Bursary / Sponsorship Grants for Athletes

The bursary and sponsorship grants detailed here are most commonly open to individuals, whether children or adults, elite athletes or underprivileged.

You can also click enter keywords to search for relevant grants in our funding finder.


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The Joanna Brown Trust

The Joanna Brown Trust provides talented young athletes from across the UK with financial support to help them excel in their chosen sports.

To apply for a grant from The Joanna Brown Trust please send an email or letter outlining why you should be awarded a grant, how you would use it and how it would benefit you in your chosen sport.

Please note, The Joanna Brown Trust will not award grants for travel and/or accommodation costs. Also, note that The Joanna Brown Trust receives a large number of requests for funding.

Check their website for the next deadline. You can expect to hear if you applications has been successful or not within 3 weeks of this date. All applications must be sent to info@thejoannabrowntrust.org.

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The Rob George Foundation

Funding available: Up to £2,000
Deadlines: None specified

The Rob George Foundation became established in January 2014 to provide bursary grants.

The Foundation, among other things, provides financial support to young people who demonstrate exceptional commitment and/or ability in the world of sport but may be held back by their financial situation from pursuing their goals.

Bursaries can be up to £2,000.

Dickie Bird Foundation

Funding available: Not specified
Deadlines: See website for meeting dates

The Dickie Bird Foundation offers grants to children under 16 years of age to participate in the sport of their choice, to the best of their ability, irrespective of their background, social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside and outside sport.

Children who, through no fault of their own, are disadvantaged, underprivileged, due to the financial situation of their family/guardians or carers are unable to follow or continue in the sport of their choice, can get help.

Grants are to help with the cost of clothing and equipment including bats, racquets, fencing swords, protective items etc for them to take part or continue in their chosen sport.

For more information call 07949 814222 or follow this link.

John Weston Fund

Funding available: Up to £500
Deadlines: See website for details

Grants of up to £500 are available for young people aged 11 to 25 years for a range of activities including sporting excellence and for activities that build character, develop or improve skills and demonstrate a commitment to the community.

Eligibility is determined by postcode – a list is available on Foundation Derbyshire's website; however most are in the Amber Valley district.

The fund is administered by the Foundation Derbyshire and the grant making decisions are made by a panel of advisers.

Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme

Funding available: Package of services
Deadlines: Awards from 1st September to 31st August

The Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS) provides athletes with a tailored package of services. These may include coaching, strength and conditioning, lifestyle support, physiology and sports medicine.

TASS support over 600 athletes aged over 16 years who are currently in education whilst competing at England Talent level in their sport.

Sport England TASS awards are annual and run from 1st September to 31st August. Nominations are made by the individual sporting national governing bodies and the core services are delivered at TASS Accredited Centres in England.

32 different sports are covered by the scheme.


Funding available: See SportsAid website for details
Deadlines: See SportsAid website for details

Young athletes are nominated to SportsAid for financial support by their sport's own national governing body (NGB).

SportsAid awards are generally given to athletes between the ages of 12 and 18 (older for athletes with a disability) who compete in approximately 68 different sports, including disability disciplines.

SportsAid awards help athletes with essential costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment.

To find out if you could qualify for a SportsAid award, visit the SportsAid website or contact your sport's National Governing Body (NGB) directly.

British Gymnastics Foundation - Hardship Fund

The British Gymnastics Foundation is providing a new Hardship Grant to provide financial support to enable their members to continue to be involved in gymnastics. All current individual members can apply for hardship funding, including gymnasts, coaches and volunteers. There are four rounds each year. The closing dates are:

20th February; 20th May; 20th August; 20th November

Funding is limited to £5K in total for each funding round and requests can be for as little as £20, but grants awarded will not usually exceed £500

General Mountaineering Grants

The BMC list a wide range of organisations, Trusts, commercial companies and charities that are able to provide funding support for mountaineering, skiing and expeditions. Be sure to check out each organisation's awarding criteria carefully before making an application to avoid disappointment.

Click here to find out more.

Everybody Active, Sporting Champions Fund

Everyone Active's Sporting Champions scheme was launched in 2016, with the aim of providing ongoing support for talented athletes across the UK. Through their work with local authorities across the country, they have already supported more than 500 athletes with over £1million worth of sponsorship over the past four years.

Everyone Active's Sporting Champions aims to continue our support for athletes by offering both monetary funding and access to Everyone Active's 150 leisure centres across the country.

If you're a UK athlete who is looking to achieve your full potential with a little support, they'd love to hear from you.

Click here for more information.