Funding Available Through Active Cumbria

Sports Workforce Education Programme (SWEP)
Increased investment received through New Balance provides an opportunity for Active Cumbria (AC) to support the sports workforce in Cumbria. The Outline of the Project is to increase opportunities for high quality participation in sport across Cumbria, AC will enhance its existing Sports Workforce Education Programme (SWEP) for the next three years by supporting an increased number of needs led learning outcomes each year. For more information, please contact Richard Metcalf at Active Cumbria on 07824 569613.

Satellite Sports Clubs Funding - Active Cumbria, through Sport England have access to extensive National Lottery Funding to support the developemnt of new Satellite Sports Clubs in Secondary Schools and Colleges across Cumbria. For more information, please contact Russell Maddams on 07909 537638

Community Healthy Weight Pilot Grants - Cumbria County Council

Grants for this pilot fund are for between £500 and £3000 and will be awarded to community based projects and initiatives that will support the healthy weight agenda these include interventions/projects that aim to:

• Increase physical activity • Encourage/educate people to eat a healthy diet • Improves access to healthy food • Supports individuals that are overweight and obese to lose weight • Build knowledge skills and capacity in the local community • Fulfil the community needs

Funding Available Through Sport England

Backing the Best - This fund is delivered through SportsAid. SportsAid helps the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early stages of their careers.

Small Grants - Sport England Small Grants Programme uses lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more young people (14+) and adults take and keep a sporting habit for life. Fund Open All Year.

A step-by-step guide to applying for Small Grants

Iconic Facilities Fund -  Iconic Facilities fund draws on the inspirational pull of London 2012 to create local beacons for grassroots sport. Sport England are investing £30m over the next three years in innovative, large-scale, multi-sport facilities' projects

Inspired Facilities - Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities - Fund Open All Year.

Get Equipped FundSport Englands £1 million fund will provide grants up to £10,000 to provide equipment for disability sport
Major Events Engagement Fund - Sport England’s £2m Major Events Engagement fund will build on the existing £27m of National Lottery funding that is invested into bidding for and staging major sporting events in collaboration with UK Sport.

Protecting Playing Fields - This programme being delivered over 8 rounds aims to invest £28 million of National Lottery funding into improving community sports fields.
The first five rounds of funding has benefited 336 projects around the Country who have been able to either create new natural turf pitches or improve existing ones that needed levelling or drainage works.

Community Sport Activation Fund - The Community Sport Activation Fund is a £47.5 million Lottery funding programme provide grassroots activity at a very local level. We will invest in what works best in your area, based on local need and evidence. Round 3 now open.

Flood Relief Fund Clubs and community-based sports organisations needing funding to clean up and get up and running quickly can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding which could be awarded very quickly. If you have any queries you can contact Sport England on 03458 508 508 or via email at to discuss the damage to your sports facility.

Other Local Funding Sources

The Live the Dream Fund offers funding to young people aged 11-25 years living in Allerdale or Copeland.

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

Kendal Rotary Club has grants available to young sports players from Kendal, aged 14 to 24 years old. Successful applicants will be competing at least at County or Regional (or equivalent, depending on the sport) standard in their sport.

GLL Foundation - This fund is accessible for talented athletes in Allerdale and Carlisle. As a leading Charitable Social Enterprise, GLL are delighted to make a positive impact to communities through the GLL Sport Foundation

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 >>More

Transpennine Express and Forestry Commission Green Grants - First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and the Forestry Commission (FC) would like to inspire people to make a positive improvement to their community and improve their local environment. The FTPE and FC Green Grants are available for physical environmental improvements that benefit the community e.g. tree planting, habitat restoration, wildlife protection/enhancement etc.   If you have an idea or project that is a physical environmental improvement and will make a long term, visible improvement, then the FTPE and FC Green Grants is for you.   Eligibility  The following are eligible for applying for a grant: • Community Groups/clubs; • Charities; • Schools; • Individuals acting on behalf of the above; • Individuals giving open access to their land; • Exceptionally we will accept other schemes.   Closing Date for Applications 30th October 2015, more informations is available here  

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 Cooperative Membership Community Fund makes grants for community projects. Last year, the Fund gave away £1.2 million in grants.  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.

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

Cumbria 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.

Kendal Rotary Club - Criteria must be performing at regional level. Applications must be made through the clubs website.

Eden Leisure Grants - Grant 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 accepted throughout the year, subject to budget. Maximum of £300 Contact Ian Parker 01768 212473.

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

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 of 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.

Barrow Sports Council Grants - The Sports Council have approximately £20,000 to award for grants. Clubs and organisations will require a Sports Development Plan. Clubs which have received or are working towards Clubmark will automatically be entitled to receive 50% towards level 1, 2 or 3 coaching qualifications from Sports Council. Grants to individuals will now only be for individuals who are resident in the Borough of Barrow in Furness and in full time education.

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.

Other National Funding Sources

Tesco Carrier Bag Fund with Groundwork UK is available for open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds 

Get Active For Good Cashpoint is an exciting new initiative for young people to run projects that use sport and physical activity for good in their community. Apply now to receive support and up to £500 to run your project. There are many ways being active can work for good. It could be for physical or mental well-being, individual development, to benefit your community, or a combination of all of these!

The 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. 

Archery GB have announced that the small grants scheme is now available to encourage and support the development of new projects. Funding is open to ontarget clubs, county archery associations, local councils, county sports partnerships, education establishments, other relevant agencies and not-for-profit organisations

Eligible projects will be those that seek to increase the number of disabled archers shooting regularly by either:


  • enhancing the archery experience for current disabled participants (i.e. additional shooting time, coached sessions, competitions) and/or
  • better skilled coaches or instructors delivering archery opportunities for disabled people and/or
  • increasing opportunities for more disabled people/groups to take part in archery


This funding has been made available through Sport England and the Worshipful Company of Fletchers. For more information, please view the Guidance and Application Form or to apply online click here.  Applications must be submitted by 1 May 2016. 

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.

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has launched the 2015/16 round of Hoof Capital Funding opportunities for equestrian facilities across England.  Hoof Capital Funding grants are available in addition to a Leased Facility scheme that is on offer for Sole Traders and Partnership operations as part of the innovative awards >>More

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

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

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.

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. For further info go to website -

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. 

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.

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.

The 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.

MARS Milk are donating a £1,000 cash award every month to a sports individual, club or project in need of extra funding. Whether you need new kit, travel costs, extra pitch time, coaches, training or competition entry fees.

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.

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

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

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

Sports coach UK in partnership with the England Coaching Network, Governing Bodies of Sport and the Home Countries has updated the Funding Opportunities for Coaching in The UK guide. The guide contains information on funding available in the UK to support coaching and is available to download from

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community Healthy Weight Pilot Grants

Grants for this pilot fund are for between £500 and £3000 and will be awarded to community based projects and initiatives that will support the healthy weight agenda  >>More

The latest updated Funding Opportunities for Coaching guide can now be viewed on the sport coach UK website or follow @scUKCoachFund

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Grow the Game Funding

Grow the Game Funding 

Grants available to young sports players from Kendal, aged 14 to 24
Grants available to young sports players from Kendal, aged 14 to 24

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It provides tried and tested solutions, real life practice, tips from people making it happen, and a range of downloadable resources.