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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.

We have found some specfic funds available to support the work of LGBTQ+ groups, there are of course many funds which are not specific but do fund work in this area. The funds listed don’t cover all areas of the UK so if you are aware of other funds please let us know so we can share in the future.

Bristol Pride Community Fund
Deadline: 30/09/2024
Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups for projects that will enhance or improve the lives of LGBT+ people in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Amount: up to £500

Manchester Pride – Grants Programme
Grants are available for charities, community groups, and not-for-profit organisations across Greater Manchester to deliver projects and activities that benefit and support the welfare of local LGBQT+ people.
Brighton Rainbow Fund – Bursary Fund
A bursary fund aimed at LGBTQ+ specific sports and social activity groups, to address social isolation, loneliness, and access to healthy activities.
Amount: up to £1,000

City Bridge Foundation – Small Grants
Grants are available to small not-for-profit organisations in London for projects and activities that benefit the environment, disabled people, older people, LGBTQIA+ communities, and migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.
Amount: £1,000 to £20,000

UK funds

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2024
Deadline: 05/07/2024
The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest match funded campaign supporting a diverse array of charities working across all charitable sectors within the UK and overseas. The campaign offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to double their donations and make a significant and lasting difference for the causes close to their hearts.

Co-op Local Community Fund
Deadline: 07/07/2024
Grants are available for small, locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK or the Isle of Man. The 2024 themes are People and Planet.
Amount: at least £1,000

Islamic Relief UK Grants Programme
Deadline: 08/07/2024
Grants are available for charitable organisations across the United Kingdom to deliver projects and activities that support marginalised people, including women, young people, and refugees, and help build resilience to poverty.
Amount: £1,000 to £40,000

Seven Friends Foundation
Next deadline: 01/08/2024
Grants are available to support small registered charities and charitable causes that are unpopular or do not receive widespread attention within the UK, with particular focus on deprived areas. Example groups who have been fund also include LGBTQQ+, Asylum seekers and refugees, migrant communities, offenders and ex-offenders.
Amount: £300 to £3,000

The DPO Centre – Charity and Community Fund 
Next deadline: 01/08/2024
This fund aims to provide charities and not-for-profit organisations with access to data protection consultancy advice and services that ensure they run efficiently, remain compliant with the law,
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to put towards any of the consultancy services the DPO Centre provides.

Greene King IPA – Proud to Pitch In
Deadline: 01/11/2024
Grants are available for grassroots sports clubs to deliver activities within local communities across the UK. The fund aims to support and promote grassroots sport within local communities by supporting people and projects that run sports activities that positively impact the local community and would tangibly benefit from funding.
Project beneficiaries must be aged 18 or over.
Amount: up to £4,000

Edward Gostling Foundation – Capital Grants Programme
Grants are available for registered charities and CIOs for major capital projects that will cost at least £1 million and support the Foundation’s commitment to creating new and sustainable capacity that will transform lives and bring about a step change in the way care is delivered.
Amount: up to £250,000

Venturesome Impact Fund
Social investment is available for charities, social enterprises and community groups across the UK to sustain and grow their social impact. This extensive and flexible social investment fund is open to all cause areas across the UK and is designed to deliver social impact, investing for three to five years into organisations.
Amount: up to £1,000,000

England and regional funds

Morrisons Foundation
In celebration of Morrisons 125th Anniversary, the Foundation have created the £1 million ‘Community Spaces Fund’ which will provide grants of up to £8,000 each to 125 charities across England, Scotland and Wales so that they can enhance their community space facilities, with the aim of making a difference for many more years to come.

Charities may not directly apply to this fund. It is by invitation only.
From 17 June to 14 July 2024, Community Champions in all Morrison stores will identify charities that provide a community space that benefits their local area.

Irish Youth Foundation UK
Next deadline: 08/07/2024
Grants are available to organisations working with disadvantaged young people of Irish heritage and their families in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Irish Youth Foundation aims to provide aid to projects benefiting young people and children aged between 0-30 in England, Scotland and Wales and 0-25 in Northern Ireland.
Amount: up to £10,000

SUEZ Communities Trust Landfill Communities Fund – Primary Fund (England)
Next deadline: 14/08/2024
Grants are available to non-profit making organisations in qualifying areas of England for improvements to local community facilities, historic buildings and structures, sport and recreation facilities.
Amount: £3,000 to £50,000

VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme (under and over £10,000)
Deadline: 14/08/2024
Free independent energy assessments and/or capital grants are available for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations delivering frontline services in England to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. The scheme offers:

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations
Deadline: 28/08/2024
Unrestricted grants are available for registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, and community interest companies which are led by and working for Deaf and Disabled people in England and Wales or the Isle of Man.
Amount: up to £75,000 for three years (£25,000 per year)
The Foundation can also provide up to £500 of accessibility support to enable groups to apply for this programme, including BSL interpreters, language translation, scribes and dyslexia software.

Cash for Kids – Sports Challenge
Deadline: 02/09/2024
Awards available to grassroots junior community sports groups to engage children and young people who are disadvantaged or disabled to be more involved in physical activities. N.B this is not available in all areas but is in to many to list so visit the website to check out if you’d be eligible!)

Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for registered charities in England, Wales, the Isle of Man, and Republic of Ireland to support a range of good causes that will benefit those most in need. One of the objectives is Amateur sport: to improve physical and mental health with a focus on sport provision for people with disabilities.
Amount: Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees.

Sport England – Movement Fund (with crowdfunding)
Grants are available for formally constituted not-for-profit organisations in England who can raise their initial funding through a crowdfunding campaign for projects that improve physical activity for people and communities who need it most with particular interest in opportunities for groups facing barriers to activity.
Amount: up to a maximum of £15,000