Funding for Clubs and Groups
Big Lottery - Awards for All
Funding available: £300 to £10,000
Deadlines: Rolling programme
Revenue and / or capital funding of between £300 and £10,000 is available for projects which meet one or more of the Big Lottery's outcomes. Total project costs must not exceed £25,000.
The emphasis of the programme is to address issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. They will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.
Many sports clubs have successfully received funding for projects which meet some of these outcomes.
If you click on the Big Lottery logo above, it will take you through to a film about the key points to consider when applying to Awards for All.
To understand how the Big Lottery assess application forms, see their scoring guidance attached here.
- AfA England Scoring Guidance (PDF, 20 Kb)
Funding available: variable
Foundation Derbyshire is a non-profit organisation that provides independent funding for voluntary community action throughout Derbyshire.
Grants are distributed to voluntary groups which aim to tackle disadvantage and enhance community life in Derbyshire. There are a number of different grant schemes available through the Foundation.
East Midlands Airport Community Fund
Funding available: Up to £2,000
Deadlines: See website for details
The East Midlands Airport Community Fund was established in April 2002 and since then over £500,000 has been pledged to a whole range of initiatives which aim to bring lasting benefit to the communities around the airport.
The Community Fund Management Committee meets six times a year and is open to community groups within a defined area of benefit which includes parts of South Derbyshire, southern areas of Derby and Erewash (check the website for the area covered). Generally the maximum funding awarded is £2,000.
The fund's objectives include bringing the community closer together through facilities for sport, recreation and other leisure time activities.
Landfill Communities Fund and Derbyshire Environmental Trust
Funding available: variable
The Landfill Communities Fund will be of interest to not-for-profit clubs and organisations who want to develop amenities which are open to the public.
To meet the need for landfill tax contributions to go through an environmental body, Derbyshire County Council established the Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET). The DET has secured almost £11m from landfill operators for around 630 projects.
The Trust administers a number of different landfill funds which include:
1) Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete UK Limited
If your project is in the vicinity of a Lafarge Aggregates operational site you may be eligible to apply for a grant. Lafarge Aggregates have sites at Whitwell, Dowlow (near Buxton), Chaddesden (in Derby), Barrow on Trent/Swarkestone, Nether Langwith and Renishaw.
There are also sites at Alrewas (Staffs border) and Hemmington (Leics border). Normally projects must be within a seven-mile radius of the sites.
The project site must also be within a 10 mile radius of a licenced landfill site. Successful applications may be funded at any amount up to the requested figure, depending on available funds and/or other priorities.
The Derbyshire Environmental Trust is able to apply to Biffaward for funding towards projects adopted by the Trust. To be eligible projects must be within 10 miles of a Biffaward operation and 10 miles of a licenced landfill site.
There is a useful postcode checker on the Biffaward website which identifies if a project is within the correct radius. Potentially funding of up to £50K is available for community projects that meet the fund's criteria.
Projects must meet at least one of landfill communities fund's objectives. There are several different objectives. However, the one which sports-related projects is most likely to meet is:
"Where it is for the protection of the environment, the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site."
Upon enquiry the Trust is also able to advise about the other sources of possible funding under the Landfill Communities Fund, to whom organisations can apply direct including the Veolia Trust, Viridor Credits and the Sita Trust.
To find out more about the DET, whether your project may be eligible for funding, or to request an application pack, contact the Trust via email@example.com or on 01629 539182 / 538614.
Playing Fields Legacy Fund
The Playing Fields Legacy Fund is a small charity established to get more people, especially the young and disadvantaged, playing sport through more effective use of playing fields.
They offer grants of up to £10,000 to stimulate new investment in playing fields, including funding for drainage, levelling, returfing, ATPs, MUGAs and pavilions.
Click here for further information, please see the attached flyer below, or call them on 020 7713 8684
- Playing Fields Legacy Fund flyer (PDF, 47 Kb)
Community Investment Programme (England)
Funding available: up to £10,000 (with a maximum of £5,000 on capital
Deadlines: The funding will be committed over the period 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 at four decision making Committees which will take place quarterly
Community Investment Programme (England)
The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:
Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups
The funding will be committed over the period 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 at four decision making Committees which will take place quarterly (£125,000 allocated to each Committee). The first of these will take place in April.
Each Committee will only consider applications that address a particular theme outlined above. The Committee schedule is as follows:
April 2016 Committee (Skills)
July 2016 Committee (Employment)
October 2016 Committee (Health)
January 2017 Committee (Skills)
Applications can be submitted for up to £10,000 (with a maximum of £5,000 on capital items). To find out if your activity will benefit one of their priority target areas click on the link the East Midlands link.
Use their Guidance Notes to determine if your organisation and/or project are eligible and if you are confident that you meet the criteria.
For general enquiries, contact the CRT on 01226 272811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cash 4 Clubs
Funding available: £250 to £1,000
Deadlines: Their website details that the fund is currently closed (as at 27/09/16)
Cash for Clubs provides funding support to grassroots sports clubs all over the country. Grants can be awarded for a variety of purposes including, improving facilities, purchasing new equipment, gaining coaching qualifications or investing in the sustainability.
Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sport's National Governing Body or local authority.
Persimmon Community Champions Scheme
Funding Available: Up to £1,000.
Deadlines: See website for details.
Persimmon has launched its Community Champions Scheme to fund good causes across the UK. In the next 12 months they plan to give away up to £750,000 to fund local community initiatives.
Its charity match programme gives donations of up to £1,000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised funds themselves. Persimmon will be allocating £52,000 per month
The online application form is very straightforward, but there is a need to illustrate why your group or charity deserves a donation and you must state how much you've raised already.
Big Lottery - Reaching Communities
Funding available: £10,000+
Deadlines: Rolling programme
Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to five years.
There is no upper limit; however you will need to call them before you apply for a grant which is more than £500,000.
The programme will support salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment. They can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.
If you need more than £100,000 for a land and/or buildings project, please see the Reaching Communities buildings programme, where large capital grants are available in specific areas.
Central England Co-operative Community Grant
Funding available: £100 and £5,000
Deadlines: 30th January, 30th April, 31st July, 28th October
Central England Co-operative is committed to serving its local communities and welcomes applications for community projects.
Only members (who have been a member of for at least 6 months), or employees can apply. Successful awards are made to a range of community organisations.
Jewson Building Supplies - Transforming spaces and places
Funding available: between £1,000 and £5,000, with one £50,000 award.
Deadlines: see website for details.
Jewson Building Supplies has launched a vote-based competition aimed at transforming spaces and places in need of a little love and attention. The awards are meant to be used to support building projects of all shapes and sizes, no matter how innovative or ambitious.
The competition is open to any local group in the UK that has a 'big idea' that will benefit its community.
Nominations for innovative and ambitious projects which make use of sustainable products and practices are particularly welcome.
Regional winners will get support of £1,000 and £5,000. One project will win the main £50,000 prize.
The awards are to be used to help pay for the cost of building materials and labour and can be spent on anything from a new roof or a coat of paint for a neglected public facility.
Jewson will produce a shortlist of nominated projects, then communities will be asked to vote on which to support. After that, a panel will pick the winners.
Healthy Heart Grants
Funding available: Up to £10,000
Deadlines: There are different deadlines for different regions - see their website for further details.
Heart Research UK's Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.
The Healthy Heart Grant programme have funded over £1m projects around the UK; from cycling projects for the visually impaired to working with a Premier League Football Club to help players educate local children about the importance of keeping their hearts healthy.
Co-op Local Community Fund
Funding available: See website for details
Deadlines: As at 28/09/16 the Co-op's website details that they will be opening for applications later in 2016.
Every time a Co-op member buys selected Co-op branded products and services, 1% of their spend goes to a local cause. Also money from sales of the Co-op's reusable carrier bags, and the 5p legal charge on carrier bags will also be used to kick start the funding for each cause.
The Co-op's website details that they will be opening for applications later in 2016. Applications are open to charities which have been registered for at least 6 months. Your project needs to be in keeping with the Co-op's values. They'll also give priority to local charities with an income of less than £500,000 a year.
The fund won't support salaries or other running costs. Click here for more information.
Mansfield Building Society - Community Support Scheme
Funding available: £100 to £500
Deadlines: Applications considered twice yearly in May and November
Mansfield Building Society's Community Support Scheme is designed to help a wide range of groups that do their bit to help local people. Typical awards are between £100 and £500.
The scheme invites applications from groups within Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire (the Society has a branch in Chesterfield) that are in need of financial assistance to help with their objectives. Applications for funding are considered by a panel twice yearly in May and November.
The panel considers application for assistance in a number of different categories including those which promote and encourage sporting activities.
Applications not normally considered include applications from individuals, projects that promote party political activities or religious causes and commercial enterprises.
BBC Children in Need
Funding available: Small Grants of up to £10,000. Main Grants over £10,000
Deadlines: See website for details
The BBC's Children in Need grants programme is open to organisations working with young people who are 18 years and under and are experiencing disadvantaged through:
- Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
- Any kind of disability
- Behavioural or psychological difficulties
- Living in poverty or situations of deprivation
The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. There is no upper limit; however they make very few grants over £120K.
The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 for one year only.
Funding available: £40,000 to £75,000
Deadlines: See Comic Relief's website for details of closing dates.
Comic Relief's Communities and Sport for Change programme currently focuses on specific deprived areas within the UK. Unfortunately, at the moment this does not include any areas of Derbyshire. Keep checking back here, or on Comic Relief's website, to see whether this will change.
Tesco Charity Trust
Funding available: £500 to £2,500
Deadlines: See website for details
This fund will be of interest to schools and not for profit constituted groups etc not far from a Tesco.
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500 to provide practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, environmental sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities around their stores.
The fund usually only opens for a very short period of time – so check their website. Within their health theme they might support projects such as improving diets and encouraging healthy eating and involvement in sport and physical activity.
Decisions will be finalised approximately eight weeks after the closing date.
Heritage Lottery Fund
From football, rugby, cricket and tennis, to boxing, bowling, curling and rowing, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has supported projects related to almost every popular sport in the UK. Heritage Lottery Funding has conserved historic sporting sites and facilities, including Brockwell Lido in London and Victoria Baths in Manchester. However, the focus of most projects is the stories and memories behind the people, places, and events that make up our sporting heritage. Many projects have researched the history of local clubs, recording the memories of communities, players and fans. Others have explored the lives of sporting heroes, local links to the Olympic Games, and the diversity within sport, from Deaf tennis to Jewish boxing heritage.
We've already had some local success in the county with e.g. the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation's 'Proud to be Derbyshire' pictorial history celebrating the heritage of Derbyshire CCC. Also, Matlock Baileans Hockey Club's 'Jolly Hockey Sticks' project which celebrates their 70 year hockey heritage.
Currently the HLF are seeking more projects from Erewash and Derby.
Click here to find out more about the opportunities available to sports clubs through the Heritage Lottery Fund, or phone them on 020 7591 6042 / 6044 to seek advice about your sporting heritage project idea.
People's Postcode Trust - Small Grants Scheme
Funding available: £500 and £20,000
Deadlines: 31st May 2016 and 30th September 2016
A range of not-for-profit organisations and local constituted clubs can apply to the People's Postcode Trust Small Grants scheme.
Grants of between £500 and £20,000 are available for projects in England lasting up to 12 months. However, applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with the Charity Commission can only apply for up to £2,000.
Applications are invited for projects that focus on a number of themes including Healthy Living Initiatives.
To find out more click here.