Sported’s Fundraising Bulletin Feb 21

Hello and welcome to this month’s funding bulletin. This edition includes both non-emergency and emergency funds that you can use to support and advance your organisation through this difficult period.

If we can help your organisation in any other way during this time, please reply to this email or email and we can have a chat.

Take care,
Riana from the Sported team


DCMS Youth COVID19 Support Fund

Description: The Youth Covid-19 Support Fund is open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations. It will help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain viable.

This fund will focus on enabling the struggling, but most impactful, youth organisations to continue operating, where they may have scaled back service provision or temporarily closed due to reductions in their income following Covid-19.
Application deadline: none specified

Sport England Return to Play funds

Description: There are three parts to this new fund – Small Grants, Community Asset and Active Together crowdfunding, with all three focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity. Before applying listen to our recap on the funds and speak with a Sported staff member to see if you would be eligible.

Note: The fund is competitive, with priority given to organisations working in areas classed as 1-3 from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) (enter your delivery postcode here to find out what decile you’re in) and those working with key beneficiary groups such as the BAME communities and disabled young people. Sole traders and football only activities cannot apply.
Application deadline: none specified

National Lottery Community Funds

Description: After being paused due to the coronavirus crisis, the National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities, and Partnerships funding programmes are open for applications again.

  • Awards for All – a quick way to apply for smaller funds
  • Reaching Communities – apply for larger amounts of money to create positive change in your community
  • Partnerships – apply for larger amounts of money to create change in your across your community with other organisations

Application deadline: rolling

National Lottery: Land and Building Projects Guidance

Description: We seek to support a variety of projects that help communities make a difference. We anticipate meeting the costs of the construction and associated professional services.
Application deadline: none specified

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
Description: Emergency loan funding is available to support registered charities and social enterprises working to improve people’s lives in the UK that are experiencing disruptions or delays to their income or activities as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline: 31/03/2021

Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good Fund

Description: Grants are available for local community groups, charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in the UK for projects that have a positive impact on communities, people, or the environment.
Application deadline: none specified

Football Foundation – Football Winter Survival Package

Description: The funding offered will respond to each club’s financial need to survive the first part of 2021, but does not replace all lost revenue or profits over the preceding 12 months. The fund’s objective is to ensure football clubs survive the winter period and minimise the long-term damage to participation..
Application Deadline: 14/02/2021

The Swimathon Foundation COVID19 Relief Fund 2.0

Description: The Fund has been established to help small swimming and aquatics organisations meet their obligations during this difficult period. These could be fixed costs or loss of revenue.
Application Deadline: 26/02/2021

Cameron Grants Memorial Trust 
Description: Cameron Grants give small cash awards from Cameron Grant Memorial Trust to support innovation in mental health. The grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation and must relate to the following categories: Destigmatising Mental Health; Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care; Improving Mental Well Being.
Application Deadline: none specified 

Assura Community Fund and Rugby League World Cup 2021 Grants Programme

Description: Grants are available for charitable organisations in England supporting vulnerable people in the towns and cities which host the Rugby League World Cup or locations that have received Rugby League World Cup 2021 CreatedBy grants.
Application deadline: 28/02/2021

Boost Charitable Trust
Description: Small grants are available to charities and non-profit making organisations with a focus on helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the UK to participate in sport.
Application deadline: none specified

Mental Health Sustainability Fund
Description: The Mental Health Sustainability Programme is pleased to be able to provide small grants, to support sustainability in small-medium sized mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
Application deadline: none specified

Central Social and Recreational Trust
Description: Grants are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years.
Application deadline: rolling

Windrush Community Fund

Description: Grants are available for charities, community or grassroots organisations for projects in the UK which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.
Application deadline: 12/02/2021 

Prince’s Countryside Fund
Description: Funding is available for locally-focussed, legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations who are working to create resilient rural communities across the UK in the wake of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Application deadline: first come, first served

Get Fishing Fund

Description: Grants to support angling clubs, fisheries, charities, schools and local authorities in England to deliver angling events and activities that will get more people into fishing and retain them within the sport.
Application deadline: 12/03/2021


Birmingham International Airport Community Trust Fund

Description: Grants are available to local community groups and charitable organisations within Birmingham International Airport’s ‘area of benefit’ for projects that improve the quality of life for residents.
Application deadline: 26/02/2021

Saintbury Trust
Description: Grants are available for registered charities in the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and North Gloucestershire that are undertaking activities that fall within the Trust’s areas of interest.
Application deadline: 01/03/2021

West Mercia Commissioner’s Grant Scheme

Description: Support is available to local not-for-profit groups to create a diversionary referral pathway across West Mercia to consequently reduce crime and disorder in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Worcestershire.
Application deadline: 31/03/2021

Baron Davenport’s Charity

Description: Grants are available to charitable organisations within 60 miles of Bimingham Town Hall for special projects, equipment and running costs for almshouses, hospices, residential homes for older people, children’s charities and individuals in need.
Application deadline: 15/03/2021

Sir John Middlemore Charitable Trust 
Description: The Sir John Middlemore Charitable Trust is a relatively small trust that offers small grants in support of not-for-profit organisations working for the direct benefit of children and young people who are under the age of 18, or under the age of 25 for those with a disability, in the West Midlands.
Application deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered four times a year in March, June, September and December.

Active Black Country – Tackling Inequalities Fund

Description: Grants are available for community organisations and clubs to support sport and physical activity in deprived areas of the Black Country.
Application deadline: none specified

Cole Charitable Trust
Description: The Cole Charitable Trust offers grants to small local charitable organisations working in Greater Birmingham, Cambridgeshire and Kent to support social and community work. It also offers support for other charities where the Trustees have a particular interest.
Application deadline: none specified

Grants Online complete list of emergency funds

Grants Online has a developed a free-to-access page for Covid-19 emergency funding. It one of the most exhaustive lists available for free and covers UK-wide, national and local emergency funds funds. It is also very regularly updated, so make sure to check back from time to time. Access Grants Online Coronavirus page here.

Need help with fundraising or completing funding applications? Our Light Touch service gives you short term support when you need it most. See “Your Services” page in Your Sported Network for more information or complete the application form here.

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, log in, go to Your Funding and click on “contact us”.

Your Sported Network username is: If you need to change your username then contact Evan on 0203 848 4670 or by email.

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