Sport England: General

Sport England is committed to investing in clubs and projects across the country to create an environment that encourages more people to play sport.  Whether you need to make your clubhouse more accessible, want to improve the drainage of your pitch or need financial help to put on more coaching sessions, we have a funding stream that could help.

Funding streams include:

Protecting Playing Fields, Primary Spaces, Flood Relief Fund, University Sport Activation Fund, Inspired Facilities, Small Grants, Community Sport Activation Fund, Major Events Engagement Fund, Active Colleges, Improvement Fund, Strategic Facilities, and Iconic Facilities.

How to apply:

There is a simple streamlined application process with specific guidance and a central team of funding experts who you can call for advice.


Sport England: Sportivate

Sportivate is a £56 million Lottery-funded London 2012 legacy project that gives younger people the chance to discover a sport that they love.

The programme gives 14-25-year-olds who are not particularly sporty access to six-to-eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching in baseball and softball, as well as a multitude of other sports and activities.


Sport England Small Grants

Small Grants uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport.

If you are considering applying for a grant, Sport England encourages you to complete their pre-application checklist as a first step to see whether your project would be eligible.

How to apply:

Pre-application checklist:


CSP club funding​

There are 49 county sports partnerships (CSPs) covering England.  They are networks of local agencies committed to working together to increase the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity.  CSPs deliver Sport England programmes such as Sportivate on a local level.

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Mars Play Fund​

Every month, the Mars Play Fund will be donating cash awards to sporting individuals and clubs in need of extra funding.  Whether you need new kit, travel costs, extra pitch time, coaches, training or competition entry fees, just let them know how they can help on the application form.

How to apply:​


Wells Sports Foundation

The Athletes 4 Schools programme ran from 2009 up until the London 2012 Olympics, inspiring over 35,000 children.  This initiative involved elite athletes visiting schools in various parts of the UK to deliver free, fun and educational workshops through the power of sport.


Cash 4 Clubs

Cash 4 Clubs is a sports fund aiming to support grassroots sports clubs all over the country.

The fund has given away £40,000 in the past year to deserving sports clubs up and down the country.  Now it is stepping up efforts to spread the fund as far as possible to reach as many worthy sports clubs as possible.

Available Grants:​

Training for coaches to ensure they are all Level 1 standard, plus First Aid training.

How to apply:​

(Closed until next season)


Co-operative Community Sports Fund​

Last year, the Co-operative Membership Community Fund was able to give over £3.2 million to local projects.  These projects included sports clubs, theatre groups, rescue teams and children’s nurseries and provided funding for everything from tents to first-aid equipment.

What can be funded:​

Anything from equipment costs, help towards rent or fixtures, computer equipment etc.

How to apply:

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