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Please see below a list of funds to support and sustain sports clubs, groups or individuals delivering sport & physical activity in the Tees Valley.  We are working with a great network of partners who have considerable experience of supporting the clubs and community groups sector. These include local authority staff, Volunteer Development Agencies, Sported and StreetGames. 

Grants Online has a developed a free-to-access page for Covid-19 emergency funding. It one of the most exhaustive lists available for free and covers UK-wide, national and local emergency funds funds. It is also very regularly updated, so make sure to check back from time to time. Access Grants Online Coronavirus page here.

Sport England Return to Play Fund

Return to Play Small Grants – This will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment. It’ll help community sport respond to the challenges posed, such as having to deliver in smaller groups, having the correct hygiene and safety equipment and giving training to club volunteers. It’ll also cover making necessary changes to facilities, supplying additional sports equipment and new signage to meet current government and national governing body rules and guidance. 

Crowdfunding (Return to Play Active Together)

Crowdfunder and Sport England have teamed up to make £1 million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.  If your sports club has experienced short term financial difficulty, or needs to adapt how it operates, due to the pandemic you can set up a crowdfunding campaign and apply for up to £10,000 match funding today.  If you have already started a crowdfunding campaign you can apply for the match funding via your Crowdfunder dashboard. 

Local Funding Sources

The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust 

Description:  The Trust funds charitable activities benefitting residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside.

 Priority goes to those which ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community, and the quality of life of individuals within that community. 

Application deadline: Rolling 

Active Living Fund

‘You’ve Got This’ are managing a fund that will support ideas that get local people and communities more active more often and this doesn’t have to be sport related.  Support will be given to innovative ways of getting people motivated and doing more active things that improve their confidence, self-esteem, mental health and general wellbeing. They want to support initiatives that bring people together or provide individual support. Ideas can be family focused, aimed at specific age groups, communities in a place or communities of interest. They are open to exploring any new ideas or diversifying / expanding existing projects or community activity.  Projects will be funded with a minimum value of £200 up to a maximum of £5,000.

Better Together Fund

Tees Valley Community Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of their new ‘Better Together Fund’ to tackle loneliness and isolation in Tees Valley.  If your organisation is delivering any form of activity to relieve the difficulties brought about by social isolation; it could be regular zoom or telephone calls, it could be doorstep deliveries of activity packs, whatever you are doing, they want to help.  For any enquiries regarding the fund please email info@teesvalleyfoundation.org

Your Active Living Fund

Description: Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA) are looking for ideas that get local people and communities more active more often and this doesn’t have to be sport related. They want to support innovative ways of getting people motivated and doing more active things that improve their confidence, self-esteem, mental health and general wellbeing.
Application deadline: none specified

The Roseline Fund and The Sir Tom Cowie Fund

Description: The Roseline Foundation fund will award grants to support organisations that help people experiencing poverty and health inequality, Black and Asian communities, those with mental health problems and isolated older people to recover from the impact of the pandemic on their work. The Sir Tom Cowie Fund will award grants to organisations working with children, young people and their families.    Application deadline: none specified

Darlington Grants Programme

Description: The aim of this programme is to fund charities, voluntary-led organisations and projects that have an impact in Darlington’s communities, enabling them to continue their work and make vital improvements to their services.
Application deadline: none specified 

David Dockray West End Young People’s Fund

Description: To support projects that ensure all young people are included in activities, and support groups for young people with disabilities. Groups working with children and young people in the west end area of Newcastle, and gifted young individuals who are unable to achieve realistic ambitions because of financial difficulties.
Application deadline: none specified

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust – North of England

Description: The funding aims to support smaller charities and good causes in the north of England to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet. 

The funding is for projects in the north of England that have a clear link with one of the Trust’s themes: 

  • Improving mental wellbeing 
  • Enabling community participation in the arts 
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty 
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality 
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces 
  • Enabling participation in physical activity 
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space 

Application deadline: none specified

Resilience Funding Tees Valley (Grant) 

Description: Funding is available for work that focuses on improving the wellbeing of people in local communities (of all ages) impacted by Covid-19. 

Areas of focus for proposals may include: 

  • mental health support for Covid-19 survivors (especially those required intensive hospital treatment and may now be suffering from long Covid) 
  • mental health impact of lockdown on vulnerable groups 
  • people at increased risk of Covid-related mental ill health or emotional wellbeing issues. 

Further information depends on where the organisation is based. The local contacts are: 

Sir James Knott Trust – Tyne and Wear, Northumberland,  County Durham and Hartlepool 

Description: At the Sir James Knott Trust we support charitable activity in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland,  County Durham and Hartlepool, by making grants to organisations. The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England. The Trust supports organisations through core funding and is also willing to make capital and project grants. 

Application deadline: Rolling

Middlesbrough Borough Council Small Grants and Community Chest

Grants are available for groups in Middlesbrough up to £1500

  • Small grants is for small, none constituted groups without a bank account or policies
  • Community Chest is for those more formalised groups that have those in place.

Small Grants Application Form

Community Chest Application Form

Community Chest Criteria and Guidelines

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Youth Fund

Description: The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. 

Core funding will support organisations to: 

  • sustain, grow or prepare to grow the organisation’s impact 
  • improve, consolidate and spread practices that empower young people to shape their lives and lead change (asset-based approaches) 
  • support and champion people with lived experience in the leadership and operational delivery of the work, particularly people most affected by systemic oppression and/or discrimination.

Application deadline: none specified 

Virgin Money Foundation – #iwill Take Action Fund (North East England)

Description: Through the #iwill Take Action Fund the foundation provides grants of up to £50,000 to organisations from the North East of England that support youth-led social action projects that create positive change in local communities.

Application deadline: none specified

National Funding Sources

Bikeability Trust – Widening Participation Fund

Description: Funding available to current Bikeability training providers and organisations for innovative pilot projects that encourage underrepresented children in England to take part in cycle training.
Application deadline: 29/10/2021

Rowing Foundation

Description: Grants are available to support rowing in Britain with preference shown to encouraging participation in rowing by the young or disabled through the provision of equipment.

Application deadline: 25/10/2021

 Postcode Innovation Trust – The Dream Fund

Description: The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. We ask charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project.

Application deadline: 01/11/2021

Asda Foundation

Description: The Asda Foundation has launched phase 2 of its Bringing Communities Back Together Fund. The fund aims to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness, and support groups as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease across the UK. 
Application deadline: 01/11/2021 

Hargreaves Foundation

Description: The Foundation makes grants to small registered charities working with young people aged of 11 and 25 in the areas of Recreation, Sport, Training, Health and Welfare, Support and outdoor Education.
Application deadline: 27/10/2021

National Lottery – various funds

Description: Funding is available for projects that enable people to make changes that improve their lives and encourage communities to build on their strengths and share learning.

Application deadline: ongoing

Arnold Clark Community Fund

Description: Grants are available for UK registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Application deadline: none specified (the grants are awards by a monthly draw)

Garfield Weston Foundation

Description: The Foundation awards grants for capital, project and revenue costs to UK registered charities working within the UK in the areas of Welfare, Youth, Community, Arts, Faith, Environment, Education, Health and Museums & Heritage.

Application deadline: none specified 

RYA Foundation

Description: The Foundation seeks to promote participation in boating for those who may otherwise find it difficult to partake in the sport due to age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances. Grants are available for:

  • Volunteer recruitment.
  • Training.
  • Provision for children and young people.
  • Equipment provision.

 Application deadline: none specified

Wooden Spoon Charity

Description: Wooden Spoon supports projects which will benefit children and young people under 25 years of age who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
Application deadline: none specified

True Colours Trust – UK Small Grants

Description: Small grants are available to UK registered charities and community interest companies that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK. Applications are accepted from UK registered charitable organisations and community interest companies with an annual income of less than £350,000 and which are delivering projects in the UK.

The Trust is particularly keen to receive applications from organisations which:

  • Work with children and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
  • Operate in areas of high deprivation.

Application deadline: none specified

National Governing Body Sport Specific Support


Badminton England have launched their Hardship Fund which is designed to help affiliated clubs and registered coaches restart activity after the enforced shutdown. It will prioritise those experiencing short term financial hardship and who have genuine concerns with being able to make sessions financially viable or facing the potential ceasing of operations. Grants of up £500 per club/coach are available (one application per club/coach).


Clubs, County Associations and Bowls England are facing a period where there is the loss of regular income whilst there are overheads and bills to be paid. Sport England and the Government has put in place a number of initiatives to assist clubs and small companies during this period of uncertainty.


England Boxing has pulled together the financial assistance available for clubs during the Coronavirus outbreak into one document.

Canoe Foundation

Description: The funding is for projects that will improve accessibility to waterways and facilities thereby enabling greater use of them. There is particular interest in enabling enhanced participation in paddle sports for all people.
The funding is intended for the following purposes:

  • New or improved launching points in urban or rural locations or as part of a water trail, such as steps or pontoons. Linked promotion of access points including signage or maps to increase participation and use.
  • Incorporating better accessibility or facilities at waterside locations which might improve the parking or changing aspects of a site.
  • Improving the quality of the waterways and oceans through support, for example practical kits, for a clean-up or an improved natural habitat.

Application deadline: 31/08/2021

England & Wales Cricket Board – Emergency Programme

Description: The funding is intended to support cricket clubs and leagues to cover essential running and maintenance costs during the coronavirus pandemic. As the recreational game returns to play, the funding can also be used by clubs and leagues to re-open and get games of cricket on under new coronavirus guidelines. The Programme has three separate strands:

  • Emergency Loan Scheme
  • League Emergency Loan Scheme

Application deadline: none specified


The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has had a significant impact on the equestrian sector. A number of grant funding opportunities have been announced in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to help provide support, some of which may be applicable to equestrian businesses, community projects and charitable organisations.

Football Foundation – various funds

Description: There are three different funds available – Small Grants, Return to Football Fund and Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund. Grants are available for grassroots football organisations in England.

  • Return to Disability Football Fund – The grant must be used towards either, returning to football (restarting football activity across all groups. We particularly welcome applications with a focus on groups that have lapsed due to lockdown and COVID-19 and are at most risk of not returning to pre-COVID activity). Or New football activity (delivering new football activity that was cancelled due to lockdown and COVID-19.
  • Small Grants – The Small Grants programme seeks to enable grassroots football organisations in England to restart activities after the period of COVID-19 restrictions by providing funding for purchasing equipment and items such as goalposts or pitch maintenance machinery.
  • Return to Football Fund – Funded by the FA and Sport England (National Lottery Funding), Return to Football is a 2.2 million fund providing grants of up to £2,500 to help clubs and organisations most in need to restart or deliver new football activity. 
  • Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund – The Maintenance Fund provides six-year tapered grants to help football clubs enhance or sustain the quality of their grass pitches.

 Application deadline: none specified


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is providing a £61 million package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19, with financial assistance available at every level of the game – across counties, boards and clubs.


In agreement with The R&A, a sum of £2,555,000 has been made available to golf clubs in England hit hard by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. From the 8th July, clubs and facilities can now register their interest in the fund and begin the application process.


The scheme has been launched to support voting clubs impacted by Covid-19 in the immediate and short term (next few months) to ease cashflow and meet outstanding costs. Loans of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to provide eligible clubs at league level 3 and below with financial support towards essential operational expenditure. These loans will be interest-free, repayable over a period of up to three years, with an initial repayment holiday of six months.

Table Tennis

Table Tennis England has announced a raft of additional funding support for clubs, leagues and counties to help them through the pandemic.


The financial support being provided by the LTA for those impacted by the coronavirus includes:

Tennis Venues

• A repayment holiday on loans of six months for all existing LTA facility loans, equating to a value of almost £1m

• A 2019/20 registration fee refund for LTA Registered Venues equating to over £1m

• A Hardship Fund of up to £13.5m, providing interest free loans of up to £5,000 • Continued operation of the LTA’s Quick Access loans scheme for tennis venues which provides interest free loans of up to £250k for investments such as covered courts, padel courts and floodlighting


• Financial support grants for full time LTA Accredited Coaches and Tutors, covering both the self- employed and those set up as sole directors of limited companies, equating to a value of approximately £4M

  • A targeted Hardship Fund of up to £1m, providing interest free loans for coaches of up to £5,000
  • Dedicated helpline providing legal expertise to assist with identifying and claiming Government support

• Temporary extension for LTA Accredited Coaches where their accreditation has recently expired or is due to expire in the coming months • Grant and loan funding to be made available to the LTA’s Coach Qualification providers


• Financial support grants for full time LTA Licensed Officials


With costs such as venue hire continuing yet membership fees being frozen, we understand the dire financial situation some clubs are facing. It is worth acknowledging here that the insurance clubs receive by affiliating to Volleyball England does not cover losses caused by the coronavirus but click on the link above to read about available support.

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