Club Funding

When it comes to improving your club, funding is always an important aspect that can help your club develop and improve. This could be anything from gaining funding to run a project to increase your membership, buy needed equipment or improve your club facilities.

Potential funders will need to see what impact their funds will have, this could include how the funding will have an impact on increasing the number of participants taking part in your sport, how the funding will improve the quality of provisions in your local area or how a specific project is going to engage and reach a target audience.

When looking for funding it is important that your club can demonstrate the impact that additional funds will have on your club by creating a business case for the funding. Potential funders will also want you to demonstrate the sustainability of what you are proposing to fund. Secondly, think about whether you really need funding, is it funding you need, or can the needs be met through commercial investment/sponsorship or fundraising. Sport receives funding from a range of sources which include:

1. Membership fees – these are the basic income for most sport clubs

2. Monies raised by membership – there is a range of ways that clubs supplement their income. Many clubs charge team members ‘match fees’ whenever they play a game. Team dinners, dances, raffles all make a profit for clubs.

3. Earned income – this may come from several sources. For example, money from bar and catering operations, especially with larger clubs.

4. Grants – are a large part of the income for amateur clubs. Local authorities provide grants to help pay for running costs of clubs or often provide facilities at reduced rates. The Sports Council can also provide grants to help clubs update or extend their facilities.

5. Sponsorship – Sponsorship may range from a local business/supplier donating a set of strips to paying for the costs of matches in a specific league all season. These businesses usually get free advertising on shirts, in match programmes or around the ground in return. Generally successful clubs find it easier to get sponsorship than those less successful.

Professional clubs tend to get funding from the same sources as amateur clubs although grants from the Sports Council or National Lottery are only available under exceptional circumstances e.g. setting up a coaching programme for youngsters. Professional clubs also get added income from spectators, media interest and prize money.

Local Resources

Think Active Support

Applying for Sport England Funding, Contacting Think Active

Several Sport England funding streams ask applicants to make contact with your local Active Partnership.  To do this, in the first instance, please use the enquiry form on the website providing the following details:

>The fund you are applying to

> The amount of funding you are requesting

> Brief description of your project

> Contact phone number

A member of the Think Active Team will then be in touch to discuss your application with you.

Local Authority Support

Warwick District

Warwick District Council operates a small grants scheme for voluntary sports clubs and community groups within Warwick district. Clubs/groups must have a constitution and bank account requiring at least two signatures. Grants are awarded up to a maximum of £500.

To apply for a sports grant complete sports grant application form. For further information, contact Manoj Sonecha (Active Communities Officer) by email or by phone 01926 456221


Small grants for Solihull based sports clubs – Small grants are available to Solihull based sports clubs. The criteria and application form for a grant has been simplified. Funding is available for:

> The promotion of sport within the local community

> Increasing sports participation

> Developing new or existing sports coaches

Applications are open for the Small Grants Programme run by Sport Solihull. Criteria for the grants include:

> The level of funding available is up to £1000

> No individual applications. Applications must be made by the sporting club/application

> A club must produce a development plan that covers the funding detailing what the funding will be spent on and how they see it helping the club in the long term

> 100% grants will not be awarded – the clubs are expected to make a contribution towards the project/request being made

> If awarded funding will be paid in arrears on receipt of evidence of actual costs and payment. Clubs will be monitored, and progress reviewed against funding given

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Stratford-on-Avon District

Stratford Town Trust give grants to projects and groups that help to improve quality of life for the people who live in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Each year we have around £1 million to distribute in discretionary grants. We consider applications from: charities – local and national, constituted voluntary community groups and organisations, Community Interest Companies (CIC), Limited by Guarantee companies and Statutory organisations for certain projects.

You don’t have to live in the town to apply for a grant, but your project/activities must be charitable and benefit people who live in the town.

What kind of projects could I get a grant for?

We’ve identified five key priorities where our grants can make the biggest difference to the local community:

> Improve Health and Wellbeing

> Create Positive Activities for Young People

> Reduce Loneliness and Social Isolation

> Protect and Support Vulnerable Communities

> Provide Support During a Time of Crisis

There is a mix on offer between:

> Main grants for £1500+

> Multi-year funding grants

> Fast track grants

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The Jumping Through Hoops Youth Fund is a fund for projects in Coventry supporting young adults aged 18-30 who are experiencing some form of disadvantage. This may include being at risk of homelessness, transitioning into independent living, unemployment, lack of skills, qualifications and opportunities, mental health, unhealthy lifestyles, crime and anti-social behaviour etc.

 Having won the title ‘UK City of Culture 2021’, Coventry City of Culture Trust is keen to support existing and potential partners to develop their practice, their organisation or their ideas as they look to get ready for 2021.

In 2018/19, the Coventry City of Culture Fund supported 22 projects across Coventry.

The success rate across the previous round was 16%. 16 of these were first time applicants. 6 grants were awarded through the Get Ready Fund while 16 were through the Road to 2021 Fund.

The programme aims to support projects which deliver cultural activities in Coventry and help local individuals or organisations develop ideas or new partnerships. There are two levels of funding available. 

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Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough

The Active 4 Life Funding scheme provides up to £1000, to enable sports clubs, community organisations, social enterprises and others to carry out new, original and innovative projects that engage target communities/people in Nuneaton and Bedworth to become more physically active.

Well thought out/designed programmes that engage with residents and show partnership working with seamless transition from one service to another will contribute to the reduction of health inequalities through the increase of physical activity/participation levels.

Aims of the programme

> Increasing Participation in Sport and Physical Activity

> Promoting Health & Well Being

> Supporting and Developing a New Workforce (Volunteers)

> Tackling Health and Inequalities Issues

> Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

When applying for funding from the Active 4 Life Funding Programme we expect a project to meet a minimum of 1 of the aims identified above and delivered in a target area. 

Secondly, NBBC/Everyone Active is committed to providing residents with the opportunity to take part in sport at all levels. The Passport to Performance (PtP) programme has been introduced to provide support to our local talented sports men and women, boys and girls.

The programme will look to provide successful applicants with free access to NBBC owned facilities managed by Everyone Active as this is a joint programme. Applicants will be assessed based on their applications submitted.

The Benefits:

> Free access to NBBC/Everyone Active leisure facilities (depending on requirements of access and your application submitted)

 Who can apply?

PtP is open to any person residing in the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth, that is a member of a sports club and is achieving a minimum of Regional/County Standard or equivalent and looking to progress to Great Britain representation.

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Rugby Borough

Community and voluntary organisations can now apply for a grant from Rugby Borough Council.

> A voluntary and community grant of up to £2,500 to support projects which benefit the local community.

> A sports grant of up to £1,000 to support local sports clubs in delivering events or activities.

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Other Local Support

University of Warwick

All University of Warwick sports clubs are provided with an annual budget by Warwick Students Union to deliver their club activity. There are also many additional pathways for clubs to improve or develop the opportunities they provide to student and staff members.

Capital Bids –Capital bids is exclusively available for University of Warwick clubs and is opened at most once a year dependant on available funding.

Club Development Fund – Exclusively available for University of Warwick sports clubs to bid for up to £1000 for club developments; it opens twice a year.

International Representation Fund – This fund supports athletes with up to £500 for representing their home nation at major international competitions.

Opportunity Fund – Provides up to £1000 to individuals, clubs, societies and other groups of students to help fund extra-curricular activities. It is 100% funded by donations.

Lord Rootes Memorial Fund – Encourages personal development by supporting challenging projects proposed by individual and groups of Warwick students.

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action –WCAVA has a lot of experience of advising community and voluntary groups of where they can secure funding from. They hold a national funding list and ‘can do’ bespoke funding searches for groups via the funding central database. Also, WCAVA produce a Funding Bulletin Alert each quarter which any group can sign up to via

Each locality office will have local knowledge of local trusts and grant aid schemes which groups can apply to. We work closely with each Local Authority’s sports/physical activity and community teams as well as Think Active. Each partner’s capacity will be different, and some enquiries and issues will be discussed with local partners, if you agree to see who is best placed to offer support.

Local Support

If you need more support, please contact your local authority Sports Development Officers:

Warwick District

Number: 01926 456221

Email Address:


Rugby Borough

Tom Allen (Sports Development Officer) – / 01788 533711

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Twitter – @RBCsportandrec

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough



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