External Funding Streams
There are hundreds of external funding pots out there that may be suitable to help you with your project; locally, regionally and nationally. Always remember: don’t change your project to fit with the funder’s criteria, try and find a funder that fits as near possible to want you want to achieve.
These are a small selection of what is out there to apply for, but may give you a good idea as to what’s involved in applying for a bid, and what criteria different funders are looking for.
If none of these fit with the project you’re looking to fund, or you’d like help with the application process, please get in touch on [email protected]
The Sports Forum provides small grants up to £150 for club development, club start ups and trophies.
They meet every two months and review any new submissions (NB you must be a member of the Sports Forum to apply; any sports club in the Borough can join for £20 per year).
Read more here.
The Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations. It provides each of the 57 Councillors with a pot of £6,000 to support small-scale projects within their division that support the following outcomes:
- Warwickshire’s communities and individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent
- Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure
The application window opens up every few months to apply for, and the amount that each councillor has left, and guidance notes can be found here.
This regional funding stream looks for projects that demonstrate:
- A wider community benefit and an identified need e.g. health, young people, elderly, community cohesion etc.
- Involvement of local people
- Locally based
- Supports self-help and voluntary efforts
- Neighbourhood or grass roots based projects
- An aim to tackle isolation and exclusion
- Help for vulnerable people
They are on hand to discuss your project before you apply, and make the process as easy as possible. Check it out here.
National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities. You must meet at least one of them.
Their priorities are:
- bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
- improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
- enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Bids can range from £300 to £10,000, and there is no application deadline so you can apply whenever you like. Read more here.
The BlueSpark Foundation is a registered charity whose objective is to fund or part-fund projects that aim to improve the education and development of children and young people by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities.
The funding is intended to support projects that have the following objectives:
- Encouraging independence
- Developing team working skills
- Developing self confidence
- Promoting creativity and individuality
- Encouraging aspiration
- Enhancing educational achievement
- Widening educational horizons
The funding is for relatively small-scale projects, which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark. Read their guidance notes, and apply here.
The Small Grants programme offers funding to projects involving adults and young people aged 14 or over which meet one or more of the aims of the ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy:
- Get inactive people to become more active
- Develop lasting sporting habits
- Engender more positive attitudes among young people
- Develop more diverse volunteers
- Improve progression and inclusion among the most talented
- Projects working with mixed age groups may still be considered if there is a focus on people aged 14 and over.
Read more about whether this fund is suitable here.
These football grants are designed to improve stadium safety and enable clubs to satisfy The FA’s ground grading requirements. The role the FSIF plays is vitally important as without funding many clubs would have been unable to achieve the necessary criteria, preventing them from achieving promotions or even facing relegation for failure to comply.
From installing new floodlights, upgrading playing surfaces and developing all-seater stands, the goal of the project is to improve the matchday experience of players, officials and spectators.
Check out the eligibility criteria and what type of funding your club can apply for here