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Funding For Sports Projects

Sportsmatch
Awards are made to non-profit distributing sports organisations for grass roots
development projects involving commercial sponsorship income.
Grants are available from £500 up to £10,000 in a direct pound for pound match to the
available commercial sponsorship.
The annual grants budget is £250,000.
Applications can be made at any time for consideration at quarterly panel meetings
with the assessment process taking no more than four months.
Contact Address: sportscotland, Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh EH12
9DQ.
Contact Number: 0131 317 7200 Fax: 0131 317 7202
www.sportscotland.org.uk


Abbey National Charitable Trust Ltd.

Awards are made to small charities in disadvantaged areas for projects involving
education and training, local regeneration or financial management.
Grants are available from £250 up to £20,000 in the Glasgow Partnership Group area
and up to £2,500 elsewhere in Scotland.
The annual grant fund available to cover the whole of the UK is just over £1 million.
Applications by letter are processed within eight weeks.
Contact Address: PO Box 911, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 1AD
Contact Number: 0870 608 0104
www.abbeynational.com/home/comm_inv/comm_inv-trust.htm

Awards for All Lottery Grants
Awards are made to voluntary sports clubs and community organisations with
incomes of less than £20,000 per annum. Eligible projects must be developmental and
cost no more than £10,000.
Grants are available from £500 up to a maximum of £5,000.
The annual grant fund available for distribution is £1 million.
Applications are assessed at monthly panel meetings and processed within six weeks
of receipt.
The success rate for applications is approximately 66%.
Contact Address: 4th Floor, 1 Atlantic Quay, 1 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8JB.
Contact Number: 0845 600 2040 for an application pack, 0870 240 2931 for advice.
www.awardsforall.org.uk

Barclays Community Fund
Awards are made to community groups in support of projects related to education, the
environment, the arts, disability and social inclusion.
Grants are available from £1,000 up to £25,000 although a higher amount may be
considered in exceptional circumstances.
The annual UK grant fund is around £32 million.
There is no specific time taken to assess applications and a success rate is not
published
Contact Address: 2 Portland Road, Holland Park, London W11 4LA
www.barclays.co.uk/community

The BBC Children in Need Appeal
Awards are made to voluntary organisations for projects assisting disadvantaged
children and young people up to age 18.
Grants start at a few hundred pounds with the upper limit depending upon the merits
of the project.
The annual grants fund in Scotland is around £4 million.
Applications are accepted for March and November deadlines and assessment takes
four months.
The success rate for applications is over 50%.
Contact Address: BBC Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8JF
Contact Number: 0131 248 4225.
Email: pudsey@bbc.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/cin/


Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Awards are made to voluntary and statutory organisations for projects involving social,
economic and educational development in coalfield communities.
Grants for £500 up to £10,000 are available through a small grants programme with
£10,001 up to £100,000 obtainable from a main grants scheme.
The awards budget in Scotland is £3.1 million over three years, which is expected to
fund around 260 projects.
Application turnaround times are 23 weeks for main and 12 for small grants.
The success rate for applications across the whole of the UK is 37%.
Contact Address: The e-Centre, Cooperage Way Business Centre, Cooperage Way,
Alloa, FK10 3LP or 12 The Square, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA18 1BG.
Contact Number: 01259 272 127 or 01290 423 389.
www.coalfields-regen.org.uk

Comic Relief
Awards are made to voluntary organisations for projects that address issues of
poverty or social injustice.
Small grants of up to £5,000 and large ones over £5,000 (with no upper limit) are
awarded across six different programmes.
The annual grants budget for UK programmes is approximately £15 million.
Applications for small grants are accepted at any time but those for large grants must
meet four-monthly deadlines. Large grants take five months to process
Contact Address: UK Grants Team, 5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1
7TP
Contact Number: 0207 820 5555
www.comicrelief.com

Commander Collins Bursary
Awards are made to individuals and sports clubs to help fund coach development
training.
Grants are offered in the range from £200 to £1000.
Contact Address: 14 Mardley Dell, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0UR
Volunteer development

Communities Scotland
Awards are made to social economy organisations for projects that help them to
become more financially stable and deliver new or improved public services.
Grants are provided from £50,000 to £500,000 through the Futurebuilders Scotland
Investment Fund or up to £50,000 from the Seedcorn Fund.
The Investment Fund grants budget to March 2007 is £12 million while that for the
Seedcorn Fund is £4 million.
Applications must be submitted by one published annual deadline date and
assessment will take 40 days at Stage 1 and 30 days at Stage 2 level for the
investment fund and two months for the Seedcorn Fund.
Contact Address: Social Economy Unit, Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace,
Edinburgh, EH12 5HE
Contact Number: 0131 479 5379
Email: fbs@communitiesscotland.gsi.gov.uk
www.communitiesscotland.gov.uk

The Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust
Awards are made to voluntary organisations for projects that contribute to community
development.
Grants are made in the range from £300 up to £600,000 across four different
programme areas (Art & Heritage, Education, Environment and Social Change).
The annual UK grant fund is in the order of £28 million.
The application success rate is around the 50% mark.
Applications can be made at any time and decisions on awards are made at quarterly
Trustees meetings.
Applications for grants of less than £20,000 are normally assessed within two months
while the process for larger awards takes five months.
Contact Address: 11 Park Place, London, SW1A 1LP
Contact Number: 020 7297 4700
www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

Forward Scotland – Small Grants Scheme
Awards are made to constituted groups for preparatory work connected with an
environmental project involving community development.
Grants offered range up to a maximum of £1,000 or 75% of the project cost.
Contact Address: 6th floor, Portcullis House, 21 India Street, Glasgow, G2 4PH
Contact Number: 0141 222 5600
www.forward-scotland.org.uk

Forward Scotland – Community Environmental Renewal Scheme (CERS)
Awards are made to community groups in areas affected by aggregates extraction for
projects involving social or economic development.
Grants are made across five project themes with no minimum level and a nominal
maximum of £50,000.
The grants fund in the three years 2004 to 2007 is £4.1 million.
Applications must be submitted by 23 November 2005 or 26 April 2006 and will be
assessed within eight weeks.
Contact Address: c/o Forward Scotland, 6th floor, Portcullis House, 21 India Street,
Glasgow G2 4PH
Contact Number: 0141 222 5650
www.forward-scotland.org.uk

Forward Scotland – Landfill Tax Credits Scheme
Tax credit donations are made to non-profit organisations located within ten miles of a
landfill site for six different types of environmental improvement projects, including the
provision and maintenance of public parks and amenities.
There is no upper or lower limit for donations, which can make up 90% of a project’s
cost.
Applications are usually required by published quarterly deadlines although some
Landfill Operators can be approached at any time. Forward Scotland deals with
applications for South Lanarkshire and East Lothian while elsewhere, Landfill
Operators should be approached directly (list from Entrust, which requires a £100
registration fee).
The application assessment process is likely to take around six weeks.
Contact Address: Forward Scotland, 6th floor, Portcullis House, 21 India Street,
Glasgow, G2 4PH or Entrust, 6th Floor, Acre House, 2 Town Square, Sale, Cheshire,
M33 7WZ
Contact Number: 0141 222 5651/5630 or 0161 972 0074
www.forward-scotland.org.uk
www.entrust.org.uk

Foundation for Sport and the Arts
Awards are made to local groups for projects that bring benefits to their communities,
especially in terms of active participation by young people.
Grants of up to £40,000 are available.
The annual UK grants budget is around the £60 million mark, mostly directed to sport
rather than the arts.
The typical success rate for applications is 33%.
Applications can be made at any time and there is no fixed timescale for assessment.
Contact Address: PO Box 20, Liverpool, L13 1HB
Contact Number: 0151 259 5505.
www.thefsa.net/aboutus.htm

The Hugh Fraser Foundation
Awards are made to non-profit organisations for projects involving the disadvantaged
and disabled.
Grants ranging from £1,000 up to £100,000 (average £4,000) are made for a broad
range of uses across Scotland.
The annual grants budget is around £1.2 million.
The average success rate for applications is approximately 40%.
Trustees consider applications on a quarterly basis and the assessment process may
take up to three months.
Contact Address: c/o Turcan Connell, Princess Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street,
Edinburgh, EH3 9EE.
Contact Number: 0131 228 8111

The Gannochy Trust
Awards are made to registered charities for a wide range of projects but primarily
those involving youth and recreation.
Upper and lower limits are not published but grants are available for up to £200,000 in
exceptional circumstances.
The annual grants budget is in the order of £4.25 million.
Applications can be submitted at any time for consideration at monthly Trustees
meetings with the assessment process taking around six weeks.
Contact Address: Kincarrathie House Drive, Pitcullen Crescent, Perth, PH2 7HX
Contact Number: 01738 620653.
Sport, youth, volunteers, equality

J. Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust
Awards are made to voluntary groups operating in deprived areas for projects that
attempt to alleviate poverty.
Grants are awarded in the range from £5 to £15,000.
The average annual UK grants budget is £1.3 million.
Applications can be submitted at any time for consideration at quarterly Trustees
meetings with the assessment process lasting a minimum of three months.
The success rate for applications is around 11%.
Contact Address: 1 Park Square West, London, NW1 4LJ
Contact Number: 0207 486 1859
www.jpgettytrust.org.uk

Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) Foundation
Awards are made to voluntary groups for projects that help to develop or improve their
communities.
There is no upper or lower grant limit but the average award made is around £3,400.
The annual Community Investment grant budget is just over £1 million.
Applications can be made at any time for consideration at quarterly Trustees meetings
while the assessment process normally takes around four months.
Contact Address: The Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 1YZ
Contact Number: 0845 673 2005

The Peter Harrison Foundation
Awards are made to registered charities for projects involving sporting activities that
provide development opportunities for disabled or disadvantaged people.
Grants are offered from £500 with no published upper limit.
The UK grants budget is approximately £600,000 per annum.
Applications can be made at any time for consideration at quarterly Trustees meeting
and the assessment process normally takes six months.
Contact Address: Foundation House, 42-48 London Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9QQ
Contact Number: 01737 228000.
www.peterharrisonfoundation.org

Laing’s Charitable Trust
Awards are made to voluntary groups for projects in the fields of homelessness,
disadvantaged youth, education and the environment.
Grants are made up to a maximum of £1,000.
The annual grants budget for the whole of the UK is around £1.5 million.
The success rate of applications is approximately 20%.
Applications can be made at any time and the assessment process may take several
months.
Contact Address: The Waterfront, Elstree Road, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BS.
Contact Number: 020 8236 8821

Laing’s Family Foundations
Awards are made to voluntary groups for projects covering a broad range of fields.
Grants are made up to a maximum of £1,000.
The annual UK grants budget is around £500,000.
The application success rate is approximately 20%.
Applications can be made at any time and the assessment process may take several
months.
Contact Address: 33 Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, London, NW7 2DX.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland
Awards are made to charitable organisations for projects that are intended to improve
the lives of people in disadvantaged and marginalised groups.
Standard grants are offered in the range £500 up to £10,000 (average £4,599) for
projects involving Social and Community Needs, Education and training or Scientific,
Medical and Social Research.
The annual grant fund is around £1.4 million.
The application success rate is 47%.
Applications should be submitted according to published bi-monthly deadlines and the
assessment process normally takes around three months.
Note: the Foundation runs other programmes including Capacity Grants.
Contact Address: Riverside House, 502 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3AF.
Contact Number: 0870 902 1201
www.ltsbfoundationforscotland.org.uk

Local Authorities
Small grants are usually available from local authority leisure, recreation or sport
departments. Local authorities may also provide details of grant giving trusts and
foundations that are active in their areas. Contact details can be found in the local
telephone directory. Alternatively, please visit the sportscotland website home page,
click on GET ACTIVE then LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
www.sportscotland.org.uk

Local Sports Councils
Small grants may be available for a variety of projects, as well as information on other
local or national sources of funding. Contact details can be found in the local
telephone directory. Alternatively, please visit the sportscotland website home page,
click on GET ACTIVE then LOCAL SPORTS COUNCILS.
www.sportscotland.org.uk

The Lord’s Taverners
Awards are made to voluntary organisations for projects that encourage young people
under 25 with physical or mental disabilities to participate in sporting and recreational
activities within a group environment.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available.
The annual budget for grants in Scotland is around £90,000.
Applications can be submitted at any time for consideration by a quarterly Trustees
meeting and the assessment process may take up to three months.
Contact Address: 10 Buckingham Place, London, SW1E 6HX
Contact Number: 020 7821 2829
www.lordstaverners.org

MacRobert Trust
Awards are made to charitable organisations for projects involving one of seven areas
of major interest (includes youth, education and community welfare).
There is no upper or lower limit for grants although most are made in the range from
£5000 to £10,000.
The annual grant fund for the UK is £2.2 million
Applications should be made in time for deadlines in June and October with the
assessment process taking four months.
Cromar, Tarland, Aberdeenshire AB34 4UD
www.themacroberttrust.org.uk

The Rank Foundation
Awards are made to charitable organisations for projects involving disadvantaged
young people, the elderly and the disabled.
Although there is no published grants limit, most are for under £5,000.
The annual UK grants budget is in the order of £7.8 million.
The success rate for applications is around 25%.
Applications can be submitted at any time for consideration at quarterly directors’
meetings with the assessment process taking up to four months.
Contact Address: PO Box 2862, Whitnash, Leamington Spa, CV31 2YH
Contact Number: 01926 744550
www.rankfoundation.com

The Robertson Trust
Awards are made to charitable organisations for a wide range of projects involving
education or the relief of poverty, including community sports initiatives.
Grants up to £5,000 are made through the Trust’s small grants scheme with no upper
limit to awards under its major grants programme.
The annual grants budget is around £6 million.
The success rate of applications is approximately 33%.
Applications can be submitted at any time for consideration at bi-monthly Trustees
meetings and the assessment process normally takes up to three months.
Contact Address: 85 Berkley Street, Glasgow, G3 7DX
Contact Number: 0141 221 3151
www.therobertsontrust.org.uk

The Scottish Community Foundation
Awards are made to small constituted groups for projects involving social welfare or
community development themes and categorised under three different headings:
community; women’s fund; and sport relief.
Small grants of up to £1,000 and main grants of up to £5,000 are available.
The annual grants budget is in the order of £600,000.
Applications can be submitted at any time for assessment by a monthly grants panel.
The assessment process takes around six weeks for small grants and three months
for main grants.
Contact Address: Suite 3.4, Turnberry House, 175 West George Street, Glasgow, G2
2LB.
Contact Number: 0141 225 6670
www.scottishcommunityfoundation.com/grants

The Scottish Community Foundation – Fair Share Programme
Awards are made to community groups for projects that meet the priorities of the 13
designated fair share neighbourhood areas based in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, South
Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Dundee.
Grants are available from £5,000 up to £250,000.
The grants budget for the period to 31 March 2008 is £5.45 million.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Contact Address: Suite 3.4, Turnberry House, 175 West George Street, Glasgow, G2
2LB.
Contact Number: 0141 225 6670
www.scottishcommunityfoundation.com/grants

Henry Smith Charity
Awards are made to community organisations for projects involving disadvantaged
children or the provision of rehabilitation or training services for the disabled.
Grants are available in the range from £500 to £10,000.
The annual UK grants budget covering all grants programmes is around £20 million.
Applications can be submitted at any time for decisions at fortnightly Small Grants
Committee meetings and the assessment process should take four weeks.
Contact Address: 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford’s Inn, London, EC4A 1BU.
Contact Number: 0207 320 6884
www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk

Social Investment Scotland
Loans are offered to social enterprises for projects that benefit the disadvantaged or
vulnerable.
Loans can be given in the range from £10,000 up to £500,000 with repayments
covering periods from one to ten years.
The value of the loan fund is £6 million.
Contact Address: 2nd Floor, 1-2 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2DB
Contact Number: 0131 558 7706
www.socialinvestmentscotland.com

Other Trusts and Foundations
A range of general trusts or foundations may consider a sport-related application if
their criteria for financial aid are met (e.g. the Prince’s Trust may fund sports projects
which meet its aim of bringing benefits to young people). The standard reference book
listing these organisations and their objectives/finances/grants/beneficiaries is the
Directory of Grant-Making Trusts 2005/2006 (Charities Aid Foundation, ISBN 1-
903991 58 7). This is produced by the Directory of Social Change, together with a
range of other funding guides, at a cost of £99.88. Alternatively, this guide can be
accessed via any large public library.
The Directory of Social Change can be contacted at 24 Stephenson Way, London
NW1 2DP or by telephone on 020 7391 4800 (website www.dsc.org.uk ).
Other websites to look at:
www.trustfunding.org.uk
www.fundinginformation.org.uk
www.funderfinder.org.uk
www.volcomgrants.gov.uk
www.rcu.gov.uk
www.ccpr.org

Commercial Sponsorship
A number of guides are available - often in public libraries - identifying private
companies that may provide funding for sports and other organisations via
sponsorship. The Directory of Social Change produces The Guide to UK Company
Giving, which lists 500 companies that give a combined total of £290 million in cash to
voluntary and community organisations.

Another important guide is the Hollis Sponsorship and Donations Yearbook, which
profiles more than 1,000 of the UK’s top spending sponsoring companies and is found
in most libraries (see website www.hollis-pr.com/publications/spons).
Some companies may be more willing to offer in kind, rather than cash, assistance
(i.e. clothing, equipment, etc.). Sporting GB UK’s Guide to the Trade is an annual
publication that lists these companies. Call 01732 377183 for more information.


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