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Funding for sport and physical activity

Here are some of the ways you can get financial support to develop local sport and physical activity.


London Sport Funding search tool

This tool is designed to support grassroots organisations and other bodies involved in physical activity and sport to search for and identify funding appropriate to their needs.

London Sport Funding Search Tool

Grant funding for talented athletes

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) provides athletes with a tailored package of service worth up to £3,500 in value. These may include coaching, strength and conditioning, lifestyle support, physiology and sports medicine.


Sports Aid is the charity for sports people, helping the next generation of young British sportsmen and women to succeed. 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.

The GLL Sport Foundation

The GLL Sport Foundation is one of the leading independent supporters of young sporting talent in the South of England; having currently provided funding and training grants to over 2000 athletes across 60 different sports at a value of over £1.5million. Grants are available for athletes living in Hillingdon.


A funding stream to get more 11-25 year olds into sport and physical activity through funding six to eight week taster courses.

London Sport (Sportivate) leads the strategic delivery of the Sportivate Programme in London. They deliver themed and open funding rounds, enabling potential deliverers to apply for funding. Deliverers need to sign a partnership agreement in order to access Sportivate funding. A broad definition of sport is used for Sportivate, although, Sportivate should be seen as a sports programme. Projects need to demonstrate that there is a demand from participants around the venue area for that sport and that there are suitable exit routes.

Hillingdon Community Trust 

Local grant-making trust funding voluntary and community projects and activities in the Hillingdon wards of Botwell, Pinkwell, Townfield, Yiewsley, West Drayton and Heathrow Villages.

Grant amount:  Up to £7,500 (small grant) larger amount available but if over £25,000 there is a preference for applicants to be registered charities.

Eligibility: Applications for grant funding must be in respect of a community or voluntary activity for the benefit of residents of the southern six wards of Hillingdon. The Trust will normally only fund voluntary bodies that have a constitution, a governing body, an annual report and a bank account.

Conditions: Grants will normally be made for a maximum period of three years. It is unlikely that funding will be provided after this period. Organisations applying for grants other than for one-off items of expenditure are expected to demonstrate the sustainability of the project and their exit strategy. See the Hillingdon Community Trust website for further conditions.

Sport England Small Grants

Small Grants uses Lottery funding to make awards to constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. This might include sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport.

Grant amount: up to £10,000.

Eligibility: Applications must be from constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. This might include sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport.

Conditions: Total project costs must not exceed £50,000 and be deliverable in 12 months. Projects must be focused on sports that are recognised by Sport England. Please note that for sports that Sport England deem higher risk, appropriate affiliation to the National Governing Body will be required. Must be for new activity and new costs associated with helping more people play sport. Apply via the Hillingdon Community Trust website or you can contact them on their advice line: 08458 508 508,

Sport England inspired facilities

Part of Sport England's legacy programme, this scheme will continue until 2017. There is £15 million of National Lottery funding currently available, with a further £40 million to come.

Grant amount: From £20,000-£150,000 per grant.

Eligibility: Community and voluntary organisations can apply for up to £75,000. Statutory bodies, local authorities and educational institutions can apply for up to £150,000. Grants can be used for a range of purposes, such as improving buildings or buying equipment.

Conditions: 70% of funds are for community/voluntary organisations. Local authorities must equal the grant in partnership funding. apply via the Sport England (Inspired Facilities) website or you can contact them on their advice line: 08458 508 508

Sport England improvement fund

There is £45 million available through Sport England up to 2017 for medium sized projects, distributed via five funding rounds of £9 million per year.

Grant amount: From £150,000-£500,000.

Eligibility: Sports, community and voluntary organisations, local authorities and education institutions can apply for funding for new builds, modernisation or refurbishment of facilities.

Conditions: Projects must contribute a minimum of 25% of total costs. You can apply via the Sport England (Improvement Fund) website.

Football Foundation facilities grant

Funding comes from the Premier League, the FA and the government, via the Football Foundation charity.

Grant amount: Up to £500,000.

Eligibility: Available to local authorities, sports clubs, charities and educational institutions for new or improved facilities, such as clubhouses, changing rooms and floodlights.

Conditions: Applicants are expected to secure 50% of the total project costs from other sources and must be able to demonstrate a clear financial need for grant aid. Apply via the Football Foundation (Facilities Scheme) website.

Cash 4 Clubs

A scheme funded by Betfair and supported by SportsAid. Clubs can apply for grants to improve facilities, buy equipment, gain coaching qualifications and so on.

Grant amount: There are three tiers of grant, at £250, £500 and £1,000.

Eligibility: Any sports club can apply as long as it is registered with the sport's national governing body or local authority. Apply via the Cash 4 Clubs website.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The foundation gives grants to charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs.

Eligibility: Groups can apply for capital funding to develop facilities to benefit the community.

Grant amount: The majority are small grants of £5,000 but grants of up to more than £25,000 available. You can apply via the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.

London Marathon Charitable Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants for capital projects that inspire and increase the number of people regularly taking part in physical activity.

Eligibility: Two grant programmes available to provide facilities for community recreation, including sport.

Grant amount: Small grants provides awards of between £5,000 and £19,999. Major grant awards of between £20,000 and £150,000

Conditions: Projects must demonstrate an increase in participation, and the Trust will not normally be the sole funder of the project.

Tax breaks for sports clubs

Good news for amateur sports clubs. You can now benefit from valuable tax relief by registering either as a charity with the Charity Commission or as a  Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) (CASC) with the Inland Revenue.

If you would like assistance in setting up as a charity contact Hillingdon Association of Volunteers on 01895 442722.

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