Local Sports Club Funding Guide Part One

Looking to gain funding for your sports club? Most sports clubs could use extra funding, whether it’s needed to buy new equipment, perform repairs to buildings or hire essential staff, sports clubs can often be expensive to maintain. There is financial backing available if you know where to look, so we investigated into the funding options available, creating an easy to digest guide to finding funding for your sporting club. In this first part we take you through the smaller grants available.

Small Grants

If you only need a small grant for equipment or a little added help the day to day running of your club, or perhaps a one off boost for those new nets or to replace the battered wickets.

Sport England

Sport England has a Small Grants Programme that uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more young people and adults take up sport. These grants can be accessed here:


Cash 4 Clubs is a sports grants scheme which gives clubs a chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1000, whether it be to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, or generally invest in the sustainability of their club. There are 3 tiers of grants at £250, £500 and £1,000 which are awarded on a discretionary basis.

Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sport’s National Governing Body or local authority. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after selection by the cash4clubs committee.

Torch Trophy Trust Bursary

A Torch Trophy Trust Bursary is awarded to enable individuals or groups to enhance their knowledge in order to assist their club, organisation or community to develop their chosen sport.

In most cases, the minimum Bursary would be £100 and the maximum £1000 and it would not be for more than 50% of the total costs involved. The Bursaries are for individuals or groups who are unable to obtain the necessary funding from any other source.

A letter from the relevant Governing Body must support the application. Applications are welcome from all parts of the United Kingdom and from all sports including disability and youth.

If your sports or leisure club needs a bespoke insurance policy, contact us here. To read the second part of our funding guide for sport and leisure club, go here.

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