Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package is made up of the following: 

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment 
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England. 

Go to the Sport England website to find out more.

If you require help with any funding application, please contact us

In additional funding news, Charities Aid Foundation has launched a rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19.Grants of up to £10,000 will help these organisations to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

This support is available to organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year.

Eligible charities can apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or Covid-19 emergency response activities.

To check out the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please head here.

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 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 taking part in 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

Great Idea

If you have a great idea, Sport England want to hear from you. This approach from Sport England is in response to consultation that funding applications are daunting and time-consuming, so they want to start the conversation earlier. With just four simple questions to answer - the first one being your name, this process couldnt get much easier!

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 

Police & Crime Commussioner's Property FundThe aim of the fund is to enable local organisations and community groups to access grants up to the value of £2,500. These grants must link in with one or more of the objectives in the Police & Crime Plan and aim to reduce crime and disorder.

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

David Wilson Homes North West - 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.

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 phone: 01768 817817

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 phone: 01768 817817

Gateway Hub – South Lakeland - Voluntary or community organisations are being invited to apply for grant funding of up to £500 to support projects which improve the quality of life in South Lakeland.

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.

Sir John Fisher Foundation -  The Foundation’s objective is to distribute its income to charitable causes, throughout the UK, but with special regard to those based in and working for the benefit of people living in Barrow-in-Furness and the Furness Peninsula.

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

Talented Athletes & Funding for Individuals 

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.

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.

Dickie Bird Foundation - a grant fund for disadvantaged children aged under 16 for essential sports equipment. Travel or coaching are not payable. Payment is for individuals therefore teams/groups should not apply.

Enable Sport - provides sports equipment to youngsters and disabled children under the age of 19. You can only apply if your parent’s annual income is less than £45,000, and funding is offered in a limited, one-off programme.

Adam Millichip Foundation - Funding is offered for disabled people wanting to get involved in sport as a way to improve their lives,

Richard Overall Trust grants are offered to encourage disabled and disadvantaged children to play sport, they can pay for sports clothes, equipment, training, transport and even tickets to sporting events.

Gladiator Sports SponsorshipUp to £500 sponsorship for individuals and other sports professionals.

Basketball Assist Fund - provides junior members with allowances of between £50 and £100, with clubs eligible to apply for support for up to three of their junior members.  

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 us know about a project for your community organisation and the difference the money could make.

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.

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 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

Building Connections Fund – Youth Strand (Co-operative Foundation) - The programme offers grants of up to £80,000 to tackle youth loneliness.

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.

Coalfields Community Investment Programme - a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities. 

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.

Craven TrustThe trust provides grants of up to £1,500 for community projects in parts of Lancashire and Cumbria. The next deadline for applications is 11th September 2019


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

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.

Enterprise GrantsEnterprise Grants will support charities and social enterprises in England working in either the homelessness or youth sector to develop or grow their enterprising activity, earned income and financial resilience. The fund can provide Feasibility Grants of up to £10,000 and Development Grants of up to £50,000.

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.

Francis C Scott 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.

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.

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 - 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.

Laureaus Innovation Fund - The Innovation Fund is designed to support truly innovative work and solutions at a stage before traditional funders would be able to justify involvement – i.e. before impact of the given initiative has been proven. The most innovative work in the sector will be able to utilise this funding to prove their innovative ideas and secure larger-scale or continuous funding from more traditional sources. 

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.

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 £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).

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. 

One Stop Carriers for Causes Grant - Grants are available to local non-profit organisations and groups for projects within two miles of a One Stop store in Great Britain that benefit local communities by helping to improve lives and local places.

Percy Bilton Charity - Grants for Organisations - 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).

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 Dream Trust – Dream Fund - we support chairties who wish to deliver highly innotive, impactful and engaging projects across Britain and further afield. Grants of between £500,000 and £1M, including a theme of ‘Transforming Society Through Sport’.

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.

Premier League Fans Fund is a three-year commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations which improve the relationship between fans and their clubs, the way football supporters engage with each other and fans’ experience of the game.

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.

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)

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 RFL at 

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:

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. 

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.

Tranforming British Tennis Together Initiative - Lawn Tennis Associationto invest in projects that bring together multiple partners to deliver the right mix of tennis facilities for their local community.

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.

Wilkinsons - 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



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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

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