National Funding Sources

National Funding Sources (A-Z) 

Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund The Angus Irvine Playing Fields Fund exists to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK to play outdoor sport. The fund is available to local community groups, sports clubs and charities. Grants will typically be in the range from £2.5k - £5k although a larger grant may be possible in some circumstances.

Aviva Community FundThe Aviva Community Fund gives you the chance to secure funding for a cause or charity close to your heart. 
Simply let them know about a project for your community organisation and the difference the money could make. 

Biffa - funding will benefit people within their free time who are living in communities within five miles of a significant Biffa Group Ltd operation or within 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site in England. (Carlisle - St Ninians Road).

BlueSpark Foundation is a registered charity which supports the education and development of children and young people by providing grants for educational, cultural, sporting and other projects.

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.

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

Canoe Foundation support fund - aims to support projects that create better access to water for recreational users and projects that protect the paddling environment and will provide grants to local community organisations, clubs, parish councils and local authorities with an interest in facilitating paddlesport activity, in order to help alleviate some of the pressure that has been placed on launch sites around the UK. 

Comic Relief Community Fund is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000. There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes - Children Survive & Thrive; Fighting for Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be; Mental Health Matters. Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant (up to £500) or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant (up to £4000).

Cooperative Local 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. 

Craven TrustThe trust provides grants of up to £1,500 for community projects in parts of Lancashire and Cumbria.

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust Grants are available to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.

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.

Fat Beehive Foundation Digital grants are available to small UK registered charities for building websites or digital products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.
Application deadline: rolling

FCC Community Foundation - FCC Communities Foundation awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Foyle Foundation - Grants are available to smaller charities registered and operating in the UK for projects that will make a significant impact on their work. The revised focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.

Francis C Scott Charitable Trust Support charities working in Cumbria that support 0-21 year olds from our most deprived communities. Capital and revenue for up to 3 years from £500 - £15,000 p.a. Grants below £4,000 are considered monthly.

Football Foundation: Return to Football Fund - Not-for-profit community groups delivering football activity in an area within Decile 1-3 of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) are eligible for funding and will be able to apply for grants of up to £500. 

Garfield Weston Fund - The Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference. They fund a wide range of causes and charities and their grants vary according to the size of the charity and the work being undertaken. 

Gladiator Sports SponsorshipUp to £500 sponsorship for sports clubs, teams, societies, venues, individuals, events and other sports professionals.

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 From goalposts to changing pavilions, whatever you need the Football Foundation has got you covered. Check out the full line up of funding opportunities you could be eligible for.

GSK Impact Awards - The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The Kings Fund. The Awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The awards are designed to recognise success and achievements for the existing work of organisations and you do not have to present a new project. 

Hedley Foundation provides grants to smaller charities operating across the spectrum of social need.  Last year we supported hundreds of small charities, improving lives and lifting people’s aspirations.

Henry Smith Charity (Strengthening Communities) The Strengthening Communities grant programme aims to support small, grass roots organisations who are embedded in the community, working within the most deprived areas of the UK.

HRUK Healthy Heart Grants - We offer Healthy Heart Grants of up to £15,000 to community projects across the UK that focus on heart health and promote healthier, happier longer lives.

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 Accessible Minibuses  provides specially-adapted transport to schools, clubs and organisations catering for young people with learning and physical disabilities.

Magic Little Grants Small one-off grants (up to £500) are available to local charities and community groups in Great Britain that are running, or planning on running a project that encourages individuals to take part in some form of physical activity to help improve their physical and mental health and well-being.  

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

Movement for Good Awards - The Movement for Good awards are giving £1m to charities through £1,000 and £50,000 grants. Funding is open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland with an income of less than £5m, which support a cause that communities care about  (e.g. the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage).

Nationwide - Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives who are making positive changes in their local areas can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000.

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. 

Percy Bilton Charity - Funding is available to UK registered charities with primary objectives to assist one or more of the following groups: disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25); people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems); older people (aged over 60).

Persimmon Community Champions - Funding from Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative goes directly to groups currently focusing on supporting the over 70's. It’s really simple to apply for a donation by completing the online form.

Peter Cruddas Foundation - Funding is available for registered charities in England and Wales that are working to support disadvantaged and disengaged young people as they move towards pathways into education, training and employment.

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.

Postcode Trust People’s Postcode Trust receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Funding is available for projects of up to 12 months in length ranging from £500 up to £20,000

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.

The Queens Club Foundation - The club supports lawn tennis, rackets, real tennis, and Squash. It can provide organisations with grants between £500 - £3,000 per year.

The Rank Foundation - UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants programme.

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.

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, medallists from their National Schools AA, AAA U17, & U20 or U23 Championships or in the top six of the appropriate UK ranking lists.

RFU Local Club grants- The RFU now provides Local Club Grants for facility improvements. These are managed and administered locally by RFU staff and Constituent Body volunteers. 

Rugby League World Cup Funding - This grant is dedicated to where Rugby League takes place. It will invest in facilities and equipment that create environments that are accessible, welcoming and build a legacy of the 2021 tournament in local communities. For any queries, please contact the RFL   

ScrewFix Foundation - They support projects that fix, maintain, improve and repair charitable and community facilities for those in need across the UK. Grants of up to £5,000 are available. Applications can be made at any time and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. 

Sporting Capital  a new social investment fund that focuses on supporting the sustainable development of community sports organisations.The £3m fund is the first of its kind, and offers investment in the form of simple, repayable loans of between £50k to £150k. 

Tesco Community Grants Tesco community grants fund thousands of local projects right across the UK. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light. Grants up to £2000 are available.

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. 

Tudor Trust - Grants (min. £10k) are available to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK, encouraging independence, inclusion and integration. Sports organisations need to have a strong social focus. 

UK Coaching - . Search facility for grants available for coaching. 

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

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.

Wilkinson - Every Wilkinson store has a small budget to help their local community to do great things. They want their donations to improve the lives of as many local people as possible and can make a big difference to lots of good causes.

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.

YAPP Charitable Trust - Make grants for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work.