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.

Rugby Football Foundation - Helping Hands

The 'Helping Hand Grant' recognises that current economic times are difficult and provides a mechanism for clubs to apply for a small grant of between £500 - £1,500 for eligible Capital Projects (for example a new set of rugby posts, redecorating the changing rooms etc) with the club matching the grant on a £ for £ basis.

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Rugby Football Foundation Groundmatch Grant Scheme

The RFF offers grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 for a variety of projects to Rugby Clubs that are level 5 and below in the English Clubs Rugby Union Championship.  Projects must contribute to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players Projects can include: Pitch drainage or improvement, Rugby posts, Floodlights.

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Rugby Football Foundation Interest Free Loan Scheme

This scheme provides loans to clubs to help finance capital projects which contribute to the recruitment and retention of community rugby players. Clubs at level 4 and below are eligible to apply. The maximum loan available is £100,000. Loans are available on a ‘stand alone’ basis, but projects are considered stronger if they include additional funding (internally or externally generated).  Loan applications of up to £50,000 can be made in conjunction with Groundmatch grant applications.  Loans will be interest free and the maximum loan period will be 15 years.  Security will be required for the loan scheme, either in the form of a charge over property or personal guarantees. Up to £100,000. Maximum loan period is 15 years.

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Shears Foundation Grant

Grant for registered charities in the UK conducting projects in health. Focus on projects based in the North of England.

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Sir John Fisher Foundation Grant

Grant for voluntary and community organisations in the UK undertaking a variety of charitable activities under education.

The Foundation gives priority to applying its income to projects and causes based in Barrow-in-Furness and in the surrounding Furness area.

Exceptionally, occasional community projects from the remainder of Cumbria and North Lancashire will be considered.

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SITA Trust –Primary Fund (larger grants) -Smaller project fund

Primary Fund - offers up to £50,000 to not for profit organisations wishing to improve facilities for the benefit of the general public.

Smaller Project Fund - offers up to £20,000 to not for profit organisations wishing to improve facilities for the general public but with a shorter delivery timeframe.

Check eligibility via postcode checker on website.

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Sport England Small Grants Programme

The Sport England Small Grants Programme uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more young people (aged 14+) and adults take and keep a sporting habit for life.

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Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund

The Strategic Facilities Fund will direct capital investment into a number of key local authority projects that are identified through a strategic needs assessment and that have maximum impact on growing and sustaining community sport participation.

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Sport England's Improvement Fund

The Improvement Fund looks to bridge the gap between the Iconic Facilities Programme and the Inspired Fund and is aimed at medium-sized projects that will improve the quality and experience of sport leading to more people acquiring lifelong sporting habits.  This will be distributed via five funding rounds with £9m in 2015/2016 and 2016/2017.  These projects will have strategic importance to their National Governing Body.

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Sport England's Protecting Playing Fields

This programme will fund projects for playing field improvements that will contribute to both retaining and increasing participation in sport across England at the local level.

The programme will fund capital projects that create, develop and improve playing fields for sporting and community use and offer long term protection of the site for sport. Projects are likely to involve the construction of new natural turf pitches or improvement of existing ones that need levelling or drainage works.  £2m will be awarded in Round 4 which opens in December  2012 and closes on 18th Feb 2013.

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Sports England - Inspired Programme

Inspired Facilities is our £110 million programme that funds the renovation and modernisation of local sports facilities.

Eligible to any organisation eligible to receive Lottery funding.

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Table Tennis England

There are three key areas of investment based on evidence, knowledge and a recent facilities audit:

  • Club Table Scheme (£12,000)
  • To provide additional tables for established clubs
  • Club Improvement Fund (£60,000)
  • Grants of up to £10,000 towards upgrading existing facilities
  • Dedicated Multi-table Clubs/Facilities Fund (£200,000)
  • Grants from £20,000 to £100,000 towards extending or building a new facility

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The Astor Foundation

Although the primary object of the foundation is medical research.  They will support projects in the following areas:  Children and Youth Groups, Disabled, Countryside, Arts, Sport, Carer Groups and Animal Welfare.  Grants of between £250 and £1500 are awarded.

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The Community Tennis Fund

Any registered venue that can demonstrate the ability to grow community participation through tennis facility development.  This fund will be allocated throughout the year.

Complete enquiry form on weblink to progress an application.

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The Co-operative Group - Community Fund

The Co-Operative Community Fund offers grants between £100 and £2,000 to community, voluntary, or self-help groups to run projects.

To be successful, a group must: 

  • Carry out positive work in the community, address a community issue
  • provide a good long-term benefit to the community
  • support co-operative values and principles
  • ideally be innovative in its approach

Grants can be awarded for: equipment to event costs, help towards rent or fixtures, sport or computer equipment. Also, running costs including, rent, heat, light etc.

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The Foyle Foundation - Small Grants Scheme

Smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

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The Henry Smith Charity

Available to charities only, for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage. The charity makes both capital and revenue grants of up to three years.

The charity does not normally fund leisure, recreation and play activities unless they are specifically for disabled people, are able to evidence a significant rehabilitative benefit to people with mental health problems, improve life opportunities for young people or are directly linked to support services for old people.

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The John Laing Charitable Trust

Relevant main themes include: Education; Community Regeneration; Disadvantaged young people.  Register on site to be considered to make an application. For Charities and not for profit organisations.

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The National Hockey Foundation

The Foundation aims to encourage the development and growth of hockey by providing capital and operational funding to the sport through clubs and educational establishments in England and by support to England Hockey's youth development activities.

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Truemark Trust Grant

Grants for small, locally-based registered charities in the UK wishing to carry out community projects. Based in Hampshire.

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