Active Grants

The Active Grants is split into 3 categories. Projects that will encourage communities in the Borough to be more physically active. A small start up grant available to support the establishment of new sports clubs and sporting qualifications. 

Active Grants: We fund schemes over a period of up to 12 months between a value of £300 – £1000.

Start up Grants: £250

Below details the priority criteria for which your application will be assessed.

We will assess your application within 2 weeks following the deadline:

We are always looking for original and innovative projects delivered by sports clubs, community organisations, not-for-profit and social enterprises.


Tri club logo

From identifying a need through the annual Nuneaton Triathlon Club Aquathlon May 2019, many children were wanting to take part and have a go at Junior Triathlon. The formation of the new club was supported, and the Active Grant invested in coach development and qualifications so that young people can be expertly coached within the sessions.

In early 2020, there were sessions available to come and have a go, join the membership and discover the excitement of a three-discipline sport!

One Fit Mama started a brand new class in October 2019 in Nuneaton, as a side project for new mum and qualified instructor Carla who wanted to launch this fun class to help mums get fit, just like she did. We supported Carla with room hire costs and marketing to grow the client base for 3 months which proved really successful and sustainable.

Due to the success of the Nuneaton class, Carla decided to offer the same in Bedworth and we were able to use funds to support the second class. Both classes are steadily building and mums are benefiting from getting fit, meeting new mums and not having to worry about childcare.

Nuneaton Tennis Club noticed that there wasn’t a strong proportion of females in the club, and wanted to offer a cheap easy way for ladies to get into (or back into!) tennis. They organised 2 blocks of 6 sessions; one at the beginning, one at the end of the summer holidays at their courts in Caldwell Road, and encouraged women from the area to take part in Fun, Fit, Female.

The project has been a huge success, and many ladies have really enjoyed the blocks of coached sessions, meeting new people and trying their hand at a new skill (or sometimes visiting old ones!). They are looking at replicating the project next Summer to encourage more women to take part, and hopefully join the club moving forwards.

Bulkington Cricket Club operates out of Bulkington Sports and Social Club on School Road.

The club applied for an Active Grant to up-skill their current players to become coaches, saving money on paying for outsourced coaching. They have also run a number of free/cheaper sessions for juniors, in the hope of attracting younger talent to feed into the senior team in the following years.

The club have also used the money to run free indoor sessions for senior players, encouraging local residents to get back into playing cricket and become active.

The project has been a huge success, growing their junior section from 18 to 39 over the Summer, as well as increasing the girls membership from 1 to 6. This has given them an opportunity to start a girls side next Summer.

Griff & Coton Netball Club currently have 4 senior teams, 3 playing in the Coventry and Warwickshire league, and 1 playing in a midweek indoor league.

They identified a need for a junior section of the club, as youngsters only had 2 junior clubs in the area to chose from, and a taster session in October 2017 proved extremely popular. Due to financial setbacks, the club couldn’t develop this idea into reality, so they applied for and were awarded an Active Grant.

With it, they’ve invested in 2 current players to carry out their Level 2 coaching qualifications, bought new equipment to run sessions, new kit and league registration fees to get started for the first year.

Haunchwood JFC are a junior football club training at Park Lane Pavilion in Galley Common. Established in 2011, the club have multiple teams playing in the Tamworth Junior Football League and the Nuneaton & Bedworth Minor League.

With the Active Grant monies, the club have been able to grow the club, and have successfully introduced 2 new tots teams (3-5 year olds). These are due to play in the Nuneaton and Bedworth Mini league starting from September. They have also engaged 3 further volunteer helpers from parents and carers.

They hope to ride their wave of success going into the 2019/20 season and hope fully start a girl’s team for next season, having experienced huge popularity this season.

Premier Sport is a National company that are committed to getting children active by improving their physical and mental well being. With the help of the Active Grants money, they have delivered girls football sessions in the Wembrook and Weddington areas.

This follows the hugely successful project that started over a year ago at St Michael’s school in Bedworth; this session still operates and regularly delivers to 11-15 children on a weekly basis, and feed into Haunchwood Sports Club (another of our grant recipients).

Riversley Park junior parkrun is aimed at youngsters aged 4-14, and is a weekly 2k timed run on a Sunday morning at 9am. It is a free event, run entirely by volunteers, and all participants need to do is bring a printed barcode with them to record their time. All children are eligible to run, walk, or be pushed in a wheelchair around the course. 

The Active Grants was used for the perpetual license to run the event by parkrun including training the volunteer core team, DBS checks and equipment such as a defibrillator, signs, flags, banners, hi-vis vests, cones and lanyards.  They have recently launched and are always keen to look for volunteers! 

Exhall Boxing Academy has a dual purpose; creating champions in the ring and creating young champions in life; individuals who can fulfill their broader potential by staying clear of crime and violence, and progressing in education and employment.

They do this through community based programmes for at risk young people in the area. They are embarking on projects with both mental and physical health professionals to improve the health and wellbeing of local people using our boxing and fitness mentoring programme

The Active Grants was used to provide gloves, headguards, ropes and weights for new boxing sessions to engage with young people.

Indvidual Support Solutions is a signposting and short term support service for adults with learning disabilities and / or autism (diagnosed or undiagnosed). 

They aim to help support individuals to become more independent and to integrate them into the community or a better overall wellbeing. They work to four main objectives being healthy, feeling good, learning and work and community. They work closely with other partnerships to support those individuals.

The Active Grants was used for qualifications and putting in place a new seated exercise session.  

People in Action are a not for profit charity that provides specialised care, advice and support for adults in our community.

They were established in 1985 and has grown steadily since. They support over 200 people to live meaningful lives within their community. They provide both residential care and supported living, offering person centred support to enable people to live at home within their community.

The Active Grants was used for qualifications and putting in place Sensory Sound Boccia Set, New Age Kurling Silver Bundle and New Age Bowls. The residents are taking part and really enjoying getting more active! 

Boxing Clever Academy mission is to give every person the opportunity to develop their fitness, confidence and self.

Their aim is to give every person the opportunity to develop their personal skills, fitness, self-esteem and confidence and to lay foundations for them not only in education and lifelong learning but of their own personal well-being and development. 

The Active grants afforded them to bring in more mentors and team leaders to help support and manage their summer programme for their young people. It not only added value to the support each young person had but the mentors themselves. 

Projects that will encourage communities in the Borough to be more physically active

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Get inactive residents to become active/get people active long term
  • Improving individuals’ health & wellbeing
  • Increase participation in sport and physical activity
  • Evidence there is a need for the project e.g. through local consultation
  • Supporting and developing a new workforce (Volunteers)
  • Assist in the reduction of anti-social behaviour

Target Areas 

We require to see evidence you’ve targeted participants for your project from the specfic areas within the borough below. You will be required to provide evdience at the reporting stage that this has been met

  • Abbey
  • Wembrook
  • Camp Hill
  • Bede
  • Barpool
  • Kingswood

What we won’t fund

  • Hiring a facility for already established groups/sessions
  • Continuation of a project or one that has been delivered previously
  • Maintenance of existing equipment
  • Building renovation or refurbishment
  • Ground works or resurfacing
  • Large items or permanent fixtures e.g. ground maintenance equipment, goal posts, fencing, storage unit
  • Bursaries for individuals
  • Travel costs for individuals or groups

What will we fund?

Below is a list of eligible costs, which can be applied for from the funding programme:

● Coaching Costs – Cost’s must be broken down into an average hourly fee for direct delivery costs. If you require administration costs or project management fee for the project this should be put in other costs and fully explained why needed

● Facility Costs – The cost of hiring a facility where applicable to help deliver the project/new training sessions

● Marketing & Promotion – Directly related to the publication of the project. Deliveries must utilise other forms of publication such as online, social media, newspapers and outreach activities

● Equipment – For use as part of the project and remains available for community/club use once the project has finished. The liability for the equipment will then become the club’s responsibility

● Coaching Qualifications – To support the sustainability of the project once project funding has ceased in the form of recognised national governing body level 1’s and 2’s

The list above is not exhaustive and additional costs can be included and will be at the discretion of the award committee panel whether they are funded 


What we expect from you?

A requirement of your organisation receiving funding from NBBC will be to meet all conditions of the Agreement as well as the following specific criteria:

● Monitoring & Reporting Information – All monitoring and reporting information collated and sent back by deadline dates. 

● Regular Updates – Updates on how the project is progressing, detailing successes and issues being faced

● Pictures and Case Studies – Pictures of project being delivered and a case study at the end of the project

● Project visit – NBBC Sports Development Team will visit the project during its delivery to ensure that you are meeting your users and our expectations of a quality project

● Effectiveness of the project – evidence the outcomes and/or social value being achieved throughout the project

● Potential attendance at an NBBC Sport Development Team Event -This would be used to promote/show case the work delivered as part of a successful funding application. Reasonable costs for attending an event if required would be supported and agreed in advance

● Match funding – The applicant will be asked to evidence what match funding has been sought and achieved. This could relate to volunteer hours/links to other projects/reduced room rental due to partnership working and evidencing how this funding has been fully used to maximise delivery in the targeted area

● Attendance of courses – willingness to attend courses on mental health awareness, become a dementia friendly club, and be open to accepting potential new members from social prescribing programmes. More information will be send upon successful grant application

Successful applicants 

Will need to supply the following documentation:

● Governing Document – A constitution, memorandum and articles of association, trust deed or other formal document 

● Accounts – A copy of most recent complete accounts for your organisations. Must be verified by committee, accountant or auditor. Self-employed applicants will need tax returns, SA320 and any other company accounts

● Photocopies of last 3 bank statements

● Child Protection / Safeguarding & Vulnerable Adults Policy

● Equality & Diversity Policy

● Public Liability Insurance – Covering paid delivery and volunteering

● Employers Liability Insurance – If directly employing coaches

● DBS for all delivery staff 

● Risk Assessments

● Evidence of partnership funding – if applicable


Start up Grant

● Clubs must have been established for less than 3 months before making this application

● The Club Start Up Grant must also be supported by information regarding the setting up costs to the Club

● Clubs must have an open membership policy and encourage participation from all sectors of the community

● Clubs will only be eligible for one start up grant and may not re-apply.Clubs applying for a startup grant must certify that only coaches qualified to the standards laid down by the appropriate national governing body will be allowed to coach within the Club

● Applications from clubs must be from clubs in their own right and with their own bank account and not a subsection of a larger sports club

● Grants will not be made where other sources of funding are available

Applications will only be considered for support where they involve one of the 112 sports recognised by Sport England

● Clubs must complete our Active Club Audit 

Coaching Qualifications 

●  Applicants may only make one application every year for a Coaching Qualification Grant. Repeat applicants will need to demonstrate that they have made significant progress to qualify for repeat funding

 ●  Applicants in receipt of direct financial support via the National Lottery Programme will not be eligible to receive an award under this programme

 ●  Applicants in receipt of over £250 per annum from sponsorship or other support programmes are not eligible to apply under this scheme

  ●  Applicants may make retrospective applications; however, these must not be received any later than three months from the qualification to which the application applies

 ●  All successful applicants will be required to supply evidence of how awards have been used; and in the form of receipts for payments made or a testimonial from a coach



We want everyone to have an opportunity to participate in activities to keep them both physically and mentally active whatever your age or ability. In partnership with residents within sheltered accommodation venues across the borough we have offered them the opportunity apply for an activity bag full of equipment such as curling, boccia, indoor archery and more, including adaptation equipment for those with physical limitations.

Alderman Gee

Conifer Court



Red Haddon

Grove Complex & Hanover Glebe

Grove Complex & Hanover Glebe have both received sets of equipment so they could engage their residents in activity sessions and promote inclusion and getting active.

With the Active Grant, they have purchased a target mat, sets of Bowls with ramps, Boccia sets, Soft Archery, Kurling and bean bags.



Skip to content