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. We also recommend signing up to our fortnightly Energize Enewsletter, which includes a section on the latest funding opportunities each edition. Click here to go back to our home page and fill out the ‘Enews Registration’ form. Contact Energize for further signposting to funding sources and application advice: or call 01743 297192.


Name of fund Description Size of grants Dates
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 – £1,000 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 – Helping the Active Stay Active When Life Changes Major changes in a person’s life – like a serious injury or illness, moving house, starting a new job, having a baby or retiring – can get in the way of that active habit. That’s why Sport England are investing up to £10 million on supporting those who are regularly active, sport’s core market, to help them stay active. Download the Core Market Investment Guide. £50,000 – £500,000 Open for EOI until 22nd May at 5pm. Decisions from 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 1st -18th 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.
M&S Community Energy Fund

To support renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK. The fund will deliver £300,000 to community projects across the UK in £12,000 chunks to switch on bright ideas for renewable energy initiatives. This year will see a public vote, crowdfunding and judges prizes for the winners.

£12,000 max

Applications close 23rd June, with voting starting in September.

Greggs Foundation – Local Community Projects Fund

Funding is for projects that improve resilience within your community of interest. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work. Click here for further info.

Max of £2,000. Open until 24th June 2017.

Lords Taverners Minibuses Grant Programme

Last year the Lords Taverners, delivered 32 specially-adapted, wheelchair-accessible minibuses to schools, clubs and youth organisations across the UK. These vehicles give young people with disabilities access to new places and experiences. Applications will be accepted from schools/ organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability.  Please note that the Lords Taverners are unable to support schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children, or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.

N/A Open 1st May – 31st July 2017

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.

Energize’s Crowdfunding Platform

Podium Partners, Energize’s crowdfunding platform, is now open to accept applications from any person or organisation where the purpose of the campaign is to educate, develop and improve” through sport those taking part. Click here for more info.

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.