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.


Open until 4th May 2017 [/trow]
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.
Sport England – Families Fund Projects will need to focus on families with children aged 5-15, with a particular emphasis on low income families, with children not achieving 60 minutes of activity each day and families living in areas of high deprivation. Sport England are looking to work with organisations, both sporting and non-sporting, who understand children and families and have a proven track record of working with them.Further information. £50,000 – £500,000

Open from 19th May 2017.

Future rounds to follow over the next 3 years.

Big Lottery – Awards for All Small grants of £300 – £10,000 are intended to help community projects better provide for the needs and aspirations of their local community. The project must aim to develop skills, improve health and/or enable people to be more active citizens. The project must be completed within one year and not yet have started. £300 – £1,000 Open
Cash 4 Clubs

For this year the funding can be used for staff or volunteers to take part in training, gain qualifications or certifications related to your sport. Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their National Governing Body or local authority.

£250 – £1,000 Open until 26th May 2017.

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.

Open 1st May – 31st July 2017 N/A.

Transform Foundation – Facebook and Website Grants

The Transform Foundation provides grants for charities to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams. The Foundation has two funding programmes – a Facebook Grant programme (which provides £5,000 of funding to spend on Facebook advertising, with potential scale-up funding of up to £10,000) and a Website Grant Programme (which provides a funding package of up to £18,000 to cover the upfront costs of a new charity specific website including strategy, design, development and training). The grant programmes are aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations.

Max of £5,000. Open
Jewsons Building Better Communities Nominate your project by 4th May – It may be a new sports club changing room, a much needed play area for children or a facelift for a community building that’s seen better days. The projects will be shortlisted and announced on 22nd May, if you’re project has been successful you’ll need your community to get behind you by registering their votes, voting closes on 16th June. The judging panel will consider the entry form and public vote; 50% of the overall score will come from the judges and 50% from the public vote. Support of between £500 – £10,000 is available, along with the Top Regional Winner receiving £50,000.

£500 – £10,000

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.