Government Coronavirus Community Support Fund - this newly opened fund managed by the National Lottery Community Foundation has £200m available and will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England. It's two primary objectives are:
Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.
Active Together - Get up to £10,000 to keep your community physically active. Crowdfunder and Sport England have teamed up to make £1 million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
If your sports club has had to cease operations due to the ongoing pandemic and in doing so is experiencing short term financial difficulty, consider setting up a crowdfunding campaign and apply for up to £10,000 match funding today.
Sport England have launched a new fund, their Community Emergency Fund which aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available. Please note that this fund has now stopped taking applications. If it re-opens in the future we will let everyone know.
Many clubs, groups and other leisure businesses will be entitled to Business Grants from the Government including some charities and community amateur sports clubs.
The two main grant schemes are:
Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in recepit of small business rate relief or rural rate relief.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund of £10,000 or £25,000 depending upon the property's rateable value.
Further guidance and details on both can be found here
If you think you are eligible and havent received yours please contact your local district council on the links below:
The temporary scheme supports SMEs with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years.
Self Employed Income Scheme
The scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. Businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and businesses can apply online through a short and simple form.
Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - Grants will be available for some firms which have been outside of the scope of existing grants' criteria, mainly the Small Business and Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants. Window is open now until June 15th. Further details in the links below for the funds administered by the district councils:
Financial Support For Charities
The Chancellor has announced a £750 million package of support for frontline charities.
The CAF had launched a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. The fund has been overly subscribed so they have PAUSED it to new applications just now.
CAF does however have a Coronavirus hub page on their website which lists other sources of funding available to charities as this difficult time.
Cumbria Covid-19 Response Fund has been launched at Cumbria Community Foundation. Their target is to raise £3 million to support the most vulnerable and isolated members of our communities through the coronavirus crisis. The initial priority is to support groups who are providing immediate support to vulnerable and older people who are shielding as well as those who are self-isolating. Apply here
Neighbourly Covid Community Fund
Micro grants are available for charities and community groups that are existing members of the “Neighbourly” CSR platform, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. The funding is for activities that support members of the community who are suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. (max. £400)
National Lottery Awards for All
A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. Suitable for voluntary or community organisations. CEO Dawn Austwick recently stated all the funding decisions they make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. This is restricted to:
National Lottery Reaching Communities England - This programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. They can fund activities supporting people affected by the crisis. You can also apply for funding if your organisation is struggling financially because of the impact of COVID-19. They are looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure and are expecting most funding will be between £10,000 and £100,000.
LTA Covid-19 support package - In early April LTA announced their multi-million pound support package, designed to ensure clubs and venues remain viable and players, coaches and officials are not lost to our sport. The LTA know that many involved in tennis in Britain are concerned about their futures and are facing significant challenges. Support for venues, coaches, officials and performance is available.
Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund - Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.
Charity Bank - Charity Bank has updated its list of emergency funds for charities and social enterprises that are experiencing difficulties with their cash flow during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes UK wide and country specific funds as well as regional funding sources, which are primarily local Community Foundations.
Big Society Capital - has announced, an "ambitious £100 million programme of loans and investments" which aims to get emergency funding into charities, social enterprises and small businesses in disadvantaged areas during the pandemic.
Standard Life Foundation - have announced that they will be making funding available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK
Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund - the trustees had allowed changes to funding support due to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants of up to £10,000 are still available but committee meetings will be held on a more regular basis. Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.
Alpkit Foundation Grassroots Support now - the foundation has had a temporary shift in focus and are now prioritising support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis.
ECB Emergency Support programmes - Cricket clubs and leagues are now able to apply to three new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Emergency Loan scheme, Return to Cricket Grant Scheme as well as the new League Emergency Loan Scheme.
Football Foundation Pitch Preparation Fund - The fund provides almost £10 million of financial support to those struggling to maintain their football pitches across the country. This is a direct response to a need across the game, providing grants to clubs that have lost out on normal revenue streams during this difficult period and helping them to prepare their pitches after challenging winter weather conditions. The application window is open until Monday May 25th.
Laureus – Sport for Good Covid-19 Response Fund - The fund will provide grants of up to 10,000 Euros (approx £8900) to support organisations using sport to support vulnerable children and young people at risk of being left behind during the current crisis.
BBC Children in Need Covid-19 Response - two new grant programmes are being launched:
MIND Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund - Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.
As part of this funding programme, National Survivor User Network is administering a smaller fund to support user-led organisations (ULOs) and smaller, unconstituted community groups in England, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Further details here. Grants of up to £1000 will be available.
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 Russell.email@example.com
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
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!
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)
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)
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 Fund - The 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 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. Temporarily replaced by Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund.
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
Eden Leisure Grants 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 firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 01768 817817
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
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.
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
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 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. Grants will normally be paid up to 25% of the expenditure to a maximum grant award of £400. Contact email@example.com 01768 817817.
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.
Cauldwell Children - 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.
Gladiator Sports Sponsorship - Up 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.
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 Fund - The 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. Currently paused.
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
Cadent Foundation - Over the next 5 years the Cadent Foundation will be awarding £20+ million of grants to charities and community groups to support projects that make a real difference. Charities and community groups can apply for individual grants of between £100 and £100,000. They want to support projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations under three headings - Environment, Communities and Research & Innovation
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.
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 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 Trust - The 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
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.
Francis C Scott CharitableTrust 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.
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. Currently paused due to Covid -19
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 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 Sponsorship - Up 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 Football 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. Currently paused due to Covid -19
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. Currently paused due to Covid -19
Leeds Building Society Foundation - The Foundation funds good causes across the UK, which support those who are disadvantaged or in vulnerable circumstances. The Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.
Les Mills Fund for Children - Les Mills award the funds they raise to registered charities and accountable non-profit organisations who they believe will do their most to improve the education and physical and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-16. Your work may focus on one or more of these areas: living in poverty, physical and mental health problems, health and wellbeing and living with disability.
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).
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 or up to £500 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. Fund temporarily closed to new applications.
Places to Ride - This funding is available to any organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community and can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate your local space, through to a brand new cycling facility. The programme is open until January 2021 and has both small scale (£1k-£50k) and large scale grants (£50k-£500k) available as well as equipment packages.
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 Building Futures - As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education. Local groups which support under 18's can apply remotely. The top prize is £100k.
Persimmon Community Champions - Funding from Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative goes directly to groupscurrently 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 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.
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, medalists 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. To find out more please contact RFU Area Facilities Manager Alex Bowden
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
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 Currently paused due to Covid -19
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. Postponed for 2020.
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.
Trusthouse - Trusthouse 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. Funding is temporarily suspended as of 30th April 2020.
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
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.
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org