Promoting Sport & Physical Activity

Sports equipment

Sport England Funding
Whether you need to make your make your clubhouse more accessible, want to improve the drainage of your pitch or need financial help to put on more coaching sessions, Sport England have a range of funding streams that could help. Please note some are currently under review. 


Sport England Small Grants
Awards £300 – £10,000 for non-profit organisations to help more people play sport


Advanced Learning Loans for Level 3 or 4 courses
Apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider if you’re 24 or older. The course must be an eligible Level 3 or 4 course. Courses are paid for by a loan scheme, for which monthly re-payments are due only when you are earning over £21,000 per annum


Awards for All Lottery grant
Small grants scheme between £300 – £10,000 available, to improve local communities


BBC Children in Need Grants
BBC Children in Need fund organisations working with children and young people of 18 years and under to combat the disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.


Bowls England Coaching Bursary
Any individual affiliated member of Bowls England may apply for financial assistance for up to 50 per cent of the cost of the course. Applicants must be at least 17 years old


British Cycling Coaching Bursary
The bursary scheme is open to all Go-Ride club volunteers and will provide £120 towards the cost of a Level 1 Coaching qualification, or £150 towards the cost of a Level 2 Coaching Qualification.


Budweiser Club Futures
The programme aims to help clubs become more financially sustainable and play a bigger role in their local community. This is aimed at Football Clubs (non –league clubs in steps 5-7) with funding available between £50,000 to £100,000.


Big Lottery – Celebrate 
Grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community. Priority will be given to 
projects which demonstrate communities coming together


Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC)
This HM Revenue & Customs website outlines tax-break opportunities for community sports clubs


Erasmus+ programme
Supports development & implementation of innovative ideas at European, national, regional and local level


EMD Academy Open Bursary Scheme
Up to £100 towards short courses and workshops and up to £150 towards recognised qualifications Maximum grant no more than 50% of cost


English Schools Football Association Bursary Scheme
Any full-time teacher wishing to undertake an FA Level 1, 2, 3 or age-appropriate coaching qualification may receive up to a maximum of 75% of the course cost.


Garfield Weston Foundation Community Grants
One-off grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the arts, education, youth, health, Community, environment, religion and welfare.


Groundmatch Grant Scheme
Rugby Football Foundation clubs at level 5 and below can apply for either a Groundmatch grant of between £1,500 and £5,000 or a Helping Hand grant of up to £1,500. Both schemes require matched funding on a 50:50 basis


Interest Free Loans
Rugby Football Foundation’s Interest Free Loan scheme provides up to £100,000 in an interest free loan to capital works to clubs at level 4 and below


LTA Coach Bursary
The LTA South East is offering registered venues an opportunity to apply for a bursary (up to £200) for the growth and development of coaching workforce. Individual coaches who benefit from the bursary will be expected to provide 10 unpaid hours to the venue in return.


McDonald’s KickStart grants
Local community football teams can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,500 to be used towards training courses, pitch hire, van hire etc.


The Rowing Foundation
Grants of £500-£2,000 available to rowing organisations affiliated to British Rowing (other than via their governing body)


Wells Sports Foundation
Grants from £500 – £2,000 available for coaching & umpiring qualifications through your sports club to support development of children & young people


Central Social and Recreational Trust
Grants of up to £1,000 available to clubs affiliated to a National Governing Body, working with under 21-year-olds


Football Foundation
Funding streams include: Facilities Fund, Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Youth Football Goalposts, Mayor of London Sports Facilities Fund 


The Lord’s Taverners
Grants for youth sport – cricket, rugby, golf, football, tennis and basketball


The National Hockey Foundation
Grants of £10,000 – £75,000 available to organisations to grow hockey at youth or community level


The Shared Access Scheme
Free floodlights for local football clubs which will also house wireless antennae to enable broadband coverage