Getting your projects off the ground

Before embarking on a project it is important to know realistically how much funding is likely to be available for your project.

SAPCA funding advisor, Karen Woolland of wctd ltd offers a special funding service to identify for organisations what funds your project could apply for.

Wctd ltd offers a special discount to organisations enquiring via the SAPCA website. Below shows an alphabetical list of funders for capital projects, this list covers England only. It does not cover local small trusts and local authority grants.

Sport Scotland and Sport Wales offer their own lists of funding/advice to their organisations.

Please note that funding opportunities are constantly changing. It is advisable to check the funder’s website direct for the most up to date information.

Football Foundation - Facilities Grant

This fund aims to improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities that will sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults. The types of facilities that they give money for include:

  • grass pitches drainage/improvements
  • pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms
  • artificial turf pitches and multi-use games areas
  • fixed floodlights for artificial pitches

The maximum grant available from the Foundation for each facilities project is £500,000.  Where possible, the Foundation will expect the applicant to secure 50% of the total eligible project costs . Applicants must demonstrate a financial need for grant aid and contribute all of their available money to the project.  Process could take up to 30 weeks depending on complexity of project and size of grant requested.

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Football Foundation - Stadia Improvement Fund

Grant aid for football clubs in the Football League and the National League System down to step 7 and below in England and Wales who want to improve their facilities for players, officials and for spectators.

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Football Foundation – The Premier League and The FA Facilities fund

The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. The aims of this scheme are to:

  • Support the growth of football clubs and activity
  • Prevent a decline in football participation
  • Make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues

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Gannett Foundation

The Gannett Foundation funds projects that bring lasting benefits to communities served by Newsquest newspapers.  While preference may be given to ideas which create a durable legacy for the community, single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet our criteria will be considered.  Applications are invited from areas where a newspaper owned by Newsquest Media Group circulates.

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Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation has supported a wide range of organisations with grants of varying sizes.  Funding available for Charities and Education organisations for Community, Education and Youth.

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Grow the Game

Any LTA registered venue that can demonstrate sustainable growth through facility development and a tennis development plan can apply for this funding.

Awards for this fund will be allocated in funding rounds.

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Lawn Tennis Association - Grant and Loan Funding

Applications are assessed according to their contribution to British Tennis. This is based upon channelling resources to those tennis providers that will contribute most to British Tennis.   Only projects that will increase the number of adults and juniors participating and competing on a regular basis will be supported.

The tennis provider will also need to: be a registered place to play, have a proven leadership team in place, have a robust business plan showing financial sustainability, be Clubmark accredited. New sites can be Beacon accredited and working towards Clubmark, but must be able to become Clubmark accredited within 6 months of application, have the required level of partnership funding, provide a long term security of tenure i.e. freehold or leasehold with minimum of 21 years and the ability to assign the lease.  LTA will support Indoor Facilities, Low cost indoor structure, Outdoor Projects, Clubhouse development.

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Lawn Tennis Association- Easy access loan

Loans-Any LTA registered club that can demonstrate that the facility development will retain or grow membership can apply for this funding at any time.

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Lennox and Wyfold Foundation

The Lennox and Wyfold Foundation offers grants to registered charities in England and Wales.

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London Marathon charitable Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust supports organisations and communities that are committed to inspiring and increasing the numbers of people regularly taking part in sports and physical activities by providing grants for capital projects in London, Surrey, Aylesbury Vale and South Northamptonshire.


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Owen Family Trust Grant

Grant for voluntary and community organisations in the UK towards young people, older people and health opportunities.

Only supports projects in the West Midlands.

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P F Charitable Trust

Grants for advancement of amateur sport in the United Kingdom and only makes grants to registered Charities.

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People's Postcode Trust - Small Grants Programme

People’s Postcode Trust was established to provide financial support to charities and community groups on the advancement of citizenship and community development.

There are different regions eligible for different funding rounds and does not fund in areas which are supported by the People’s Community Trust.

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Percy Bilton Charity

Funding is available to UK registered charities with primary objectives to assist one or more of the following groups:  disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25); people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems); older people (aged over 60).

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Persimmon Homes

Monthly entry to be considered for a small community grant via their website.

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Peter Harrison Foundation - Opportunities through Sport Programme

PHF support sporting activities or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills.  Grants will often be “one off” grants for capital projects.

Charities or CASC’s can apply through on line expression of interest under their Opportunities through Sport programme.

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Postcode Community Trust

Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to provide financial support to charities and community groups that support environmental protection, community development, engagement in sport, advancement of health, promotion of human rights and prevention of poverty.

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Princes Countryside Fund

Our grants will aim to improve service provision in rural areas, support rural enterprise and provide training opportunities for young people and educating people about the value of the countryside.

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Robert Clutterbuck Charitable Trust

Grants are available to registered charities for projects in Cheshire and Hertfordshire for:

  • sport and recreational facilities for young people


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Robin Greaves Foundation

The Robin Greaves Sports Foundation ("Foundation") was established in memory of the Late Robin Greaves to provide financial grants to charitable organisations working to promote sports and recreation to those living in Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

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