Running a sports or community club can be an expensive gig. From hiring out space and ordering team kit to buying equipment and arranging game day transport, the costs soon mount up – and the last time we checked, money doesn’t yet grow on trees.
But that doesn’t mean help isn’t out there. If your books are looking a bit bleak and you’re in need of a cash injection to help support and ensure the running of your club, here are five funding opportunities your sport and community group could be eligible for.
- Sport England – Small Grants
How much? £300 to £10,000.
What’s their aim? To support not-for-profit organisations who help to get more people active.
Who’s it for? Clubs with adults and young people aged 14+ who meet at least one of their aims, which are to:
- Encourage inactive people to become more active;
- Harness lasting sporting habits;
- Promote positive attitudes among young people;
- Develop more diverse volunteers; and
- Improve progression and inclusion.
- Sport England – Community Asset Fund
How much? £1,000 to £150,000.
What’s their aim? Their aim is four-fold:
- Improve and protect existing sports facilities that support the needs of local communities;
- Invest in new and different places that meet the needs of local communities;
- Ensure their capital investment reaches organisations who haven’t accessed it before; and
- Create a more resilient, sustainable, less grant-dependent sports sector.
Who’s it for? Sports clubs and community groups who’re dedicated to improving sustainable spaces in their local community, that allow people the opportunity to be active.
- National Lottery Awards for All
How much? £300 to £10,000.
What’s their aim? A) To bring people together and build strong, local community relationships, b) improve the places and spaces that matter most to communities, and c) enable more people to fulfil their potential by addressing issues at the earliest possible stage.
Who’s it for? Voluntary or community organisations, registered charities, constituted groups or clubs, not-for-profit or community interest companies, social enterprises, schools, and statutory bodies.
- Asda’s Green Token Giving
How much? Up to £500.
What’s their aim? They have four core aims, the most relevant of which is to support grassroots sports clubs with things like kit, refreshments, and equipment.
Who’s it for? Not-for-profit sports groups.
- Magic Little Grants
How much? £500.
What’s their aim? To inspire more people to participate in sports or exercise, with the primary end goal of improving participants’ physical health.
Who’s it for? Charities or community groups who are either in their first year of operation orhave an annual income that’s under £250,000. It’s worth noting, they give preference to projects that encourage social cohesion and support vulnerable people.Find out more >
Helping where we can
Here at SLS, we understand running clubs and groups can be tough on your purse strings, which is why we set up our school lettings initiative; to provide budget-friendly solutions to your space requirements.