How to get funding for my sports project

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  • Pioneer

Whether seeking funds for your local football group or trying to reach Olympic level High Jump, there are grant and sponsorship schemes across England that could help you. Below I have listed several of the main charities and schemes in the UK - hopefully you can find one that suits you.


The Sport England Small Grants Programme was set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation and develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. For example they help sports clubs by buying extra team kit or paying additional coaching fees. You can apply for any sum from £300 to £10,000 but the total project cost cannot exceed £50,000.


Awards for Allis a national lottery grants scheme aimed at local communities.  Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to support projects that enable people to take part in sport, art, heritage and community activities, as well as projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.


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. It uses this money to deliver a programme of new and improved community sports facilities across the country. The Foundation also funds projects that increase participation in football and other sports and address some of society’s key challenges, such as social inclusion, health, education and equalities. Meanwhile the Foundation runs a range of specific grant streams dedicated to giving rapid but targeted support to thousands of clubs and community groups through its Small Grants, Junior Kit and Goalpost Safety Schemes.


SportsAid focuses on giving awards to youngsters aged 12 to 18, from around 50 able-bodied and 25 disability sports. These athletes compete in national squads and the SportsAid Awards, generally worth around £1,000, help with costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment. SportsAid is also responsible for the Government backed Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), helping talented sports people balance academic life and performance sport.


UK Sport invests Exchequer and National Lottery funds (around £100 million of public funds each year) in Britain’s best Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes. This money is now supplemented by the income from a private sponsorship scheme 'Team 2012'. UK Sport works with each sport to provide support for athletes, providing everything they need from  coaches to research and innovation, talent identification and Performance Lifestyle support. It is accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is overseen by the UK Sport Board.


UK Sport Sponsorship Database lists potential sponsors for all types of sport projects.


And if you have no luck with charities or sponsors and want a far easier way to finance your sports project, try Crowdfunding. You simply post your project online, spread the word through your network of friends and propose rewards in return for donations. For more information on this type of funding, see ‘A brief history of Crowdfunding’. Take a look at the projects posted on Ulule for ideas, and read about all the projects successfully funded.


Please don't hesitate to add any others you know of!

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  • Pioneer

Thanks for the detailed and well structured article.

I know of one other one, the Foundation for Sport and the Arts, which channels money originally donated by The New Football Pools to a wide range of sporting (and artistic) causes.

However, I think the Foundation is closing in 2012, so you'd have to get in there fast!!


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