Sports and recreation

Looking for funding for your sports club, charity or community group that provides opportunities for leisure and recreation? This list of funders might be able to help.

As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.

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Living Sport

Living Sport is a local charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough through participation in sport and physical activity. Its Small Community Grant scheme provides grants up to £200 to help support new activity projects. It is also administering the Tackling Inequalities Fund on behalf of Sport England, with grants of £50 to £10,000 to work with disadvantaged people to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 on their activity levels.

Living Sport can also advise and support clubs on a range of issues including funding, training and membership of national bodies.

Sport England

Sport England has four grant schemes:

  • Small Grants offers £300 to £10,000 to help more people get active.
  • Community Asset Fund offers £10,001 to £50,000 for capital projects such as sports facilities
  • Return to Play: Active Together offers match-funding of successful Crowdfunder campaigns, up to £10,000.
  • Strategic Facilities offers grants of £500,000 to £2m and is primarily for local authorities to help them deliver their strategic vision for sports facilities.

Biffa Award: Recreation

Grants from £10,000 to £75,000 are available for capital projects such as playgrounds, skate parks and sports club facilities where it can be demonstrated that there is a range of uses from the wider community. Projects must be within five or ten miles of a Biffa facility (the rules are a little complex – check the website for more info).

Postcode Places Trust

Grants from £500 to £20,000 are available for projects that fall into one of eight categories including “enabling participation in physical activity”. Applications are accepted from a range of non-profit organisations but some, including CICs and unregistered charities, are limited to £2,000 funding. The fund accepts 100 applications per month, opening on the first working day of each month.

Football Foundation

Various schemes to promote football at all levels from grassroots to stadia improvements. Visit the website and click the FIND OUT MORE button below the Football Foundation funding heading to see the wide range of projects that can be funded from the various pots available.

The Swimathon Foundation

Grants from £500 to £2,500 for groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community. Funding has been on hold in 2020 due to COVID-19 but is expected to return in 2021.

Hedley Foundation

Supports registered charities working with young people in various areas including recreation and sport, offering grants of up to £5,000.

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

Grants for projects that encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for wheelchair users.

Peter Harrison Foundation

The Foundation’s Opportunities Through Sport fund supports sporting activity 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.

Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 to local community groups and sports clubs based in deprived communities that deliver sports with a focus on including young people (up to the age of 25) who would otherwise be excluded from sport.

Magic Little Grants

Organisations with an annual income under £250,000 can apply for grants of £500 to deliver projects under a wide range of aims including enabling participation in physical activity. The application process is designed to take just 10 minutes.

Boost Charitable Trust

Offers grants to non-profit organisations to help disabled and disadvantaged people participate in sport. Most grants are expected to be up to £750, although larger bids are considered.

The Dickie Bird Foundation

Offers grants up to £500 to people under 16 years old so they can participate in sport irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity. Grants are paid to individuals for essential sports equipment but not travel or coaching. The fund is not open to clubs or organisations.

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

Awards grants that allow disadvantaged young people to take up opportunities to develop an exciting interest in the great outdoors, such as walking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, sailing, horse riding and residential courses at outdoor centres.


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