Funding Round-up – Physical Activity and Sport, September/October 2021

Here is another collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on physical activity and sport themes aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
Grants are available for up to £1,500 to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs and tennis equipment. They also have grants for coaching.
Started in 1997, The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust is a tennis charity that raises funds for people with disabilities.
Named after the late Dan “the voice of Wimbledon” Maskell, the Trust grant can aid individuals, disability groups and programmes, clubs, schools and associations to help with the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.
The deadline for this season is 12th October 2016.
For more information, and how to apply, visit the Dan Maskell website.

Made By Sport - #ClubsInCrisis Fund
Grants of up to £2,021 are available to support grassroots sports clubs and organisations in the UK working in the sport-for-development sector that have been adversely affected by the corona-virus pandemic.
The organisers Made by Sport say funding is unrestricted and can be used for core, programme or capital costs, and advise applicants must be using sport to work towards one of more of the following outcomes:
  • Developing life skills
  • Improving mental health
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Developing employability skills
  • Building stronger communities
The funder also advises that applications are made via the applicant’s local community foundation (found using the postcode finder link is available on the Made by Sport website).
At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which suggests enquiries to apply for funding could be made at any time.
More information can be found at the Group’s website.

Peter Harrison Foundation - Opportunities through Sport Programme
This programme supports UK registered charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs that offer sporting activity or similar projects where they provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills.
Trustees of The Peter Harrison Foundation welcome applications for projects that:
  • Provide a focus for skills development and confidence building through the medium of sport
  • Have a strong training and/or educational theme within the sporting activity
  • Provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people
  • Have a high degree of community involvement
  • Help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction
The Foundation advises that grants will often be “one off” for capital projects, however revenue funding is also considered for a new project or if funding would make sure of the continuing success or survival of an established project.
This scheme is a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.
More information and how to apply is available at the Foundation’s website.

Return to Play from Sport England
In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sport England has opened their £16.5 million Return to Play fund.
There are three parts to this new fund, all of them now focus on a safe return to play, and making sport and physical activity available to everybody.
  • Small Grants – Grants up to £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment.
  • Community Asset Fund – Grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely
  • Active Together – A total of £1.5 million for a crowdfunding initiative to help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis.
At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the funding could be made at any time, or until funding is exhausted.
For more information, visit the Sport England website.

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