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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.

Crowdfunding (Places and Spaces)

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. 

For support with developing your campaign please contact jack.liddle@wearerise.co.uk 07944 462 195 who is supporting organisations across the North East.

UK funds

Benefact Group – Movement for Good: Children & Young People Special Draw
5 days, 10 charities, £5,000 each – nominations now open
Deadline: 10/11/2023
Open to registered charities with a core purpose to protect children and young people. Ten charities could win £5,000 each. The draw is open 6th-10th November 2023 so act fast!

Deadline: 18/11/2023 – closing earlier than previously promoted due to an unprecedented volume of applications
Unrestricted grants are available for community and voluntary sports groups across the UK and Ireland, delivering activities for a social purpose to under-represented communities.
Amount: up to £2,000

The Wolfson Foundation – funding for places
Deadline: 05/01/2024
The main grants programme is open to organisations who are a registered charity, exempt or excepted charity, local authority or school. These grants are for capital initiatives, i.e. buildings (new build or refurbishment) and purchasing equipment. They fund a broad range of fields including education, mental health & disability.

Canoe Foundation
Deadline: 31/01/2024
Grants are available for paddling clubs, community groups, charities, parish councils, and Local Authorities across the UK for canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding projects for access and environmental related improvements.
Amount: £500 to £10,000

Community Ownership Fund
Grants are available to voluntary, community and charitable organisations in the UK to support them in taking ownership of local assets such as sporting and cultural venues, meeting spaces, community centres, pubs and shops that are at risk of closure. 
Garfield Weston Foundation
Grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK who are working in a variety of areas including community, and youth. Typical community projects supported include revenue grants for volunteering schemes and capital grants for the restoration of village halls and community centres and for facilities to support community life, and for youth projects to support and inspire young people to achieve their potential including small local groups as well as larger national youth development charities.
Amount: Regular grants up to £100,000 and major grants of £100,000 and above

Make Moves Fund
Nike and Spotify have linked up to launch the Make Moves Fund – a social impact-led initiative designed to get the least active girls moving through music. The fund will provide grants to UK-based community organisations to pioneer innovative and girl-first programmes that combine music and movement.
Amount: up to £20,000

England funds

SUEZ Communities Trust Landfill Communities Fund England – Primary Fund and Smaller Projects Fund
Deadline: 29/11/2023
Grants are available to non-profit making organisations in qualifying areas of England for improvements to local community facilities, such as village halls, public parks, sport and recreation facilities.
Amount: £3,000 to £50,000

The Phoenix Way – Children and Youth Round
Deadline: 03/12/2023
Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations, and charities across England and Wales to deliver projects and activities that work with Black and racially minoritised children and young people to prevent and reduce violence.
Amount: £30,000 to £50,000

FCC Community Action Fund – England
Deadline: 06/12/2023
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations for public amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and located within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment landfill site.
Amount: £2,000 to £100,000

Get Fishing Fund
Deadline: 08/12/2023
Grants to support angling clubs, fisheries, charities, schools and local authorities in England to deliver angling events and activities that will get more people into fishing and retain them within the sport.
Amount: up to £2,500

Cycling UK – Big Bike Revival Grants Programme
Deadline: 15/12/2023
Grants are available for voluntary groups, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations to deliver cycling projects and activities across England for people who do not normally cycle.
Amount: up to £2,500

Social Investment Business – Cost of Living Fund
Deadline: 31/12/2024
Discretionary unrestricted grants are available for UK charities and social enterprises based and delivering their work in England and who are already supporting people impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. The grant is to be used alongside a loan from the SIB Recovery Loan Fund.
Amount: £40,000 to £150,000

Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for England and Wales – Funding Programme for Specialist Small Charities
Deadline: 25/01/2024
Grants are available to strengthen the capacity and capabilities of small, local specialist charities supporting people facing complex issues in England and/or Wales.
Amount: up to £75,000

North East funds

Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation – Sunderland Participatory Grant-Making Fund
Deadline: 12/11/2023
Grants are available for community projects to support inclusive communities, create opportunities for healthier, happier people, and to raise aspirations for those living in Sunderland.
Amount: £1,000 to £5,000

Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation – Awarding of Grants Fund
Deadline: 13/11/2023
Grants are available to groups and organisations developing community projects for the benefit of Middlesbrough and Teesside residents.
Amount: up to £5,000

Northumbria PPC – VRU Local Youth Fund
Deadline: 13/11/2023
Grants are available to community groups in Northumbria for youth led projects that focus on preventing violent crime and building safer communities.
Amount: up to £2,600

Tees Valley – Rural England Prosperity Fund
Deadline: 15/11/2023
Grants are available to small businesses and communities in rural areas of Redcar and Cleveland to invest in capital projects, as part of the Rural England Prosperity Fund programme.
Amount: £3,000 to £15,000

Outdoor Sport & Play Funding (Former Tynedale Area)
Deadline: 17/11/2023
Grants are available for parish/town councils and non-profit making local groups and organisations to develop and improve children’s play and outdoor sports facilities within the former Tynedale district area.

Darlington Building Society 5% Pledge Fund
Deadline: 26/11/2023
Grants are available to support the activities of not-for-profit groups in County Durham and the Tees Valley that have an impact in their community, enabling them to continue their work and make vital improvements to their service.
Amount: up to £6,000

The Weston Charity Awards
Deadline: 10/01/2024 at 5pm
The awards are open to registered charities working with beneficiaries in the North of England, the Midlands, and Wales and which specialise in the fields of Community, Welfare, Youth, and Environment. Charities with at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position and an income of less than £5 million per year are eligible to apply. Winning applicants receive a core grant to cover costs and participate in the Pilotlight 360 programme — a 10-month package of organisation support and leadership coaching.

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