Non-sport-specific Funding

Non sport-specific funding is usually open to a wide range of organisations. The grants listed here are some of the main grants, both small and large, for sport and physical activity.

Sport England - Community Asset Fund

The Community Asset Fund is an open, rolling programme for capital projects up to £150K:

£1K to £15K for small scale project which will address emergency work

£15K to £50K for projects which address more substantial changes

£50K to £150K, by exception for larger investments. Applicants will need to demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under represented groups.

Statutory organisations and schools will need to provide at least £1:£1 match funding.

What types of projects is Sport England interested in for their Community Asset Fund?

Sport England don't want to stifle your thinking and creativity, but here are some of the things you could think about:

  • Work to repair, expand or improve a community sports facility. Perhaps your roof has been damaged in a storm, or you could increase the amount of time people can use your pitch or courts if you had floodlights installed.
  • Taking ownership of an underused playing field that could be transformed into a place for people to get active. Maybe there's a really well positioned but poorly maintained pitch in your area, that you could take ownership of, improve drainage and access, and bring back into use for the wider local community.
  • Transforming an empty or underused building into a space where people can play sport. Is there a vacant community centre or school building that, with a new boiler, paint job and necessary alterations, could be brought back into life as a focus for community activity, including sport?

The application process now includes an initial expression of interest form. This form asks:

•Who you are, including contact details

•What your project is, where it is located and why it is needed

•Who will benefit and details of the activities involved

•How you make it happen and how much funding you are requiring.

Click here for more information.

If you need help with completing the main narrative sections to the form, then you can download our guidance.

Sport England - Small Grants Programme

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Funding Available: £300 to £10,000
Deadlines: Rolling Programme

Click here to watch a short presentation detailing all the important facts about this fund.

The fund will still provide grants between £300 and £10,000 for up to 3 years. They want to support projects that help everyone to take part in physical activity whether this is formal sport or informal activity aiming to help people lead more active lifestyles.

The fund can support your project to run activities that help overcome these barriers, and not just formal or traditional sports.

N.B. The priorities of the fund are now:

  • Getting inactive people to become more active
  • Developing lasting sporting habits
  • Develop more positive attitudes among young people

Their priority is to fund activities which reach people and families who have not had the opportunities to be active that others have. This might be for several reasons, including low income or where they live, but also levels of confidence.

They want to fund activities that are relevant, engaging and help people get regularly active – including those who do very little or no exercise at present.

They are particularly interested in projects that involve:

  • People on lower incomes
  • Supporting inactive people to become more active
  • Women
  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities

They will now also support less formal activities – contact Sport England if your activity is not included within their list of recognised sports.

  • They want to fund new activity or a clear expansion on previous projects.
  • Funding can be for up to £10,000 for a project. They may make slightly larger awards in exceptional circumstances.

They aim to make their decision in eight weeks.

A wide range of not for profit voluntary and community organisations can apply including sports clubs, CICs, schools, statutory organisations…

They can fund:

  • New or additional equipment
  • Kit for new teams or teams that haven't had any before
  • Fixed term or sessional staff and/or coaching costs
  • Training or coach development costs
  • Venue hire
  • Transport
  • Volunteer costs or expenses

Projects with children aged 5-13

They are principally interested in projects that support active play. By active play they mean activity where children are most likely to be in charge.

They are also interested in projects that take a whole family approach.

Football projects

They'll prioritise projects working with people from lower socio-economic groups and that seek to address identified barriers to participation in football.

Click here to watch a short presentation detailing all the important facts about this fund.

Click here for more information.

Cash 4 Clubs

Funding available: Up to £1,000 - one top prize of £10K
Deadlines: Usually opens annually, therefore keep checking their website, or sign up to our funding newsletter where we will report more details when we are aware.

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.

There is one top prize of £10K, with smaller awards of £500, £750 and £1,000 are available. Sports clubs can apply. For details click here.

Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports' National Governing Body or local authority.

Central Social Recreational Trust

Funding Available: Up to £1,000
Deadlines: Check the website for details

The Central Social Recreation Trust will support project where

  • All young people who are to benefit are under 21 years of age and belong to a club/organisation based in England. They will consider applications where the majority are under 21, but will not consider grants for individuals.
  • They will consider grants for equipment for the use of all members of the club. Individual items will not be considered i.e. personal items of kit such as gum shields, shorts, vests etc.
  • They will consider grants to assist in the maintenance of properties as long as the property is owned by the club or there is a significant lease period,
  • They will only pay suppliers directly. It is therefore necessary for the clubs to obtain a written quotation/invoice from the supplier.
  • Only clubs/organisations affiliated to their governing body i.e. Amateur Boxing Association of England; National Association of Clubs for Young People; Football Association etc. will be considered for a grant.
  • Grants will generally be no more than £1000 although the Trustees will consider applications above this figure in exceptional circumstances.

Please note that the Central Social and Recreational Trust has only limited amounts of funding to be allocated each year and may not be able to meet all applications.


If you are looking to raise funding for your club, school or community project, this is a great way to get your members, supporters, friends and family to help. They can help you raise money by simply shopping online through easyfundraising.

It doesn't cost you a penny extra, when you shop through easyfundraising. The site works like a cashback website, with the cashback being accrued for the cause / project of your choice.

Register your club, group, school or PTFA with easyfundraising. Then encourage your members and supporters to use the easyfundraising website when they shop online. The shops and services give commission for their purchases. This is then turned into a donation to give to your cause. Thousands of shops and services including utilities, holiday and insurance companies are registered, so there is plenty of choice when you go shopping online.

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 5: 30 June 2019
  • round 6: 30 September 2019
  • 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 5: 30 June 2019
  • 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.

To watch a short presentation about the key aspects of the fund, click here.

For more information and the application form, click here.