Sported’s April 2015 Bulletin

Welcome to Sported’s April Funding Bulletin. This month’s newsletter focuses on the facilitating skills development, and signposts you to funders who can help you provide better facilities.

If you don’t see any funding opportunities relevant to you below, we also offer a bespoke funding advice service to help match you with funders who are more appropriate for your needs. To access this, visit Your Sported Network where you can also find our top tips for writing funding applications and other helpful hints.

The funding information contained within this bulletin is provided courtesy of Grant Advisor.  To find out more about a particular funding source please go directly to the funder’s website. The information contained with this bulletin was correct at the time of publishing.


Aviva Community Fund: Together we can do more for the causes you care about

Do you have an idea for a project that would make a real difference in your community?  You can secure up to £25,000 to support your vital work, building the community sport sector from the grassroots up.

For more information go to the Aviva Community Fund website.

Comic Relief – Sport for Change

Comic Relief have redesigned the Sport for Change website. If you are interested in finding out more information and applying for a Sport for Change grant, visit the Comic Relief, Sport for Change website.

Community Investment Fund

Funding Body: Social Investment Business
Loans and equity investments are available to community based, locally led charities and social enterprises in England that are providing essential health, social care, education and training services to improve the well-being of local residents.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 1,000,000 Minimum Value: £ 250,000

The £20 million fund will make loans and equity investments of about £5 million per year.

Loans and investments of between £250,000 and £1 million are available.

The Community Investment Fund has been set up by fund management company Social and Sustainable Capital with financing of £20 million from the social finance company Social Investment Business (SIB) and the social investment bank Big Society Capital.

By providing loans and equity investment to community based, locally led charities and social enterprises, the new fund aims to improve the lives of local people, particularly the vulnerable and disadvantaged in England.

Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) is an FCA authorised and regulated fund manager and social enterprise providing finance to charities and social enterprises.

Expressions of Interest can be submitted at any time. There are no closing dates.

Useful Contacts:
Investment Team
Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC)
Tel: 020 7842 7731

Hedley Foundation

Grants are provided for projects focusing on the Foundation’s objectives of supporting young people and for the subsidiary objectives of medical equipment for disabled people and the terminally ill.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Most grants are one-off, with an average award of £3,000. A limited number of recurring grants are made for up to three years. It is rare for grants exceeding £5,000 to be awarded.

The Hedley Foundation Grant is provided and administered by The Hedley Foundation and is available for registered charities active in the UK.

The scheme is intended to support charitable organisations undertaking projects for young people, the disabled and the terminally ill.

The scheme aims to assist in providing development and change.
Applications may be made at any time and will be considered at Trustee meetings held throughout the year.

Useful Contacts:
Mrs Pauline Barker
The Hedley Foundation

Truemark Trust

Funding Body: Truemark Trust
Grant for small, locally-based registered charities in the UK wishing to carry out community projects.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £10,000. The average grant awarded is approximately £3,000.

The Truemark Trust Grant is provided and administered by the Truemark Trust and is available to registered charities throughout the UK.

The scheme aims to fund small, local organisations undertaking innovative projects in the community.

The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time. Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held quarterly.

Useful Contacts:
Mrs Clare Pegden
Truemark Trust
Tel: 07970 540015


High Sheriff of Staffordshire Fund

Grants are available for small community groups within Staffordshire for projects which relieve poverty and disadvantage.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline 11/06/2015
Maximum Value: £ 500 Minimum Value: £ 100

Grants of between £100 and £500 are available.

The grant should make a significant contribution to the project, being at least 33% of the total cost.

The High Sheriff of Staffordshire Fund is administered by the Staffordshire Community Foundation. Funding is intended to help constituted voluntary or community groups that are working to relieve the effects of poverty and disadvantage in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The deadlines for 2015 are 12 March 2015, 11 June 2015, 10 September 2015 and 26 November 2015 – all by 5pm.

Useful Contacts:
Grants Officer
Staffordshire Community Foundation
Tel: 01785 353789

Norton Foundation

Grants for organisations working with young people under the age of 25 who live in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire and are considered disadvantaged in some way.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 5,000 Minimum Value: £ 500

Most grants fall within the range of £500 and £2,500. Grants of up to £5,000 are awarded in exceptional circumstances. More information available on the Norton Foundation website.

Useful Contacts:
The Correspondent
The Norton Foundation

Nuneaton and Bedworth Club Development Grants

Funding Body: Nuneaton and Bedworth Sports Forum
Funding is available to local sports clubs in Nuneaton and Bedworth for new activities and projects that will help with the club’s development.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 150 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

The following types of grant are available:

  • Club start up grants of up to £100
  • Club development grants of up to £150
  • Trophy grants

Personal sporting development grants (for sports people and coaches) are also available.

Funding is intended to provide additional resources to local sports clubs to assist with their development through supporting individual time limited projects which would not have been possible to undertake without external support.

Assistance is available for projects that help local clubs to recruit new members, train coaches, and also to build the capacity of the club.

Useful Contacts:
The Secretary
Nuneaton and Bedworth Sports Forum
Nuneaton & Bedworth Sports Forum
C/o Town Hall
Coton Road
CV11 5AA

Leisure Development Officer
Nuneaton and Bedworth Sports Forum
Tel: 024 7637 6120

Sport Worcester Grant

Funding Body: Worcester City Council
Grants are available to assist affiliated sports clubs and talented sports people in Worcester.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 500 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Grants up to £300 for individuals.

Grants up to £500 for organisations.

The Sport Worcester Grant scheme is provided by Worcester City Council and administered by Sport Worcester. Funding is intended to assist sports clubs and talented sports people in Worcester. Grant aid is offered to sports clubs which are members of Sport Worcester and individual participants in sporting activities which are not for profit.

Useful Contacts:
Sport Development Team
Worcester City Council
Tel: 01905 722331

Stoke City Football Club Community Fund

Funding Body: Stoke City Football Club
Grants are available to local community, self-help and voluntary groups for charitable projects which benefit local communities in Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 1,000 Minimum Value: £ 100

Grants of between £100 and £1,000 are available. The maximum grant for newly formed groups is £500.

The Stoke City Football Club provides the Stoke City Community Fund for small, local community-based projects in Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Funding is intended to assist local voluntary and community groups provide projects that benefit their local community. Projects should be original and innovative and provide long-term benefit.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered each month.

Useful Contacts:
Community Fund Enquiries
Stoke City Football Club

Tel: 01782 592273

Staffordshire PCC Launches People Power Fund for 2015

Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Matthew Ellis has launched Round 1 of his People Power Fund 2015 with a closing date of 14 April 2015.
For more information click here.

Big Lottery Fund Announces New £150 Trust to Support Community Businesses

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded a £150m endowment to the Power to Change, a new independent grant-making foundation that will champion community businesses across England.

The Power to Change will be the largest trust of its kind in Europe and will provide funding and support to existing and new community businesses. Backed by Trinity Mirror and the National Lottery, the Power to Change will support local people who want to save their local library or leisure centre, run their community shop or pub, or start new enterprises to regenerate a neighbourhood or high street. It is envisaged that a full range of the Power to Change funding programmes and support activities will be rolled out later this year. In the meantime the Power to Change will operate an initial grants programme, in conjunction with a call for Community Business Champions to identify existing community businesses already making a difference in their local areas and providing inspiration for others.

Awards for All – Open Programme

Applications are still being accepted for the Awards for All programme for repeat and on-going activities taking place in the West Midlands. Previously Awards for All focused on ‘new’ project ideas, however, in these challenging times they are increasingly aware of the pressures smaller groups face with rising costs and cuts to funding, and want to respond to this by looking at alternative ways of funding projects that support those most in need. The relaxation of this criteria will apply to all projects where the applicant has an income of less than (or equal to) £30,000 according to their latest accounts. For information:

Please note: Awards for All England applications currently take around 10 weeks to assess. If a decision is made to offer a grant there is then a set up stage before payment is made. The funder recommends applications are submitted 4-5 months in advance of anticipated project start date.

The Mercers Company Education Programme (West Midlands)

The Mercers Company, makes grants to Charities and State Maintained schools to improve the availability and quality of educational opportunities for children and young adults, especially in London and in particular areas of the West Midlands – Walsall, Sandwell and Telford. The Company is particularly interested in, and will give priority to projects that;

  • encourage participation in Science, Maths and Technology;
  • improve educational achievement, particularly for young people aged 5-19;
  • offer educational opportunities for underachieving groups;
  • enrich educational opportunity through innovative projects that use art, drama, dance, music and sport;
  • build students’ social capital, confidence and life skills.

Eveson Charitable Trust West Midlands

Support for charitable organisations in the West Midlands that assist disabled people, people with mental health problems, children in need, older people, homeless people, hospitals, hospices and medical research. The Trustees are unable to consider applications for support from individuals and it is their policy not to consider applications submitted by charitable institutions on behalf of specified individuals. Grants are given up to £15,000. Funding is given in categories such as: Activities to assist children and young people, Accommodation and housing, Health, Elderly and old people, Disabled people

For more information, contact: 01452 501352 – The Eveson Charitable Trust, 45 Park Road, Gloucester, GL1 1LP

BBC Children In Need – Small Grants Programme

Not for profit organisations such as such as registered charities; voluntary organisations; schools; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme.
The grants are available for projects that:

  • Help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And / or living in situations of deprivation.

Projects supported in the past include:
Corley Special School in Coventry which received a grant of £6,000 to provide lunchtime horse riding sessions for children with disabilities.

Caldercruix Youth & Community Development Project in Airdrie, which received a grant of £6,333 to help deliver 2 afterschool clubs a week to young people in an isolated village where children from low income families have little access to services.

The closing date for applications is the 1st June 2015.

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme

BBC Children in Need has announced that the next applications deadline for its Main Grants Programme is the 15th May 2015. Funding is available to organisations that work with young people who are suffering from: Illness, Distress, Abuse or neglect, Are disabled, Have behavioural or psychological difficulties or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
The Main grants programme is open to applications for grants of over £10,000.

Uniformed Youth Action Fund

Youth United Foundation and the Cabinet Office are inviting bids for a new fund to enable thousands of young people living in disadvantaged areas, or from hard to reach communities, to get involved in social action by joining uniformed youth organisations. £10 million has been provided by Her Majesty’s Treasury to create the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund from LIBOR fines. Announced by The Chancellor in the budget last month, this funding is being awarded to uniformed youth groups through the Youth United Foundation.

Bids for funding are now being invited from members of the Youth United Network and from other uniformed youth organisations, that are not members of the Network, but which offer social action opportunities and structured activities. For more details about how to apply for funding please read this guidance and complete the application and finance forms. General information can be found at:

A second funding round, enabling uniformed youth groups to pilot new and innovative approaches to reach deprived communities and hard to reach groups will be launched in the Autumn.

HLF – Parks for People

Local Authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £5 million for the regeneration of parks and public gardens (including squares, walks and promenades).
To be considered for funding, applicants need to show that:

  • The community values the park as part of their heritage
  • The parks meets local social, economic and environmental needs
  • The park management actively involves local people.

Recent awards include a £1.84 million grant to restore Castle Park in Cheshire back to its original historic landscape and to improve sports facilities, the play area, and cafe and kiosk facilities and a £3.5million grant to restore the historic landscaping and buildings, upgrading footpaths, entrances, Parks for People applications go through a two-round process. This is so that applicants can apply at an early stage of planning their project and get an idea of whether they have a good chance of getting a grant before they submit their proposals in greater detail.

The next deadline for submitting stage 1 applications is the 1st September 2015

Football Foundation – Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund Launched for England

Grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 are available for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Football clubs, professional clubs’ community trusts, multi-sport clubs, local authorities, all educational establishments, registered charitable organisations, not for profit companies limited by guarantee, industrial and provident societies and unincorporated not for profit organisations in England are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted at any time. Further information can be found on the Football Foundation website at:

New Postcode Community Trust Community Grants Scheme Now Open

The Postcode Community Trust was established this year to provide funding to charities and community groups that are working to support the development of their communities, the protection of the environment, engagement in sport, the advancement of health, promotion of human rights and the prevention of poverty.

The Postcode Community Trust is able to offer the Community Grants scheme with funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The grants scheme is intended for charities and community groups to deliver projects that have a positive impact on their local community.
Although grants range from £500 to £20,000, only registered charities can apply for grants exceeding £2,000.

Projects must meet one of the three following funding themes:

  • Advancement of community development.
  • Advancement of health.
  • Environmental improvement.

Projects can meet more than one of the above themes. However, applicants will have to choose the funding theme that is most suitable for the project on the application form.
There will be two rounds of funding in 2015. Registered charities and other not-for-groups in all areas of Scotland and Wales can apply to each round.

The fund is open to the following Midlands regions of England:

Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands County.

Applications can be submitted only during the designated round:

1 July 2015 to 31 July 2015 for applications from East and West Midlands, Scotland and Wales.

The application form will be available to complete online once the Fund is open to applications. In the meantime, the guidance notes are available to download form the Postcode Community Trust website

Sported is delighted to invite you to the Your Sported Network, Get connected in the West Midlands event.

We are delighted to invite you to the Your Sported Network, Get connected in the West Midlands – a unique networking event in Birmingham that will bring together Sported Members and Volunteer Mentors from around the West Midlands.
When: Monday 27 April 18:00 – 21:00.
Where: BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR. 

To find out more about the Get Connected event and to register, go to the event website.

Thank you for reading, see you next month!


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