External sources of funding that are available for sports clubs and organisations

Capital grants exceeding £50,000, and applicable to sports projects within West Suffolk.

Other sources of funding are available

Fund Maximum grant size Capital grant details Closing date
Sport England – Inspired Facilities To be confirmed Awaiting more information on Round 10 of the fund (Round 9 closed in January 2016).

Previous examples from West Suffolk are shown in the table beneath. For example in 2014 Sport England awarded £75,000 to the New Pitch Project at Culford School.
Sport England - Improvement Funding £500,000 (minimum of £150,000) Capital grants for sustainable projects with a clear local need, focused on helping more people acquire lifelong sporting habits.

The priority for Round 5 will be swimming projects that deliver an improved customer experience and increase participation. But other types of facility will also be considered.


Requires a minimum of 25% cash partnership funding towards total project costs. Applications are invited on a solicited-only basis for projects


Sport England – Strategic Facilities Fund £2 million (minimum of £500,000) Capital grants for key local authority projects that are identified through a strategic needs assessment and that have maximum impact on growing and sustaining community sport participation.

Key features which applications must demonstrate are:
  • A robust needs and evidence base
  • Strong partnerships which will last beyond the initial development of the project
  • Multi-sport provision and activity that demonstrates delivery against NGB local priorities
  • A robust project plan
Applications are invited on a solicited-only basis for projects. Full details in 2013-17 prospectus


Biffa Award – Main Grants Programme £75,000 (minimum of £10,000) Must be within 7 miles of a Biffa waste service operation.
  • Seek to innovatively expand the use of existing facilities to address a community need. For example a drop-in café, providing internet access or a museum education room for use by the community.
  • Projects that improve the quality of, or create parks, play areas, green spaces, sports facilities for teenagers and children in order to improve quality of life.
First closing date in October 2016
SITA Trust Landfill Communities Fund £50,000

The LCF Primary Fund Programme supports community improvement projects that make physical improvements to community facilities such as village halls, public parks and sports facilities.

Projects can be supported in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SITA UK.

25 July 2016 and 03 October 2016
Veolia Environmental Trust £75,000 Supporting community and environmental projects that are located within five miles of a qualifying Veolia site. Play and recreation is one of the categories, including play areas, skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms. 26/08/2016 and 25/11/2016
Viridor Credits – Large Grants Scheme £250,000 (minimum of £50,000) Projects must be within 10 miles of an active Viridor landfill site or an Energy Recovery Facility. Projects need to fit with the objective of ‘the protection of the environment; the provision, maintenance or improvement of public amenities and parks, which are open and accessible to the public’ – including sports fields and facilities. Quarterly deadlines
Viridor Credits – Main Grants Scheme £50,000 (minimum of £20,000) Similar as above. Quarterly deadlines
Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) – FCC Community Action £50,000 (minimum of £2,000)

Projects must provide, maintain or improve a public park or public amenity, and be based within 10 miles of an active WRG landfill site. Possible to apply for 100% of project cost, but not recommended. Eligible costs include:

  • provision of all-weather play surfaces for multi-use games areas
  • provision of skate parks
  • internal fittings of a new building or extension


Football Association – Pitch Improvement Programme Discretionary The Pitch Improvement Programme has been established to provide a range of support services to grassroots clubs, club volunteers and groundsmen. This includes on-site evaluations with practical advice and recommendations. It will also include a range of measures to help develop the skills and knowledge of the volunteers and groundsmen including seminars and workshops.
More information in the FAQs
Football Foundation – Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund £500,000 (minimum of £10,000)

The types of facilities that will receive funding include:

  • grass pitches drainage and improvements
  • pavilions, clubhouses and changing rooms
  • artificial turf pitches and multi-use games areas
  • fixed floodlights for artificial pitches

As a guide, projects would normally be expected to secure 50% match funding although each project will be assessed based on individual circumstances.

Priority for applications involving professional club community programmes will be given to projects that are located within areas of high deprivation.

Table Tennis England – Club Facility Funding (Sport England) £100,000 Dedicated multi table clubs/facilities - grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 are available. Only exceptional projects will receive the upper end of this funding range. Partnership funding is also required on a pound by pound basis. -
National Hockey Foundation £75,000 (minimum of £10,000)

The following are eligible for funding:

  • working with young people
  • refurbishment costs such as equipment purchase, and for a new construction
  • training/retraining, educational equipment, activity- based learning, sports equipment, transport and occasionally costs of project staff
  • part of the cost of a project (not usually for more than 50% of project cost)
All England Netball Association Youth Trust discretionary

Objectives include:

  • provision and maintenance of netball equipment and facilities for young people
  • provision of facilities for physical recreation in the interest of personal development of young people
Lawn Tennis Association – Facility Funding £300,000 Growing the Game:
  • Applications for an indoor tennis facility development - the applicant must match 50% of the funding and can apply for up to £300,000.
  • Applications for floodlights, outdoor tennis facilities or a clubhouse - the applicant must provide a minimum of 25% partnership funding and can apply for a maximum of £150,000.
  • Larger clubs should apply to the ‘Community Tennis Fund’

Other sources of funding

Fund Maximum grant size Other sources of funding details Deadline
Waitrose Community Matters £1000 split between three Customers and employees choose how to distribute £1000 to community projects. -
Sport England Small Grants £10,000 (minimum £300) Projects must:
  • involve a recognised sport
  • be non-profit
  • have a maximum length of 12 months
  • help Sport England achieve its strategic outcomes
Torch Trophy Trust Bursary £1,000 Funding is available to individuals or groups who wish to partake in sports coaching qualifications but are unable to do so without funding. Applicants must be volunteers. -
Cash 4 Clubs £1,000 Open criteria for all sports, so long as they are registered with the local authority and national body. Currently Closed
Sports Aid - National Governing Body can nominate 12-18 year olds who have a real prospect of becoming GB athletes for funding for transport, kit, nutrition and more. -
McDonald’s - McDonald’s support youth football, by helping clubs get accredited by the FA, and offering kit to clubs. -
GLL Sport Foundation - Provide funding to elite athletes for training and development, in order to improve their chances of competing internationally. -
Adam Millichip Foundation - Provide grants to assist disabled people with sports participation. -
The Dickie Bird Foundation - Provide grants to individuals under 18 from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to allow them to participate in sport through purchasing equipment, clothing, and travel tickets.  
Fonnereau Road Health foundation Fund £5,000 Grants towards equipment which will improve physical and mental health in Suffolk 23 September
Comic Relief Local Communities Programme pound;5,000 Grants to support community groups running projects that are working to advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing, and safety. -
Suffolk Sports Fund £2,000 Support charitable, voluntary, and community groups that aim to increase participation in sport in Suffolk. -