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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.

There are six project categories to choose from in which to submit your entry:

  • Health, disability and well-being
  • Supporting the younger generation
  • Supporting the older generation
  • Sport in the community
  • Environment
  • Community support


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 


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.


Canoe Foundation

The Canoe Foundation, the British Canoeing Union’s charity arm, is working to change people’s lives through the sport of canoeing. More details and an application form contact them online or telephone 0300 011 9502


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.


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 – Sport for Change

Comic Relief’s Sport for Change strategy will run across our UK and International funding, while focusing on our four programme areas. This will include using sport as a tool to increase community cohesion, to address issues affecting women and girls and to deliver health messaging.

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 Facilities and Activities Programme

This capital grant fund aims to develop and improve facilities for communities in order to tackle poverty and its effects 

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.

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 

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.


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.


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. 

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. 

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. 

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’.


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. 

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. 

Peter Harrison Foundation ‘Opportunities through sports programme’

Funding is available to registered charities support sporting activities or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. 

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.


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. Contact Mrs M. P. Churcher via email or on 0208 878 3723.

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 or contact Richard Thomas, the Wales Manager, or 07775 602164.

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.

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) 


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