Sported Monthly Funding Bulletin

Welcome to Sported’s monthly Funding Bulletin from the West Midlands Region.

This section contains local and national information that has been specially selected to help you with fundraising for your organisation and projects. To find out more about sources of funding, writing funding applications, accessing training or other support that Sported can offer check the Members Area of our website or contact me directly.

The funding information contained within this section is provided courtesy of Fit4funding.  We’ve put together a list of current funding opportunities, both nationally and regionally for our members.


If you haven’t yet had a look at our new Bitesize series entitled Completing a Grant Application, which includes general information with top tips on completing any grant application, click here to access the Sported Grant Bitesize video series.

Funding opportunities

Football Foundation Grants
The Football Foundation run a variety of football grant schemes. These include facility development, a small facility grant scheme and support for grass roots football development.

Garfield Weston Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation helps small local community organisations and are prepared to consider applications covering a wide range of charitable activity. Areas funded include: education, arts, health, general, environment, community, youth, religion and welfare Up to £50k

People’s Postcode Trust 
Not yet in WM, but coming in July, so start thinking about projects now!
The Peoples Postcode Trust is the grant giving independent charitable trust of People’s Postcode Lottery. We distribute funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities. Funding is available for 3-month projects ranging from £500 up to £10,000 in Scotland and England, and up to £5,000 in Wales.

Co-operative Community Fund – UK (in N.I)
Community Fund grants, between £100 and £2,000 are awarded to community, voluntary, or self-help groups to run projects.

The Percy Bilton Charity – UK
The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making trust and company limited by guarantee founded in 1962. Grants are made to organisations and individuals in need throughout the U.K. Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants towards capital expenditure. Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65, for grants to purchase basic furniture, equipment and clothing.

The Wakeham Trust
The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though it never support individuals. They aim to refresh the parts that other funding sources can’t reach, especially new ideas and unpopular causes. Because they do not appeal to the public for funds, they can take risks. Because the Trust is mostly run by volunteers, it can afford to make very small grants, without their funds being eaten up by administration costs. They favour small projects – often, but not always, start-ups and they try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established.

Comic Relief – UK Grants (inc N.I.)
Comic Relief funds work that aims to achieve at least one of their five themes. They do this by supporting organisations with the people, ideas and ability to tackle complex problems and create positive social change across the UK.

EU – Erasmus+
The European Commission has launched the first Call for Proposals under the new Erasmus+ Programme for education, training, youth and sport.

BIG – Reaching Communities
Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities most in need. Projects can be new or existing, or be the core work of your organisation.

Kind regards,

Sophie Tobin
West Midlands Regional Manager


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