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Funding is a big factor that keeps grassroots clubs running and growing. With big cuts to government funding, many clubs have been left with little money to pay for equipment, facilities, and travel. For this reason, they’re having to resort to finding funding elsewhere. Winning grants has never been easy due to tough competition. Having said that though, there are lots of avenues to explore when looking. To save you the hassle, here’s a list to get your search started.

Sport England – Small Grants

Sport England’s Small Grants support projects that help everyone to take part in physical activity. These can be formal sports or informal activities. Their priority is to fund projects which reach families who haven’t had opportunities to be active that others have. This might be due to low income, where they live or low levels of confidence.

Sport England’s Small Grants provide amounts between £300 and £10,000 with slightly more in exceptional circumstances. The grants can pay for a wide range of costs and items, like, new equipment, kit for new teams, coaching, venue hire, and more. To find out more and to apply, click here.

Stronger Communities Fund

The Stronger Communities Fund is part of the Mayor’s vision to make London the most active and socially integrated city in the world. Grants are available for sports and physical activities that bring people together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, as well as helping isolated and lonely people feel better connected in their communities.

The Stronger Communities Fund offers grants between £2,000 and £5,000. To find out more and to apply, click here.

National Lottery – Awards for All

National Lottery Awards for All fund projects that either help bring people together, improve places and spaces or help people to reach their potential. In terms of sports, they’re looking for projects that do a little more. Take a sports club with young people as an example. Sports is good exercise, so it promotes health (which is great) but they’re looking at how that sport strengthens the community. For example, it might help move away from anti-social behaviour.

National Lottery Awards for All award sums between £300 and £10,000. To find out more and to apply, click here.

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants provide funding for projects that bring benefits to the community. The money raised for these grants comes from the original 5p bag charge that was brought into effect a few years ago.

Tesco Bags of Help provides grants of up to £2,000. The grants can cover a broad range of costs including sports kits, changing facilities, equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting events. To find out more and to apply, click here.

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London Marathon Charitable Trust Grants

The London Marathon Charitable Trust Grants provide funding to initiatives that enable people to become and remain physically active. As well as those aiming to build, renovate, and modernise facilities. They want to make sure everyone has equal opportunities to access physical activity, so they put inclusion, accessibility, equality, and diversity at the heart of their work.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust provides small grants (£5,000 to £50,000) and major grants (£50,001 to £250,000) available. To find out more and to apply, click here.

Sport England – Community Asset Fund

Sport England’s Community Asset Fund is dedicated to enhancing local community spaces that give people the opportunity to be active. They believe the pitches, courts, gyms, and pools people use have a big impact on their experience and likelihood of coming back. They want to help clubs create good experiences and financially sustainable facilities that bring benefits for years to come. This means providing help to get things up and running too.

Sport England’s Community Asset Fund provides grants from £1,000 to £150,000. It’s worth noting that they don’t fund football-only projects. To find out more and to apply, click here.

The Social Switch Project

The Social Switch Project supports the launch or growth of projects that strive to make a positive difference in the lives of young people. They are particularly interested in projects that support those who have been impacted by violence or are at risk of it. Sports are eligible since it’s a positive alternative to violence.

The Social Switch Project offers £500 grants for clubs that are starting out. For those further along the journey, the average ground is £3,000. To find out more and apply, click here.

Football Foundation

The Football Foundation, which is directly funded by Sport England, provides financial support to a range of football projects. They are committed to enhancing the experience of playing football for everyone by improving facilities.

From new pitches to new goalposts and from new kit to entire new teams, they can help. To find out more about the Football Foundation and to apply, click here.

Crowdfunding

We’re sure you’re heard of the craze that’s crowdfunding. If you haven’t, it’s simply a way to raise money online by asking lots of different people for a small amount of money each. The money you can raise is limitless and usually depends on two factors – the motive you’re raising money for and people’s generosity.

It’s simple to get started. All you have to do is set up a page and spread the word everywhere. To find out more and to set up a crowdfunding page, click here.

LoveAdmin Fundraising

Funds don’t always have to come from external sources. If your members want to help out, you can use the fundraising feature in LoveAdmin. It’s easy for members to make a one-off or regular donations and LoveAdmin automatically reconciles these for you.

To find out more, get in touch with us at help@loveadmin.com.

That brings us to the end of the list. Of course, funding opportunities aren’t limited to the above – you can find plenty more over the Internet. Be sure to always double-check entry criteria and deadlines before spending time on an application.

So, whether you’re looking to replace old kit, throw a party to celebrate a huge team success or pay for transport to the next event, there’s a will and a way! Can you suggest any other funding sources available for grassroots sports clubs? Let us know on Twitter at @LoveToDoMore.

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