Funding for Clubs and Groups

Derbyshire County Council Action Grants

Small Grants are available for not for profit organisations in Derbyshire (not Derby City) through Derbyshire County Council's Action Grants programme.

Funding is available through 4 different themes:

  • 750 Youth Activity Grants (500 Universal: 250 Enhanced)
  • 500 Community Safety Grants
  • 375 Community Activity
  • 375 Physical Activity and Sport Grants

The fund is unable to support the purchase of defibrillators, but can fund other equipment.

The Action Grants Programme will run until the end of May 2020. Applicants wishing to submit an application for a small grant will be able to do so at any time within the 2 year programme. Applicants wishing to submit an application for a medium (up to £5K) or large grant (up to £10K) must note that approval for projects is only done so on an annual basis.

Application deadlines for small grants (£500 maximum) are as follows:

  • round 7: 31 January 2020
  • round 8: 31 May 2020

Medium (maximum £5,000) and large (maximum £10,000) grants can be applied for annually at the following deadlines:

  • round 8: 31 May 2020

Projects will be expected to commence spending allocated resources within six months of receiving funds and to confirm their organisations commitment to delivery.

Click here for a short video about the key facts about the fund.

For more information, click here.

National Lottery's - Awards for All

Funding available: £300 to £10,000
Deadlines: Rolling programme

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 for capital and revenue projects.

A wide range of voluntary and community organisations can apply to the National Lottery Awards for All programme including constituted clubs / groups, schools and other statutory organisation.

This fund has three funding priorities:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

It's important that you include details in your application on how your project meets at least one of these outcomes and how you have involved your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you're planning.

Foundation Derbyshire

Funding available: variable
Deadlines: various

Foundation Derbyshire is a non-profit organisation that provides independent funding for voluntary community action throughout Derbyshire.

Grants are distributed to voluntary groups which aim to tackle disadvantage and enhance community life in Derbyshire. There are a number of different grant schemes available through the Foundation.

East Midlands Airport Community Fund

Funding available: Up to £2,000
Deadlines: See website for details

The East Midlands Airport Community Fund was established in April 2002 and since then over £500,000 has been pledged to a whole range of initiatives which aim to bring lasting benefit to the communities around the airport.

The Community Fund Management Committee meets six times a year and is open to community groups within a defined area of benefit which includes parts of South Derbyshire, southern areas of Derby and Erewash (check the website for the area covered). Generally the maximum funding awarded is £2,000.

The fund's objectives include bringing the community closer together through facilities for sport, recreation and other leisure time activities.

Landfill Communities Fund and Derbyshire Environmental Trust

Funding available: variable
Deadlines: various

The Landfill Communities Fund will be of interest to not-for-profit clubs and organisations who want to develop amenities which are open to the public.

To meet the need for landfill tax contributions to go through an environmental body, Derbyshire County Council established the Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET). The DET has secured almost £11m from landfill operators for around 630 projects.

The Trust administers a number of different landfill funds which include:

1) Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete UK Limited

If your project is in the vicinity of a Lafarge Aggregates operational site you may be eligible to apply for a grant. Lafarge Aggregates have sites at Whitwell, Dowlow (near Buxton), Chaddesden (in Derby), Barrow on Trent/Swarkestone, Nether Langwith and Renishaw.

There are also sites at Alrewas (Staffs border) and Hemmington (Leics border). Normally projects must be within a seven-mile radius of the sites.

The project site must also be within a 10 mile radius of a licenced landfill site. Successful applications may be funded at any amount up to the requested figure, depending on available funds and/or other priorities.

2) Biffaward

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust is able to apply to Biffaward for funding towards projects adopted by the Trust. To be eligible projects must be within 10 miles of a Biffaward operation and 10 miles of a licenced landfill site.

There is a useful postcode checker on the Biffaward website which identifies if a project is within the correct radius. Potentially funding of up to £50K is available for community projects that meet the fund's criteria.

Funding Categories

Projects must meet at least one of landfill communities fund's objectives. There are several different objectives. However, the one which sports-related projects is most likely to meet is:

"Where it is for the protection of the environment, the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site."

Upon enquiry the Trust is also able to advise about the other sources of possible funding under the Landfill Communities Fund, to whom organisations can apply direct including the Veolia Trust, Viridor Credits and the Sita Trust.

To find out more about the DET, whether your project may be eligible for funding, or to request an application pack, contact the Trust via or on 01629 539182 / 538614.

Playing Fields Legacy Fund

The Playing Fields Legacy Fund is a small charity established to get more people, especially the young and disadvantaged, playing sport through more effective use of playing fields.

They offer grants of up to £10,000 to stimulate new investment in playing fields, including funding for drainage, levelling, returfing, ATPs, MUGAs and pavilions.

N.B. As at November 2017, the fund is on hold while the charity considers its future direction.

Click here for further information.

Persimmon Community Champions Scheme

Funding Available: Up to £1,000.
Deadlines: See website for details.

Persimmon has launched its Community Champions Scheme to fund good causes across the UK. In the next 12 months they plan to give away up to £750,000 to fund local community initiatives.

Its charity match programme gives donations of up to £1,000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised funds themselves. Persimmon will be allocating £52,000 per month

The online application form is very straightforward, but there is a need to illustrate why your group or charity deserves a donation and you must state how much you've raised already.

Big Lottery - Reaching Communities

Funding available: £10,000+
Deadlines: Rolling programme

Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to five years.

There is no upper limit; however you will need to call them before you apply for a grant which is more than £500,000.

The programme will support salaries, running costs, a contribution towards core costs and equipment. They can also fund up to £100,000 for land, buildings or refurbishment capital costs.

If you need more than £100,000 for a land and/or buildings project, please see the Reaching Communities buildings programme, where large capital grants are available in specific areas.

Central England Co-operative Community Grant

Funding available: £100 and £5,000
Deadlines: 30th January, 30th April, 31st July, 28th October

Central England Co-operative is committed to serving its local communities and welcomes applications for community projects.

Only members (who have been a member of for at least 6 months), or employees can apply. Also, beneficiaries must be in communities in which the Central England Co-op trades. Successful awards are made to a range of community organisations.

Jewson Building Supplies - Transforming spaces and places

Funding available: between £1,000 and £5,000, with one £50,000 award.
Deadlines: see website for details.

Jewson Building Supplies has launched a vote-based competition aimed at transforming spaces and places in need of a little love and attention. The awards are meant to be used to support building projects of all shapes and sizes, no matter how innovative or ambitious.

The competition is open to any local group in the UK that has a 'big idea' that will benefit its community.

Nominations for innovative and ambitious projects which make use of sustainable products and practices are particularly welcome.

Regional winners will get support of £1,000 and £5,000. One project will win the main £50,000 prize.

The awards are to be used to help pay for the cost of building materials and labour and can be spent on anything from a new roof or a coat of paint for a neglected public facility.

Jewson will produce a shortlist of nominated projects, then communities will be asked to vote on which to support. After that, a panel will pick the winners.

Co-op Local Community Fund

Funding available: See website for details

Deadlines: Closed as at November 2017

The Co-op Local Community Fund the Co-op's way of giving back to their communities - providing funding to local causes that members care about. Click here for more information.

Every time a Co-op member buys selected Co-op branded products and services, 1% of their spend goes to a local cause. Also money from sales of the Co-op's reusable carrier bags, and the 5p legal charge on carrier bags will also be used to kick start the funding for each cause.

Applications are open to charities which have been registered for at least 6 months. Your project needs to be in keeping with the Co-op's values. They'll also give priority to local charities with an income of less than £500,000 a year.

The fund won't support salaries or other running costs. Click here for more information.

Mansfield Building Society - Community Support Scheme

Funding available: £100 to £500
Deadlines: Applications considered twice yearly in May and November

Mansfield Building Society's Community Support Scheme is designed to help a wide range of groups that do their bit to help local people. Typical awards are between £100 and £500.

The scheme invites applications from groups within Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire (the Society has a branch in Chesterfield) that are in need of financial assistance to help with their objectives. Applications for funding are considered by a panel twice yearly in May and November.

The panel considers application for assistance in a number of different categories including those which promote and encourage sporting activities.

Applications not normally considered include applications from individuals, projects that promote party political activities or religious causes and commercial enterprises.

BBC Children in Need

Funding available: Small Grants of up to £10,000. Main Grants over £10,000
Deadlines: See website for details

The BBC's Children in Need grants programme is open to organisations working with young people who are 18 years and under and are experiencing disadvantaged through:

  1. Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. Any kind of disability
  3. Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. There is no upper limit; however they make very few grants over £120K.

The Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 for one year only.

Heritage Lottery Fund

From football, rugby, cricket and tennis, to boxing, bowling, curling and rowing, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has supported projects related to almost every popular sport in the UK. Heritage Lottery Funding has conserved historic sporting sites and facilities, including Brockwell Lido in London and Victoria Baths in Manchester. However, the focus of most projects is the stories and memories behind the people, places, and events that make up our sporting heritage. Many projects have researched the history of local clubs, recording the memories of communities, players and fans. Others have explored the lives of sporting heroes, local links to the Olympic Games, and the diversity within sport, from Deaf tennis to Jewish boxing heritage.

We've already had some local success in the county with e.g. the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation's 'Proud to be Derbyshire' pictorial history celebrating the heritage of Derbyshire CCC. Also, Matlock Baileans Hockey Club's 'Jolly Hockey Sticks' project which celebrates their 70 year hockey heritage.

Currently the HLF are seeking more projects from Erewash and Derby.

Click here to find out more about the opportunities available to sports clubs through the Heritage Lottery Fund, or phone them on 020 7591 6042 / 6044 to seek advice about your sporting heritage project idea.

People's Postcode Trust - Small Grants Scheme

Funding available: £500 and £20,000
Deadlines: Applications are now closed for 2017. Please visit their website in the coming months for details on 2018 programmes where new guidance will be available.

A range of not-for-profit organisations and local constituted clubs can apply to the People's Postcode Trust Small Grants scheme.

Grants of between £500 and £20,000 are available for projects in England lasting up to 12 months. However, applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with the Charity Commission can only apply for up to £2,000.

Applications are invited for projects that focus on a number of themes including Healthy Living Initiatives.

To find out more click here.