Whilst their specialisation and awards may be different, these funding bodies have something in common. Their goal is to increase sports participation by providing better, more accessible facilities. They allocate their loans to those most in need, targeting clubs at grassroots level. Applying for funding is a gruelling process; it takes time, commitment, and passion. Nonetheless, if you plan well and sing your praises, you are sure to get your hands on some cash.
Sport England provides National Lottery funded awards of £300-£10,000 for projects under £50,000. They supply grants to build or fix grassroots facilities. Not-for-profits and statutory organisations are eligible. They pay for improvements to floodlights, 3G turf pitches, games areas, as well as maintenance or drainage of grass pitches. Funding is awarded to those who align with Sport England’s mission statement. They aim to increase sport participation, particularly in those between 14 and 25, and in people with disabilities. Priority will be given to community programmes that are located within areas of hardship. Looking for funds for age 13 and under? They will be tough to get as it is not a target area. You must prove you are providing long-term, sustainable, community sport that makes a difference.
Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)
The LTA aims to double the number of indoor and public tennis courts over the next decade. So far they have spent £250 million on grassroots projects. They provide both low and high cost loans and grants. For traditional build indoor projects or clubhouse developments, the applicant must provide 50% of the project cost. For smaller indoor or outdoor structures only 25% is required. Funding is awarded on a 50:50 loan to grant ratio. The LTA want to partner with visionaries who aim to spread tennis to a wider community. Preference is given to projects that unite multiple partners, in order to deliver needed facilities to the local community.
McDonalds FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme
Ironically, McDonald’s are both the problem and the (attempted) solution to obesity. The FA Charter Standard Programme are big supporters of grassroots clubs, giving away 250,000 kits and training 30,000 new coaches. The scheme is set to launch in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland later this year. You can apply for a KickStart grant, so long as your club is recognised by your national FA.
Aviva Community Fund
This isn’t restricted to sports funding, so you are competing against your local library and scouts club. However, many of their awards are given to sport, as they aim to create healthier, happier communities. Prizes range from £1,000 to £25,000. Sign up and then spread the word. Get your family, friends, and neighbours to vote in order to reach the judging stage.
Tesco Bags of Help
When plastic bags became five pence, the country was inexplicably outraged. Are you guilty of slipping a box of eggs into a stolen bag at the self-checkout? Did you know that these charges are not fuelling evil corporate greed, but improving your local area? The money made provides such wonders as medical equipment, park benches, and pipecleaners and lollipop sticks for craft lessons. Sports clubs can get funding for kit, changing rooms, and outdoor facilities. Charities or community organisations may apply year round via your local Tesco store. The three shortlisted projects will put up for a vote in Tesco stores. It will be up to local Tesco shoppers to choose a worthy winner. Similar schemes are run by Wilko’s and Morrison’s .
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