urban environments - which communities are better able to access and enjoy.
  • Healthier and more active people and communities.

(2) Reaching Communities
The Reaching Communities programme has two strands:
 - Reaching Communities - funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects and/or smaller capital projects up to £50,000
 - Reaching Communities buildings - funding of between £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects
Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities most in need. Projects can be new or existing, or be the core work of your organisation.


The trust aims to Build On Over-looked Sporting Talent. All of its activities, are designed to 'champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport'. Grants are categorised into small awards (£500 or less) and large awards (over £500).


CASH 4 CLUBS is a scheme that gives money to grassroots sport. Any sports club that is registered with its sports' National Governing body or local authority can apply. They do not restrict entries to certain sports or certain activities. You might be looking for funding to help with coaching of young kids or you may be after a grant to help buy a new boat or help renovate your current facilities.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving causes and is committed to finding yet more sports clubs to help in the future. With awards of £250, £500 and £1,000 available, Cash 4 Clubs is giving away real money that can help your club.

          Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Caudwell Trust is inviting applications for the Enable Sport Programme. This will provide specifically designed sports equipment to enable disabled children and young people to participate in sport. Applications must be made on behalf of a particular child who must be 18 years of age or under at the time of application.


Current Status: Open with no current end date


The Coalfields Community Grants programme in England is aimed at organisations, community groups and social enterprises that can make a positive difference in our communities. We value the incredible work that takes place, the opportunities created and the activities delivered that change lives in often challenging circumstances and this programme builds on our track record of providing grants that respond to local needs.


We can offer a grant up to £10,000 to support your project. This can be for capital or revenue costs or a mixture of both. Please note we have set a limit of £5,000 on the amount of capital funding you can request from us.


CASC can assist which providing tax breaks for clubs. To be eligible the club must be properly constituted as a not-for-profit organisation, with no provision for payment to members during the life of the club or upon dissolution. It can be either unincorporated (ie an association of members with unlimited liability) or incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (not shares).

Current Status: Large Grants closed 18 July 2014. Small Grants closes 1 Sept 2014.


Car manufacturer Ford have been running their Ford Britain Trust for a number of years and now run two grant programmes;

Small Grants offers up to £250, available 4 times a year. Large Grants offers amounts from £250 to £3000 twice a year.

All the information you need, including the application form can be found on the website.


Current Status: Open with no current end date


Funding is available to encourage UK-based young people with disabilities to participate in sporting activities with the provision of manual sports wheelchairs, specially adapted minibuses and the support of the game of cricket at grass roots level. Who is eligible? Must cater for young people under 25 with special needs. Deadline: The Foundation meets quarterly to review applications.


Current Status: Open with no current end date


The foundation has an Opportunities Through Sport Programme aimed at assisting sports activities or projects for disabled or disadvantaged individuals.


People's Postcode Trust welcomes innovative and entrepreneurial project proposals which bring a direct benefit to the local community in which the group operates. Awards up to £10,000.

Examples of projects include: helping people of all ages to take part in community sport projects and purchase of sports equipment to improve standards and involve more people.


Aims to use the power of sport and sporting activity to bring about positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and their communities. Funding is for: community groups, small charities and schools. 


Under the Sita Trust's Enhancing Communities Programme grants of up to £50,000 are available to not for profit organisations and community groups for projects that make physical improvements to community facilities. There are now 70 new qualifying SITA UK waste treatment sites included in the programme. SITA will accept applications from projects which are within 3 miles of qualifying SITA UK waste processing sites.

The next closing date for applications is 5pm on the 17th March 2014 for the Core Fund.


Current Status: Open with no current end date

The charity sported. has both funding and Business Mentors available for groups across Staffordshire who are delivering community sports projects. They are keen to receive applications from organisations delivering community sports activities across Staffordshire.


Current Status: Open with various end dates


County Council Funding Streams available to Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations in Staffordshire.


Current Status: Open with no current end date

Midlands Co-operative Society Limited is committed to serving its local communities - every time you shop at one of our trading outlets, you are helping us to help you. This year we will be putting 1% of our trading profit back into the community. We will be making cash awards from £100 up to £5,000 and will be judging applications every three months. Applications to the Community Fund can only be submitted online. Grants between £100 and £2,000 are available. If you are a newly formed group (less than three months) the maximum you can apply for is £500.


Current Status: Next round to be announced

The aim of the Torch Trophy Trust Bursary is to help volunteers improve their skills as coaches or officials if they are unable to do so without funding. The Bursaries provide financial support for those wishing to undertake training. A Torch Trophy Trust Bursary is awarded to enable individuals or groups to enhance their knowledge in order to assist their club, organisation or community to develop their chosen sport, by making grants of up to £1000.  


Current Status: Open with no current end date

Funded by Comic Relief and provide opportunities for young people aged 11 - 21 years to bring communities together, to help promote understanding and solve problems through sport, arts and recreational activities. 3 categories of funds are available, up to £1,000, up to £5,000 and up to £10,000.


Current Status: Open with no current end date

Each month, Waitrose branches around the country will distribute £1,000 between three local projects, through its 'community matters' giving initiative.Through this scheme, Waitrose will allocate £1,000 a month to each of its 190 branches to distribute amongst three local community projects as chosen by its customers and employees. To be considered for a donation, why not get in touch with your local Waitrose branch, http://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/bf_home/bf.html, and pick up a nomination form from the Customer Service Welcome Desk.


Current Status:  Not currently open for applications in your local area


People’s Health Trust’s new Active Communities Funding Programme aims to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, live, work and age.
The programme will focus on neighbourhoods where people living within them will, on average:

  • die 7 years younger than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
  • spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with disability than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
  • have higher rates of mental health problems;
  • have a lower quality of life.

The Active Communities Funding Programme awards grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to local community and voluntary organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000 a year, delivering small projects lasting up to 18 months, in the 25% most deprived neighbourhoods (based on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation) in Great Britain.


Fundraising for organisations, groups and clubs

B4S is a social enterprise that supports colleges, sports clubs, schools, youth clubs, communities and charities by turning unwanted clothing into useful cash.
50 full bags could earn a sports club £200 and B4S will pay a further 2% on top for donations over a tonne.

ClubDraw helps clubs in every sport, large or small, to raise those all-important funds. Any club can join the ClubDraw network to offer their supporters chances to win weekly cash and amazing 'Prizes That Money Can't Buy' - all while helping to raise funds for good causes in their club or community.
It's a great way to support a club while having the fun and excitement of a guaranteed weekly prize draw! Whatever your sport, whatever the size of your club, you can raise money with your own localised lottery.

Clubs register for free and as a member you are able to raise money, save money and access support e.g. place an advert on your clubs website and earn up to £150 per year.

easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores including Argos, Next, Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV, and over 600 other top name stores. Whenever you shop with any one of them using the links provided on the easyfundraising site, you'll generate a free donation for NAYBC of up to 15% off the purchase price every time!
It really is that simple! It doesn't cost a penny more to shop and raise funds in this way. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers give exclusive discounts, special offers and even 'e-vouchers' when you shop through the easyfundraising site.

Provides you with a stress free approach to raising valuable funds. Fundrazor's vision is to become your most important fundraising partner. They want to help you by giving you great fundraising ideas.

There teaming up with leading entertainment partners and venues across the UK to supply you with unbeatable ticket offers for fundraising groups. All the tickets are cut-price. The tickets you buy can all be sold on to family and friends for the full price and all the money you raise you keep! You choose your fundraising events and they supply you with the tickets. For further information please visit http://www.fundrazor.com/ where you will be able to register and open an account.

A recycling company that focuses upon the recycling of mobile phones, inkjet cartridges and toners. Through the schemes sports clubs, schools and community projects can gain FREE products and experiences for Sport. The range of rewards and further information on the schemes is available at www.reciproc8.co.uk or call 0845 194 8288. Setting up a scheme is easy, it's done on-line and only takes a couple of minutes. 

Funding for Individuals / Performance Athletes

Current Status: Open with no current end date

ASDA Sporting Chance will be allocating everyone of their stores with two budding young local athletes. Through SportsAid, they will provide each one of these young sportsmen and women with a grant every year until 2013. In addition, each of their stores will be supporting their local athletes on a community level by carrying out fundraising activities to raise additional money for things like training, equipment and travel.


BOA Passport Holders can access the National Sport Centres on a free of charge basis for training. The BOA will negotiate, on behalf of the BOA Passport Holders, with local sports centres to help gain free of charge access to training facilities for the athletes supplementary training. Athletes will have been nominated to the BOA by their NGB.


Current Status: Check with your NGB directly

OCS Young Sports Person Awards give out over £35,000 to up and coming young sports people to help with training, travelling and competing.


Current Status: Check with your NGB directly

This is open to amateur sports people aged 12 -16 years in the United Kingdom who are competing in various able-bodied and disabled sports, who are members of national squads and have been nominated by their National Governing Body of Sport.  There is no age restriction for disabled athletes. Grant aid ranges from  £250 - £500 and is available to support travel, training and equipment as preparation for competition in major international competitions.  


Current Status: Closed on 6 March 2015 

Staffordshire County Council's (in partnership with Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent) Staffordshire Talented Athlete Fund (STAF) offers awards of up to £750 to help support some of the county’s most promising young sports people to meet the costs associated with training and competition.

Awards are made to young people in three categories, Gold, Silver and Bronze, in selected sports to reflect the range of talent in the County.


Access the Guidance Notes and Application Form


Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Football Foundation is the UK's largest sports' charity. Funded by the Premier League, The Football Association and the Government, the Foundation directs £40m every year into grass roots sport.

Current Status: Open with no current end date

The Foundation aims to encourage the development and growth of hockey by providing capital and operational funding to the sport through clubs and educational establishments in England and by support to England Hockey's youth development activities. Who is eligible? Organisations/charities/companies How much can you bid for? There is no maximum amount awarded, although the Foundation is unlikely to award grants for less than £10,000 or more than £75,000. Deadline: Applications can be made at any time.

Current Status: Open with no current end date

Grants for amateur rugby clubs in order to encourage the recruitment and retention of rugby players in England. Who is eligible? Rugby Union club at level five and below in the English Clubs Rugby Union Championship (ie the leagues). How much can you bid for? The minimum grant available is £1,500 and the maximum is £5,000. Deadline: Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed at regular intervals.

Local Funding

There are a number of sports grant and funding schemes run by the local authorities within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for clubs and athletes. Please click here to find further details.


The Community Budget can really make a big difference helping communities get schemes and projects started.There are three types of grant available through the Community Budget:Grants for Individuals of up to £250, Small Grants of up to £500 and Large Grants of up to £5,000. Please click here for more information.


If you need any further guidance try your Local Authority sport's development team, your sport's National Governing Body officer or contact Ben Hollands at Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.




Can't find what you are looking for?


Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can offer clubs & organisation that are based within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent a new service by searching GRANTfinder to find specific funding providers for your project.


Simply download the SASSOT Grantfinder Project Search form, complete it with the details of the project you want funding for and return it back to Ian Duckmanton, Investment Manager on iduckmanton@staffordbc.gov.uk


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