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Funding for sport

This page provides links to organisations that offer funding for sport, health or physical activity. Funding amounts and restrictions vary between organisations so please make sure that you read the relevant guidelines carefully to see whether you or your organisation qualifies.

List of organisations that provide funding for sport

Bury Future Champions

Bury Future Champions is a scheme offering support to existing and future talented athletes living in the Borough of Bury. It is a partnership venture between Bury Council's Sports Development Team, Bury Leisure facilities and Knight Kavanagh Page. The scheme provides eligible athletes with the opportunity to apply for:

  • free access to training facilities at Bury Leisure sport centres (a maximum of 100 free places will be offered in any 12 month period); and/or
  • funding (up to a maximum of £250 per athlete) to assist with coaching, competition, equipment and travel costs

This is a new sports fund for athletes that live in the borough of Bury and compete at a performance level in a Sport England recognised sport.

Go to the Bury Future Champions webpage for full details and application forms.

Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme

The Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme is a Government-funded programme that represents a unique partnership between sport and higher and further education to support potential stars of the future.

Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme

Sports Aid

Sports Aid is the charity for sports people, helping the next generation of young British sportsmen and women to succeed.

Sports Aid

Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund allocates money from the National Lottery to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment.

Big Lottery Fund

Awards for All

Awards for All England is a simple small grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000.

The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. To do this Awards for All funds projects that meet one or more of the following outcomes:

  • People have better chances in life - with better access to training and development to improve their life skills.
  • Stronger communities - with more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.
  • Improved rural and urban environments - which communities are better able to access and enjoy.
  • Healthier and more active people and communities.

Go to the Awards for All website

Community Amateur Sports Clubs

The CASC scheme was launched in 2002 to recognise grass-roots sports clubs in the tax system. Becoming a CASC can help grassroots sports clubs to be more financially sustainable by offering reductions in tax burdens similar to those received by charitable organisations.

Go to the Community Amateur Sports Fund website

Funding Opportunities for Coaches

The 'Funding Opportunities for Coaches' Guide provides details about funding available to support coaches and coaching across England.

Produced by Sports Coach UK in partnership with the England Coaching Network the guide is an interactive PDF that provides information on funding available in England to support coaching.

Go the Sports Coaches UK website

Sport England funding opportunities

Sport England is committed to focusing our investment in key partners to deliver specific objectives and have launched funding programmes open to a wide range of organisations. Also available:

  • Community Activation Fund
    Designed in response to local demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund is a £47.5 million Lottery funding programme providing grassroots activity at a local level. Round 4 opens in May 2014. 
  • Small Grants
    Small grants uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport.  

Sport England


Sportivate is a £56 million Lottery-funded London 2012 legacy project that gives more young people the chance to discover a sport that they will love. The programme gives 11-25 year-olds, who are not particularly sporty, access to six-to-eight weeks of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports.

Please see the link for more information and if you are interested, contact Bury Sport and Physical Activity Service

Go to the Sportivate website

Inspired Facilities

Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities. It could help you refurbish your courts, improve your changing facilities or convert lighting and heating to more economic and environmentally friendly methods.

Go to the Inspired Facilities website 

Community Activation Fund

Designed in response to local demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund is a £47.5 million Lottery funding programme providing grassroots activity at a local level.

Cash 4 Clubs

This scheme is funded by Betfair and SportsAid to facilitate fundraising for community sports clubs throughout the country. Clubs must be registered with their National Governing Body or Local Authority. Awards average £1,000 each. The next round is open until the end of February, for awards distrib-uted in March. Future rounds will be announced on their website.

Go to the Cash 4 Clubs website 


Boost Charitable Trust was created in 2005 to Build On Over-looked Sporting Talent, to champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport. Small grants of up to £500 are available.

Go to the Boost website


sported. is the UK's leading sport for development charity. They welcome applications for membership from not-for-profit organisations working with 11-25 year olds from disadvantaged communities, and who are using sport to improve the lives of individuals and communities. They currently have two grant schemes open exclusively to members:

Go to the Sported website

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The foundation provides grants under several categories, one being 'Amateur Sports'. To be eligible the organisation must be a Community Amateur Sports Club or UK registered charity.

Types of funded activities include; building and refurbishment of facilities, sports equipment, equip-ment for grounds maintenance and specialised transport.

There are three grant sizes available, Small (£5000), Medium (up to £25000) and Large (Over £25000).

Go to the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation website

List of funding databases

European Funding Programmes

A database of over 400 European Union grants and loans.

Welcome Europe - European funding programmes

Funding Central

Funding Centre is for all third sector organisations, plus tools and resources.

Funding Central


Grantnet help small businesses, charitable and community groups like yours to find suitable funding.


Fit 4 Funding

Fit 4 Funding provides help and advice for community groups and voluntary organisations who are seeking funding.

Fit 4 Funding

Volunteering England

Volunteering England works to support and increase the quality, quantity, impact and accessibility of volunteering throughout England.

Sport England 

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