ClubDurham Funding News (Oct 2021)

Please see below just some of the funding currently available for sports clubs:

Additional £5 Million in Funding for Sports Clubs Crowdfunding Campaigns (England)

An additional £5 million of National Lottery funding has been made available to continue supporting clubs and local organisations to set up and run their own crowdfunding campaigns to help sustain them through the Covid-19 pandemic and return to play.

Sport England’s Return to Play: Active Together Fund is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund successful Crowdfunder campaigns by up to £10,000.

Sports clubs, charities and other community organisations delivering sport or activity in England are invited to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, additional coaching, facility hire, and any other Covid-19 related needs.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Find out more here.
Community Ownership funding

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of closure. It will run for 4 years

The fund will support a range of community ownership proposals. For example, projects may include:

  • sporting and leisure facilities
  • cinemas and theatres
  • music venues
  • museums
  • galleries
  • parks

Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

  • Matched capital grants of up to £250,000 will be available for most projects. Due to the higher costs involved in some sports related assets, an increased cap of up to £1 million match capital funding will be available to help establish a community-owned sports club or help buy a sports ground at risk of being lost without community intervention
  • The Community Ownership Fund will provide up to 50% of total capital costs, matching other funds and resources raised by the applicant. Applicants will need to demonstrate they have raised other funds to cover the total capital costs of their project. For this round of funding, applicants will need to show they will be ready to draw down capital funding from the Community Ownership Fund within 6 months of their application.
  • Revenue will not need to be matched and applicants can apply for grants up to a maximum of £50,000 (and no more than 20% of total capital costs applied for through the Fund) providing they can demonstrate how this funding will support them to complete their project and develop a sustainable operating model

The Community Ownership Fund will not provide funding to:

  • pay off businesses’ debts or to buy an indebted business
  • purchase housing assets
  • new-build projects to develop new assets or amenities, unrelated to saving or preserving an existing asset or amenity
  • general revenue for community activities or events unrelated to the acquisition or transfer of a community asset or amenity
  • purchase costs of publicly-owned assets.

Where applications for funding relate to community assets which are currently publicly owned, further eligibility criteria will apply.

More information here.

Community Sport & Physical Activity Small Grant Scheme

The aim of the Community Sport & Physical Activity Small Grant Scheme is to support growth and strengthen the sustainability of community sports clubs and grassroots organisations who are providing opportunities for their communities to engage in physical activity on a regular basis.

Who can apply?

  • Applicant sports clubs must be registered with Club Durham to be eligible
  • Organisations that are not sports clubs can apply to this fund if they are delivering outcomes that meet the fund objectives.  They must satisfy appropriate due diligence checks as part of the grant assessment process.
  • All applicants must be based in County Durham (within the administrative area of Durham County Council) and meet the general funding conditions.
  • All applicants must be seeking a grant of between £1,000 and £5,000 for a project which is clearly linked to the intended outcomes.

To be eligible to apply for this funding, the name of the applicant, along with their bank account, governance and accounts must all be in the same name, if this is not the case the application will be rejected.

Size of Grant Available

  • Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available

When to Apply 

There are no closing dates for applications and they can be submitted at any time.

If you need to know more about this fund please contact your Club Durham Locality Officer.

Clubs in Crisis Cash4Clubs 

Funding will be made available for eligible grassroots sports clubs and organisations through the local Community Foundations. In order to be eligible, clubs must provide clear evidence of how they use sport to help young people develop life skills, employment opportunities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour or tackle mental health issues.  This fund must show community social value to the project you are looking for funding for rather than be based on general sport participation.


Sport England Return to Play – Small Grants Programme 

Sport England Maximum value: £10,000, open for applications

Small Grants to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

Sport England Return to Play: Active Together

Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m.

With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs.

Area Action Partnership Funding (AAP):

Each Area Action Partnersip across County Durham has access to their own funding schemes.

AAP’s have funding available for projects that address the priority of Community/Covid 19 Recovery. They are looking for projects that address the following themes and challenges:

  • Employability initiatives
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Organisational sustainability
  • Food provision and support
  • Social Isolation
  • Support for the Voluntary and Community Sector, or
  • Support to small businesses (through a third party, not-for-profit).

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there may be other recovery areas that need to be taken into consideration.)

Please visit the relevant link to see what may be available in your area.


Groundwork Grant Schemes:

Find out more about how to apply for national and region-specific grants that can help you and your local community.  These include TESCO BAGS OF HELP Fund and others

Football Foundation – Game on funding

Three funds to help get clubs and organisations ready for the return of grassroots football

  • Small grants available for items such as goalposts, small ground improvements and portable floodlights
  • Defibrillator Funding to put defibrillators around clubhouses & football facilities


England Athletics Club/facilities support fund; 

The Club Support Fund aims to provide financial assistance for the athletics and running community.  Through four separate funding rounds in 2021 and into 2022, they will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 to those affiliated clubs and member bodies most in need of support. Each round will be themed and there will be a set period for clubs and member bodies to submit their applications for funding. Please note only one funding round remains in this cycle.

Round 4:  Theme: Member engagement;  Opens 3rd Dec 2021, Closes 14th Jan 2022

Central Social and Recreational Trust 

Maximum value: £ 1,000;  open for applications

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.

Boost Charitable Trust 

Building On Overlooked Sporting Talent (BOOST) Charitable Trust

Small grants are available to charities and non-profit making organisations with a focus on helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the UK to participate in sport.