Funding streams for the voluntary sector


Max Value: TBC

Support for organisations to provide sport / physical activity to young people aged 11 – 25 years old in a minimum of 12 week blocks aimed at young people who do not regularly take part in sport. For more information contact

Sport England Small Grants Max Value: £10,000

  • Awards are for amounts from £300 to £10,000. Total project costs should not exceed £50,000
  • Projects must be deliverable within 12 months and provide a monitoring report within 13 months of the date of the offer letter
  • Projects must seek to increase participation in sport, sustain participation in sport or provide opportunities to excel at a chosen sport
  • Sporting outcomes must be the main focus of the project. Applications for projects using sport as a means to an end are acceptable, but there must be a clear sporting benefit.
  • Projects must be focused only on sports currently recognised by Sport England and delivered to beneficiaries based in England
  • Decisions within 10 – 12 weeks

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Cheshire Community Foundation

Cheshire Community Foundation supports a wide range of charitable giving aimed at improving the quality of life for local people in Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester and Warrington. The Foundation gives grants to goups addressing priority needs within Cheshire & Warrington, and aim to:

  • Target community need that is informed by local research and local consultation
  • Focus support to achieve maximum effectiveness
  • Enhance community and voluntary activity in Cheshire
  • Encourage best practice among community and voluntary groups
  • Give help where it is needed most

Cheshire Community Foundation want to make applying for one of their grants as easy as possible. As such, the Foundation have a number of funds available that support a wide range of needs across Cheshire. Including:

  • Small Grants Programme (grants from £1 to £1,000)
  • Main Grants Programme (grants from £1,000 to £25,000)
  • Warrington Older People’s Fund - Small Grants Programme (grants from £1 to £1,000)
  • Warrington Older People’s Fund - Main Grants Programme (grants from £1,000 to £5,000)
  • Youth Social Action Programme (grants from £1,000 to £5,000)
  • Comic Relief Local Communities Programme (grants from £1,000 to £5,000)
  • Young Minds Matter 2017-18 (details TBC)

Cheshire Community Foundation actively encourage grant applicants to talk to them before filling out an application form. That way they can save you time if your project is not one that they are able to support.

For more information call 01606 330607, email to or visit the Cheshire Community Foundation website at, where you can also read the Foundation’s FAQs and Grant Making Principles.

NB Grants programmes open and close regularly so please do check the latest opportunities and deadlines.

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Value: Each Councillor has up to £10,000 and provides grants around £250

Children in Need Small Grants Value: Up to £10,000 per year Value: Over £10,000 for a 3 year project

  • Can include revenue funding
  • Outcome must align with the Children In Need Vision – Every child in the UK a safe
  • Any Sport application must help the individual child, such as increase confidence
  • Focus should be on the child – what is the child disadvantaged from?


Value: Unknown

  • Capital only projects
  • Can fund the improvement of parks and open spaces
  • Must have match funding

For more information visit

The Morgan Foundation

Value: not prescriptive

  • Will fund projects in Cheshire
  • Projects must be Children & Family focused as well as disadvantaged families
  • No application form all applicants should contact Jane Harris

For more information visit

Cash 4 Clubs

Value: £250 to £1,000

  • Sports funding which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.
  • Funded by Betfair and is supported by Sports Aid

For more information visit

Torch Trophy Trust Value: £1,000

Up to £1,000 to develop sports volunteering at a local level

For more information visit

Rowing Foundation

Value: £2,000

The Rowing Foundation is a registered charity. It s purpose is to promote the participation in rowing of young people (those under 18 or still in full time education) and the disabled of all ages.

The Foundation gives grants of £500 - £2,000 to help organisations and clubs involved in on water elements of the sport of Rowing who are individually affiliated to British Rowing (other than via their governing body) and whose requirements may be too small or who may be otherwise ineligible for an approach to National Lottery or other similar sources of funds.

For more information visit

National Hockey Foundation

Value: £75,000

The foundation primarily makes grants to a wide range of organisations that meet one of our chosen are to focus: o Young People o Enabling the development of hockey at youth or community level o Smaller Charities

For more information visit

Canoe Foundation

Value: £1,000

In the last ten years the Canoe Foundation has awarded in excess of £190,000 worth of grants to more than 156 projects, which have in turn benefitted over 35,000 individuals. Applications and successful awards have increased considerably over the past few years, with over £80,000 awarded in the last three financial years.

Most grants are awarded through the Charity’s Small Grants Panel which meets three times a year, in February, June and November. Their remit is to award grants specifically relating to Young People and Disability (Equality) in line with our Application Guidelines and Criteria. The Small Grants Panel has a budget of £25,000 per annum therefore the usual grant awarded is up to £1,000. However, in exceptional circumstances the Small Grants Panel may award up to a maximum of £2,000.

For more information visit

The Football Foundation – Grow The Game

Value: £1,500

The Foundation’s Grow the Game provides grants up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA and delivered by the Foundation increase participation by both players and volunteers

Applications are welcome from organisations that are ‘not for profit’ and planning to set up a minimum of two new football teams over the next two years.

Organisations must have a signed constitution (with an appropriate dissolution clause), child protection policy, equal opportunities policy, bank statements and income/expenditure records (for all accounts held by the organisation).

For more information visit

Big Lottery Awards for All

Value: £300 - £10,000

Awards for All in England in England offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities groups, schools and health organisation, parish and town councils

10 – 12 weeks for assessment

For more information visit

Biffa Award Small Grants

Value £5,000

The scheme offers grants of between £250 and £5,000 to support improvements and access to local amenities such as a community building, nature reserve, cycle path, playground, cultural facility or outdoor space.

For more information visit

Princes Trust Development Awards

Value: £500

Development Awards are cash grants of up to £500* to help young people get into education, training or employment.

Who can apply? UK residents: o Aged 14 – 16 and not expecting to achieve five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades A- C o Aged 16 – 25 and not in education, training or employment

How does it work? Eligible young people are invited to meet face to face with Prince’s Trust Awards Assessor to discuss their Award and to fill out an application which will ten be sent to a Prince’s Trust Awards panel for a decision. The whole process can take up to 6 weeks so applications should be made well in advance, if possible.

For more information visit

The People’s Postcode Trust – Small Grants

Value: £500 - £10,000

Our small grants programme exists to try and make the world a better place through short-term, project specific funding.

Through this programme, we provide funding for projects of up to six months in length, ranging from £500 up to £10,000 (£5,000 in Wales) to registered charities, community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations.

For more information visit

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation – Small Grant Scheme

Value: £5,000 - £10,000

This scheme concentrates on projects addressing Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation.

Applicants must clearly show in their appeal how their project fits into one or both of these categories.

Within these overarching themes, we are interested in three areas, Community Support, Disability and Healthcare, Arts, Education and Heritage.

For more information visit

Tesco Bags of Help

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.

Administration of the local funding is being managed by the community charity with a green heart, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.

For more information visit

SUEZ Landfill Communities Fund

Value: £1 - £50,000

SUEZ Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF.

For more information visit

Comic Relief – Sport for Change

Value: Up to £100,000

The Comic Relief ‘Sport for Change’ grants programme focuses on how sport can play a part in delivering positive change within the lives of individuals and communities. Also how sport can tackle social issues to achieve measurable social change.

The priorities are:

  • Disadvantaged people – increasing inclusion and well being
  • Increasing community involvement
  • Increasing knowledge of how sport can be used as a tool for social change

For more information visit

Big Lottery Fun Reaching Communities Grant

Value: £10,000 - £500,000

Reaching communities funds projects that help people and communities most in need. Projects can be new or existing, or be the core work of you organisation.

Reaching communities want to fund projects that respond to needs identified by communities, and those that fund projects that help the most in need including those people or groups who are hard to reach.

Reaching communities has two strands:

Revenue and small capital – funding from £10,000 to £500,000 for revenue projects and/or smaller capital projects up to £50,000

Buildings – funding between £100,000 and £500,000 for large capital projects

For more information visit

Football Foundation – Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Value: Unknown

The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Foundation.

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Rugby Football Foundation – Grants & Loans

Value: Unknown;

The Rugby Football Foundation have a variety of grant and loan schemes for clubs to support growth and development. Schemes include:

  • Helping Hands Grant (grants from £500 to £1,500)
  • Groundmatch Grant
  • Interest Free Loan Scheme (up to £100,000)
  • Green Deal Loans (up to £20,000)

For more information visit

Sport England – Inspired Facilities Fund

Value: £50,000

Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sports facilities.

Part of Places People Play, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, it is investing £50 million of National Lottery Funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014. You have more than one opportunity to apply for an Inspired Facilities grant, with each round awarding up to £10 million: Round 5:21 October 2013 to 16 December 2013 – 5pm deadline

This means you have time to pull together a strong application that stands the best possible chance of success in what will be a competitive process. Grants will be awarded to projects that make the best case. Community and voluntary organisations, including parish and town councils can apply for grants worth between £20,000 and £50,000. At least 70% of the available funding available is set aside for these groups. Local Authorities, statutory bodies and education establishments such as schools, can apply for these grants between £20,000 and £150,000.

Do I need partnership funding? We would prefer you to have some partnership funding – either cash or in kind. This can be from your own funds or from partners. However, we know funding can be difficult for voluntary or community groups to find, so we won’t rule out your application if you don’t have any. This also applies to parish and town councils. Please don’t rush your application or send it in half complete because a round is about to close. Take your time, gather all the information you need and make the best possible case for your project and the local community want to help.