'Help for sports clubs & volunteers in Wales'

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Aberystwyth Town Council grants

Aberystwyth Town Council grants are made for the benefit of people and projects local to Aberystwyth. The maximum figure payable for grants will be £5000.


The Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.

Open to everyone - Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) and the general public - we want you to enter a project for your community and tell us what a difference these much-needed funds could make.

Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.


Barrie Wells Trust

It’s a charitable organisation, founded and entirely funded by Chairman and sports philanthropist Barrie Wells. They run two schemes Box 4 Kids and Athletes 4 Schools 


BBC Children in Need

Grants are awarded each year to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.


The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation is an independent grant-making charity. The foundation give funds to charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales within a set of carefully considered guidelines. 


Big Lottery - Rural Programme (Wales)

The Rural Programme (Round two) is for projects that will make a positive impact on the lives of people and communities living in poverty in rural Wales. This programme will fund partnerships that understand the connection between the causes and effects of poverty, and propose solutions and services which use a joined-up approach to tackle the problem at its core.


Boost Charitable Trust

Boost Charitable Trust was created in 2005 to Build On Over-Looked Sporting Talent, to champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport.


Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

The Trust will consider grant applications relating to the provision of leisure activities for people with physical disabilities.


Canoe Foundation

The Canoe Foundation, the British Canoeing Union’s charity arm, is working to change people’s lives through the sport of canoeing. 


CEMEX Foundation

The CEMEX Foundation is a dedicated grant resource for enabling and assisting communities local to CEMEX quarry and landfill sites to carry out projects which improve local community facilities and places of interest.  The applicant should be within three miles of a Cemex site. Grants range from £1,000 to £15,000.


Chapman Charitable Trust

North Wales only.
Grants are available for registered charities, both national and local, that promote physical and mental wellbeing, conserve the natural environment and increase the accessibility of the arts through activities located in North Wales, London or South East England.


Coalfields Regeneration Trust

This programme is for community and voluntary organisations that can strongly demonstrate a grant will impact positively on people living in the coalfield communities of Wales.


Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales

Comic Relief and Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) recognise the great work that community led organisations do across Wales and want to help organisations to build their own capacity in a sustainable and impactful way.

Two types of grants will be available:

  • Small grants £1,000 – £10,000
  • Large grants (for organisational growth) £30,000 – £60,000


Community Chest

Fancy £1500 towards your community sport project?

Community Chest offers grant awards up to £1,500 in any 12 months towards:

  • Increasing participation
  • Improving standards

Who can apply?

Any group that holds an account (be it a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union account), in their organisation's name. You'll probably be one of the following:

  • Sports Club or Association
  • Youth Club
  • Community Group

Community Foundation in Wales

The Community Foundation in Wales is a unique charity which promotes and manages philanthropy. Our role is to strengthen communities in Wales by awarding grants to projects that make a sustainable impact on local needs, and to help our clients make the most of their charitable giving.


Development Grants

Are you looking to establish a new team, develop new training facilities or purchase much needed equipment to take your project to the next level? If so, a grant of £1,501 to £25,000 is available to cover all of the above projects as well as:

  • Coach education
  • Floodlighting for training purposes
  • Purchase of land, or rights in land, to develop activity areas
  • Start-up grants to support new enterprises

Who can apply?

This grant is available to any group as long as they hold an account (be it a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union account) in the organisation's name.


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People - Central Grants

Grants are available to UK registered charities that are working with young people (up to 25 years) for projects that make a real difference to those most in need and which focus on children and young people with disabilities, who are sick in hospital or who are life limited.

Dulux Let’s Colour

Those clubhouse walls looking a little drab? Don’t fret, you might be able to get some free paint – time to dig out the colour charts!

Football Foundation

The Football Foundation are the largest funder of grassroots football in the UK. They work with the FA, funded by the Premier League, in unison with the Government. They run several schemes aimed at encouraging football and improving safety.


Ford Britain Trust

Small grants of up to £250 and large grants for amounts over £250 and up to a maximum of £3,000 are available.

Applications for small grants will run from 1st August 2019 to 30th September 2019, with large grants from 15th July 2019 to 30th August 2019 (for review in October 2019) for projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that provide clear benefits to the local communities close to Ford UK locations.

Foyle Foundation

Our Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.  Please note we are not able to support individuals.


Fund for Wales

Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available for small, volunteer-driven community groups whose projects aim to deliver one of the five following outcomes: Improving people's chances in life; building stronger communities; improving rural and urban environments; encouraging healthier and more active people and communities; preserving heritage and culture.

Funding Wales 

Funding Wales is a funding search platform created by Third Sector Support Wales. You can search hundreds of grant and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international sources which may be able to support your club. 


Garfield Weston Foundation

One-off grants are available to charitable organisations in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health and museums and heritage.


Greggs Foundation - Local Community Projects Fund

Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need. Grants are available for projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. This does not cover fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 will be unsuccessful.


Gwirvol Youth Volunteering Grants

If you have young volunteers, it is worth exploring the grants on offer at GwirVol. It aims to support a stepchange in access to volunteering for young people aged 14-25 and especially for disadvantaged young people.


Hilden Charitable Fund

Grants for UK charities working in the areas of homelessness, penal affairs, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25), and projects in developing countries working on community development, education, and health (with particular interest in projects that address the needs and potential of girls and women).


Klubb Online

Klubb is an online store which allows clubs to access a huge catalogue of products and accessories. It's an easy way to help raise funds for your club, as up to 25% of every purchase is paid directly to the club. 


Landfill Communities Fund

An innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators of landfill sites to contribute money to organisations. 


Lloyds Bank Foundation - Enable Grants

The Enable grants programme is offering charities up to £15,000, across one or two years, in funding to help them develop or trial new approaches to service delivery. You must be a charity or CIO registered with the Charity Commission.

The Lord’s Taverners

The UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

While their sporting roots are within cricket, they also enjoy relationships with a wide range of other sports including rugby, tennis, squash, basketball and boccia. 


Magic Little Grants 2019

This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.


Masonic Charitable Foundation - Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme

Grants for charities in England and Wales that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up the age of 25 years) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.

Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust

The Trust is keen to support volunteer-based projects, particularly from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. It also funds equipment and coaching costs if the need is clearly identified by the applicant. The Trust is particularly interested in supporting projects that improve the quality of life of people and communities facing disadvantage. 


Movement for Good Awards

The awards are giving away £1m to charities. The £1,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland - these could range from smaller volunteer-run groups to larger, well-known organisations.

The £50,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland with an income of less than £5m, which support a cause that we know our communities care about.
Application deadline: 17/05/2019 (£1k awards) and 26/07/2019 (£50k awards)

One Stop Carriers for Causes

Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. Grants, of up to £2000 will be available to support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places’.


Pant-Y-Wal Windfarm Community Fund

The Pan-Y-Wal Wind Farm Community Fund has an allocation of £100,000 per year for grants to voluntary and community projects based in Ogmore Valley. Applicants can apply for a minimum of £200.


Patagonia Environmental Grants Programme

Up to $12,000 (USD) of funding is available for groups working on projects to protect both the environment and affected communities.

Managed by Patagonia, the clothing and outdoor gear company, details on the types of project supported and further application guidelines are available on their website.


People & Places - Medium Grants

People and Places: Medium grants offers funding from £10,001 to £100,000 for projects where people and communities are working together and using their strengths to make positive impacts on the things that matter to them the most.


People’s Postcode Trust

This is a new funding stream for Wales, with grants of up to £5k currently available. The programme covers numerous areas, one of which is public sports. 


Percy Bilton Charity - Grants for Organisations

Funding is available to UK registered charities with primary objectives to assist one or more of the following groups: disadvantaged/ underprivileged young people (persons under 25); people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems); older people (aged over 60).

Persimmon Homes

Up to £750,000 is being given away over the next 12 months to fund local community initiatives. The charity match programme will give up to £1000 to local groups and charities which have already raised vital funds themselves. There is an easy online application and you can apply anytime. 


The Playing Fields Legacy Fund

The Playing Fields Legacy Fund provides grants to voluntary organisations that run or manage playing fields. Applicants will be expected to secure a major percentage of the total eligible project costs from other sources, and we strongly urge applicants to involve local businesses and other funding partners.


Postcode Local Trust  

The Postcode Local Trust provides funding for projects in Great Britain relating to green space improvements, increasing community access to outdoor space, and renewable energy & flood prevention.

There are two funding rounds a year during which eligible organisations can apply.


The Rowing Foundation

This isn’t just for rowing clubs! Funding is available for sports, but particularly water sports. The Foundations aims to support young people and people with disabilities. It is anxious to help organisations whose needs may be too small, or who may be otherwise ineligible for an approach to the National Lottery or other similar sources of funds. 

Sport Relief

The Awards programme aims to give young people aged between 11-21 the opportunity to unite people and communities who are experiencing conflict or who are divided by background or culture; using the enabling power of sport. If you have an innovative, sports-related idea for tackling social problems in your community, this is for you! 

Sported Grant Programmes

You need to be a member of sported to apply. There are small and large grants schemes available.


Steve Morgan Foundation

The Steve Morgan foundation supports projects that help children and families, people with physical or learning disabilities, the elderly, or those that are socially disadvantaged in North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire.


The Sports Foundation for the Disabled

The Sports Foundation for the Disabled provide grants of up to £1,000 to support disabled individuals and groups from South West England and Wales to access sporting opportunities. They can provide funding for sporting and enabling equipment, for disability sports specific training courses and to cover specific costs to enable individuals and groups to achieve a sporting challenge.


Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Fund

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme  where the money raised from the 5p bag charge is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.  Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.


The SUBWAY®/Healthy Heart Grants

Grants are offered as part of a partnership between Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® stores. The money for the grants is raised by SUBWAY® staff and customers through in-store fundraising and collection boxes. Up to £10,000 is available for new and innovative projects that promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Grants are available to charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK for small, local projects working to address community issues in areas of extreme Urban Deprivation or remote, socio-economically deprived Rural Areas.


Track 2000 Grant Legacy Fund

Between £5,000 - £35,000 is available to organisations in South Wales with annual incomes of £50,000 or less. The funding supports three key areas:

  • Environmental improvements
  • Training/Education
  • Strengthening Disadvantaged Communities

Further guidance and application information can be found online.


The Triangle Trust's Development Grant

Our Development Grant scheme enables organisations supporting carers or the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders to undertake a progressive development to improve future resilience. This might be a short piece of work requiring investment over a few months or a more significant programme of work requiring dedicated support for up to 3 years.


Warburtons Trust - Community

Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales.

Welsh Church Act Fund

This is a charitable trust and grants are made each year on a one off basis. A central pot of money is held by each local authority’s director of Finance. Projects can be funded up to 50% of the total project cost, but local funding amounts can vary between different local authorities, but can be up to £10,000. The range of projects supported can also vary greatly. There’s no central information, but details can be found online.

Welsh Grounds Improvement

A grants programme run as a joint venture by the Welsh Football Trust and Football Association of Wales. Funding is available for pitch-side improvements such as a new stand, pitch drainage, dug-outs and spectator seating. Open to clubs playing in the Welsh Premier League, Cymru Alliance League, Welsh League (Div 1 & 2), Spar Mid Wales League, Welsh Alliance League and Welsh National League (Wrexham) 


Welsh Rugby Union - Facilities Grants

Grants are available to Welsh rugby clubs to assist with the costs of facilities projects.


WH Smith Trust

The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity (registered charity no: 1013782) that aims to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates, and also to promote literacy and a love of reading. Each year the Trust supports employees by matching their fundraising and volunteering for charities and schools. The Trust also makes donations to hundreds of schools across the UK and funds large scale literacy projects through its long-standing partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

With the introduction of the new WHSmith Community Grants, the WHSmith Trust is now offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies across the UK. Grants are awarded every six months to charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.



WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, biodiversity and  heritage projects. The FCC Community Action Fund. There is strict criteria around the project’s proximity to a landfill site but if you are eligible, projects include the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other amenity such as a skate park, multi-use games area, cycleway, recreation ground, playground or multi-purpose sports club


Further Information

The WCVA has a handy funder finder and is a good place to look for grant schemes 

It’s also worth asking:

  • Community Councils
  • National Governing Bodies
  • Professional Clubs