Sources of funding

There are too many funds available for sport and physical activity to list all of them here, however below are some sources you may want to consider. Contact Energize for further signposting to funding sources and application advice: or call 01743 297192.

Name of fund Description Size of grants Dates
Sporting Capital First social investment fund in England that focuses specifically on organisations and projects that help to develop communities through sport and physical activity For brochure – click here
£50,000 to £150,000 Open
Sport England – Small Grants Small Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are open for applications from community sports projects which enable everyone regardless of background or level of ability to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. For new activities or for expansion of an activity. £300 – £10,000 Open
Sport England – Community Asset Fund Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing spaces for the local community, providing more opportunities to be active. Whether you already own or lease a facility, or are considering taking over grounds or a facility, Sport England are keen to hear from all. Statutory bodies and educational establishments will need pound-for-pound partnership funding. Download the Community Asset Fund guide. £1,000 – £150,000 Open

Sport England – Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage

Focusing on inactive people from lower socio economic groups.

£10k- £50k.

Launching July 2017.

People’s Postcode Lottery Funding

People’s Postcode Lottery have various funding programme for new or expansion projects with clear outcomes and sustainability. Funding for events or statutory bodies is not applicable.

People’s Postcode Trust – Ensuring people have the skills, opportunities and rights to improve their lives. Particular focus on conflict resolution, human rights, equal rights and prevention of poverty.

Postcode Community Trust – Focuses on initiates that benefit communities through grassroots sport, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives.

Postcode Local Trust– Supports wildlife areas, sustainability initiatives, local indoor and outdoor spaces and citizen programmes.

Postcode Dream Fund – Up to £1 million available for innovative partnership projects. Leading applicant must have turnover of £1 million or more. Open on 14th July. Projects delivered over 2 years. Favour projects which support communities or young people.

£500- £20,000 for registered charities. Up to £2,000 for other non-profit organisations.

Next open round 15th – 28th August 2017.

Persimmon Healthy Communities

Persimmon Healthy Communities supports amateur sport for young people in England, Wales and Scotland. From May to December 2017 Persimmon are giving away 30 monthly donations of £750 each to purchase sports kits and equipment for teams and individuals aged 21 and under. In January 2018 one entry will be chosen to go forward to a national competition. The national prize is a massive £200,000 and two runners up prizes of £50,000 each and 27 finalist awards of £5,000 each.

Max £750. Last round December 2017.

Sport England – Families Fund

Grants of £50,000 – £500,000 will be available for projects which support families to be active together, focus on children ages 5-15 years and lower socio economic groups. Sport England will look to invest in sporting and non-sporting organisations who have a track record of working with children and families.

£50k – £500k.

Online expression of interest form opened 6 July 2017 and will close 31 August 2017 at 3pm.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation supports the work of charities and not-for-profit organisations that address rural and urban deprivation. Who can apply: Local and national charities or not-for-profit organisations including CICs and social enterprises. The Foundation also has funding available to support capital projects at hospices and for Village Halls and Community Centres.

  • Large Grants £10,000 – £45,000 to cover capital costs
  • Standard Grants £6,001 – £12,000 for revenue or one-off capital costs
  • Small Grants below £6,000 to cover capital and revenue costs.

The Fore Trust

The Trust is offering development funding and business support to expand the capacity of small charities, social enterprises and community interest companies. To qualify applicant organisations will need to have a turnover of less than £1 million per year. To apply for funding, organisations must register at the start of each funding round. Numbers for each round are capped and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the cap is reached, the round is closed. Once successfully registered, organisations are invited to submit a simple application. More information at:

Up to £30,000. Open 24th July – 29th August.

St James’s Place Foundation

The Foundation aims to make a significant difference to the lives of children and young people. The Foundation will support projects that benefit young people with special needs, disadvantaged young people and people with cancer. Registered charities and special needs schools can apply.

Maximum of £10,000 in any two-year rolling period.

No deadlines.

Percy Bilton Charity


The Percy Bilton Charity gives assistance to organisations and individuals in need throughout the UK. Grants are available for furnishings and equipment (excluding office items), building or refurbishment projects. Who can apply: Registered charities working with: Disadvantaged/ underprivileged young people (under 25 years of age), People with physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems, Older people (aged over 60).

Large grants: one-off payments for capital expenditure of £2,000-£5,000  Small grants: up to £500 towards furnishing and equipment

Continually open.

Impact Management Programme

Learn how to make a real impact with funders, investors and commissioners. The Impact Management Programme has been designed to build the capacity and provide support for charities and social enterprises seeking to manage their impact. The programme supports groups to analyse and respond to their impact data – using it to change and improve programmes and services. This will help groups to increase social impact and diversify income. There are two parts to the fund, depending on your stage of impact management: the Pathway strand, and the Growth strand. View the full news item OR go straight to the programme information page.


The Dulverton Trust

Purpose: The Dulverton Trust supports a wide range of activities including:

  • Helping disadvantaged children and young people
  • Disadvantaged people and communities
  • Wildlife habitats
  • Heritage skills training, particularly where it may benefit a disadvantaged group.

Who can apply: Medium sized UK registered charities with an income of £200,000 to £5 million)

Funding: up to £35,000

Deadline: Applications can be made at any time. The Trustees meet in February, June and October.

Further information:


Comic Relief Youth Social Action Fund

The fund aims to deliver social action opportunities to young people aged 10 to 20 years old, or 25 for disabled people. Projects can deliver opportunities in a range of contexts and settings: for example online, extracurricular, in clubs and groups, informally, or as part of structured programmes. Groups should engage young people in ongoing regular volunteering OR demonstrate how another youth-led method will be as effective at engaging young people in social action.

Contact Sheenagh Davis for further information:
Herefordshire Community Foundation
T: 01432 272550 I W:


vInspired Cashpoint grants

Purpose: The Cashpoint grants scheme is for young people who have an idea for a project to improve their local community. The funding is available to individual young people (or small groups) who have developed a project idea and will run the project themselves. Projects must be run on a volunteer only basis and funded projects must create at least two new volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds (in addition to the applicant).

Who can apply: Young people (aged 14-25). Applications must come from young people, not organisations. vInspired is currently only accepting applications for sport-related projects.

Funding: Up to £500. vInspired cashpoint must be the only funder for the project.

Deadline: Applications can be made at any time.

Further information:


Morrisons Foundation Charitable Grants

Purpose: The Morrisons Foundation seeks to make a positive difference to people living in England, Scotland and Wales. It offers grants to charities undertaking projects that improve people’s lives.

Who can apply: UK registered charities

Funding: There is no specific grant amount that can be applied for

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Further information:


Aviva Community Fund

Purpose: Launches on 12 September to give community projects, including those working in sport and recreation, the chance to win funding that will change lives.

Funding: Community projects of all sizes have the chance to win funding ranging from £1000 to £25000

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Further information:


Other sources of funding

Several sources of funding are often required for larger projects; Sport England have developed this page on their website with information on gift aid, finance, equity, shares, tax relief, social sector loans and more.