Funding Available Through Active Cumbria

Satellite Sports Clubs Funding - We can help clubs or organisations access Sport England's national funding to support the development of a network of new Satellite Sports Clubs in Cumbria. We want to work with local partners who want to engage inactive young people aged 14 to 19 from deprived areas in Cumbria and the following hard to reach groups: women & girls, people with disabilities, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. If your organisation wants to work with inactive young people from these groups to get a satellite club set up please contact Active Cumbria Club Link Maker, Russell Maddams on 07909 537638 email

Funding Available Through Sport England

Sport Englands new strategy, Towards an Active Nation, outlines how they will get more people doing sport and activity across England, there are a number of funding opportunities available. These have changed somewhat in recent months.

For live updates please see Sport England webpage

Small Grants 

National Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport. (open all year)

Community Asset Fund

This is a new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community. Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s sport and activity experience – and likelihood of coming back. (open all year)

Local Funding Sources

Cumbria County Council - The County Council's Area Support Teams manage a range of grant funds that are used to invest in communities to bring about a positive and lasting change for the benefit of the whole community.

Cumbria Community Foundation - The foundation exists to tackle poverty and improve the quality of community life for the people of Cumbria by raising money and making grants, responding quickly to emerging need, working in partnership with donors to distribute charitable funds. Their grants reach people and organisations which really need them.

Police & Crime Commissioner's Community Fund - This Fund is specifically for access by the local community, third sector and voluntary groups within Cumbria. It is specifically aimed at supporting projects that are provided within local communities for the benefit of that community 

CFM's Cash for Kids - the charity will distribute money to young people in Cumbria to pay for specific equipment. Projects must be for the benefit of young people under the age of 18; who are disabled and have special needs or who come from underprivileged backgrounds.

The Copeland Community Fund - To be eligible for a Copeland Community Fund, grant applications must come from community groups or organisations which are non-profit bodies. The Fund has six themes, one being 'Arts, Culture & Sport' & another 'Quality Open Spaces'. Click here for further details

Francis C Scott Charitable Trust will support charities working in the most deprived communities in Cumbria who are addressing the key transitions in a child's/young person's life, click here for further details

Eden Leisure Grants – Grants to Organisations - Grants are available to support organisations including sports clubs and community groups. The fund is discretionary and can support a wide range of projects including both revenue and capital projects. Applications are considered by the Community Services Portfolio Holder. Applications are accepted throughout the year, subject to budget. Maximum of £700 Contact Ian Parker 01768 212473.

Eden Sports Coach Education Bursary - The bursary provides financial support to sports coaches who are aiming to achieve sports coaching qualifications. The scheme offers coaches a 50% bursary off all National Governing Body, UKCC Level 1 and 2 courses and includes First Aid and Safeguarding and Protecting Children. To qualify for the bursary applicants must be over the age of 16 and reside within Eden District. The bursary scheme is open for individuals to apply to and not clubs, however we do ask that you provide a letter or email of support from the club or organisation you intend to coach at. Please contact Ian Parker on 01768212473 for more details. 

Walney Extension Community Fund is a fund for communities along the coastline of Cumbria

Hadfield Charitable Trust - Grants for charitable organisations to carry out projects in the areas of social needs, youth and employment, help for older people, the arts and the environment in Cumbria. For further info go to website -

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is currently inviting applications from community and voluntary organisations who are contributing to the regeneration of their communities to apply for grants of up to £5000.  There are a number of eligible wards in Allerdale & Copeland.

Talented Athlete Funds

GLL Foundation - This fund is accessible for talented athletes in all areas where there are Better Leisure Centres, including Allerdale Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland. As a leading Charitable Social Enterprise, GLL are delighted to make a positive impact to communities through the GLL Sport Foundation

SportsAid  - SportsAid helps young British sportsmen and women to achieve their ambitions by supporting them during the defining early years of their careers.

Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme - Support for young people (both able-bodied and disabled) in England who want to continue with a formal education but also want to realise their potential as an athlete and maintain an involvement in performance sport.

Persimmons Healthy Community Fund are giving away £600,000 to support young people in sport

Eden Leisure Grants – Grants to Individuals - Grants are available to support individuals in excellence and personal development in sports and the arts. This will usually mean participating at national level and beyond for sports related applications. Applications are considered by the Community Services Portfolio Holder. Applications are accepted throughout the year, subject to budget. Maximum of £400 Contact Ian Parker 01768 212473.

National Funding Sources (A-Z) 

Awards for All - England Grants are available for voluntary groups, schools, local authorities and health bodies in England to carry out projects that will improve their local community

BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme - Funding up to £10,000 is available for projects that combat disadvantage and improve children and young people's lives.

Boost Charitable Trust - Grants are available to organisations in the UK helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals participate in sport. Who is eligible? Charities and non-profit making organisations Deadline? Applications may be submitted at any time. Contact: Lucy Till Building On Overlooked Sporting Talent (BOOST) Charitable Trust 5 St Bride Street London EC4A 4AS Tel: 020 7078 1955

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust Grants for the provision of leisure activities for the disabled in the UK

Cash 4 Clubs - Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.

Cooperative Membership Community Fund makes grants for community projects. To apply, you need to be a charity or voluntary group. You can apply for anything from equipment to event costs, help towards rent or fixtures, sport or computer equipment. You can also apply for running costs.

Central Social and Recreational Trust 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.

David Wilson Homes North West - Our Space, Your Place Grants Grants are available to local community groups, charities, and schools in the North West for projects that will genuinely enhance or improve services, facilities or the environment within their local area.

Dickie Bird Foundation - Support for individuals throughout Great Britain with the aim of helping disadvantaged young people (under the age of 18) to participate in sport, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice, irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity. Who is eligible? Individuals aged under 18 years at the time

DWF Charitable Foundation One-off grants are available to registered charities in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland for projects that address issues of homelessness, employability, education, health and well being.

English Golf Union Junior Development Grant - Funding to enable golf clubs and ranges in England to provide structured and regular coaching sessions and activities to grow the number of juniors (boys and girls) getting into golf and onto regular participation.

ESF Community Learning Grants ESF Community Learning Grants in the North West invites your organisation to apply for a small grant, up to a maximum of £13,500, from the ESF Community Learning Grants programme. This is to fund activities and courses supporting individuals who are out of work, helping them to access employment or further learning and training.

Fields in Trust’s - Active Spaces in partnership with The London Marathon Charitable Trust is engaging with local projects getting communities active on green spaces.  By agreeing to protect a green space that will host new, or planned physical activity projects, landowners will receive £5,000, subject to a successful application, for the project.  Time is limited, so please check out the link and contact your Fields in Trust Development Manager if you have any questions, or would like to apply.  The deadline for applications is 27th April 2018, with projects to be delivered by September 2018.

Freemasons' Grand Charity - The charity makes grants to Masonic and non-Masonic charities in England and Wales. Grants are broadly aimed at charitable work in the following fields: Youth Opportunities; Vulnerable People; Medical Research; and Hospices.

Free fundraising and charity training - for small charities across England and Scotland  The programme is supported by the Cabinet Office Small Charities Fundraising Training Programme and sponsored by Blackbaud, the event offers eight different courses, covering key fundraising skills such as Trusts & Foundations and Corporate partnerships. There are also courses available in Risk Management and Demonstrating Your Impact. 

Garfield Weston Annivary Fund 2018In celebration of their 60th anniversary The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new one-off fund of £5million to support Capital projects to provide new or improved facilities for local communities across the UK.  The Fund will close for applications on 30th June 2018. 

Gillette Great Start Grants The scheme celebrates the role of coaching and supports coaches by offering aspiring and amateur coaches who wish to further their qualifications the opportunity to apply for grants.

Greggs Foundation - The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to help organisations based in local communities to deliver activities that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

Groundwork UK manages a range of funds inc. carrier bag funds, power to change funds and others. 

Grow the Game - The Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme provides grants of up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by the Premier League and The FA. The Scheme is delivered by the Foundation.

HRUK Healthy Heart Grants - award grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000 are available across the UK for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Live UnLtd - Offers young people aged between 11-21 up to £5,000 of funding and all the support you need to help make great ideas happen

Lloyds TSB Foundation - The Foundation funds local, regional and national charities working to tackle disadvantage across England and Wales. Seventy percent of our funding is for core costs, and our focus is on supporting underfunded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them to play a fuller role in the community. Our strong local presence enables us to respond directly and promptly to local needs.

Lord’s Taverners Mini buses Grants Programme provides specially-adapted transport to schools, clubs and organisations catering for young people with learning and physical disabilities.

Morrisons Foundation - The Morrisons Foundation has been set up to make a positive difference to people living in England

National Lottery - The Funding Finder from the National Lottery will help you navigate the different funding programmes to find the right one for you. 'Awards for All' is a very accessible fund. 

Persimmons Healthy Community Fund are giving away £600,000 to support young people in sport

Peter Harrison Foundation - Opportunities through Sport Programme Grants are available to charities registered in the UK that are running sports projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills.

Playing Fields Legacy Fund is a small charity established to get more people, especially the young and disadvantaged, playing sport through more effective use of playing fields.  We offer grants of up to £10,000 to stimulate new investment in playing fields, including funding for drainage, levelling, returfing, ATPs, MUGAs and pavilions. 

Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund - The fund will provide grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions and playing surfaces for community benefit, with money provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) and delivered by the Football Foundation.

Ready - This charity provides financial support to disabled young people, (up to 21 yrs). Funding can provide assistance with access ramps, disabled toilets, changing facilities, specialist sporting and recreation equipment.

Rebuilding Lives Through Sport - The Fund aims to actively promote and encourage participation in wheelchair sports. Although grants cannot be awarded to individuals, funding can be made available to organisations where there is only one wheelchair user. Awarding grants from £1,000 to £50,000.

The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund - Invites applications from young track and field athletes who are in education and may need financial help towards training or provision of equipment. Applicants must be aged between 15 and 23 years, medalists from their National Schools AA, AAA U17, & U20 or U23 Championships or in the top six of the appropriate UK ranking lists.

Rugby Football Foundation Groundmatch Grants - Grants for amateur rugby clubs in order to encourage the recruitment and retention of rugby players in England. Who is eligible? Rugby Union clubs at level five and below in the English Clubs Rugby Union Championship (ie the leagues)

RYA Sailability Grant - Grant for sailing clubs in the UK undertaking sailing projects for disabled people. Who is eligible? RYA-affiliated sailing clubs and centres, and constituted registered charities, charitable companies, or members-only clubs Deadline? The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.

Santander Foundation Discovery Grants - Discovery Grants support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges. 

Seafarers UK - Seafarers UK offer funding to support projects in the UK that fund maritime youth organisations. For further information go to their website 

ScrewFix Foundation - They support projects that fix, maintain, improve and repair charitable and community facilities for those in need accross the UK

Sport Relief – Sport Relief cash grants are available via Cumbria Community Foundation:

Swimathon Foundation - Has an annual fund to applications from local not-for-profit organisations from across the UK for local community projects which encourage more people to swim. Community groups and charities who would like to help more people enjoy swimming can apply for funds of between £300 and £2,500.

Tesco Charity Trust / Torch Trophy Trust Funding is available to provide practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities in areas where Tesco has stores in the UK.

Torch Trophy Trust - The Trust provides small bursaries to assist volunteers in sport and presents awards to individuals who have been identified as making an outstanding contribution as a volunteer in their chosen sport. Bursaries are available up to £1000. Call 0207 854 8513 for general enquiries.

TrusthouseTrusthouse gives grants for running costs or one-off capital costs to charities and not-for-profit organisations for projects addressing Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation.

VInspired Cashpoint is a fund for 14-30 year old volunteers, up to £500 is available

Will Charitable Trust - Support is available for activities in the UK that fall within the following categories: care of and services for blind people; long-term care of people with learning disabilities; and care of and services for people suffering from cancer. For further info go to website -

Wheel Appeal - Wheel Appeal is aiming to provide over 2,000 disabled people with a new sports wheelchair, training and coaching that will enable them to participate in sport and enjoy competitive and recreational sport. The Wheel Appeal will either fund 'standard' manual sports wheelchair or provide a grant towards a 'bespoke' sports wheelchair. Unfortunately the Wheel Appeal does not provide funds towards power wheelchairs. For more details contact Paul Rushton or telephone 01296 395995.

Whizz-Kidz -  is a children's mobility charity who will fund children and young people under 18, who have limited mobility or no mobility at all, with Sports Wheelchairs.

Wooden Spoon - Wooden Spoon is the UK's leading grant-making charity dedicated to helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people through rugby. The fund is open to 'not for profit' organisations to apply for grants including Sports Areas



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Community Grants

Grants & Funding for Community Groups

The County Council’s Area Support Teams manage a range of grant funds that are used to invest in communities to bring about a positive and lasting change for the benefit of the whole community. Including:

  • Community Grants
  • 0-19 (yrs) Grants
  • Public Health Grants
  • Waste Prevention Fund

The latest updated Funding Opportunities for Coaching guide can now be viewed on the UK Coaching website.

Cumbria CVS -  can help you write successful funding applications, provide funding searches, high impact funding events and professional training. For more support contact Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350 or email