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The Adam Millichip Foundation

The Adam Millichip Foundation provides financial support to disabled people who wish to participate in sport, with the aim of improving the quality of their lives.

Applications are accepted from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To apply: complete the on line application form. Please note that this is an initial application and further details will be requested.


The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust supports individuals, disability groups, clubs and special schools through the purchase specialist wheelchairs and tennis equipment.

It will part fund the Matchpoint Quickie Aluminium tennis specific wheelchair and the Invacare Top End All Sport Wheelchair for individuals.

The trust may also fund tennis rackets, coaching lessons and development/coaching courses.

Disability groups and clubs may apply for more general tennis wheelchairs.  A £250 deposit is required towards each chair.

They can also apply for kit bags including tennis rackets, balls, mini nets and coaching aids.

The maximum grant per application is £1,500 for a group, club or project and £500 for an individual.

Closing date for applications:

30th August 2016

8th November 2016


The Dickie Bird Foundation

The Dickie Bird Foundation provides financial assistance to help disadvantaged children and young people under 18 years participate in their chosen sport.

Grants are available to help towards the cost of sports clothing and equipment. The Foundation is also making a contribution towards travel expenses to and from training within the UK.

To apply: download and complete the application form from the website. Financial information and referees are required.


Dream It Believe It Achieve It (DBA)

DBA supports the athletic endeavours of the disabled by providing financial help towards training, competition and specialist equipment.

It is open to anyone with a physical disability regardless  of ability - from paralympians to complete beginners as DBA believes that participation in sport at any level will increase self esteem, independence, and quality of life.

To find out more contact DBA either by

email: info@dreamitbelieveitachieveit.org or telephone: 0844 414 8288


Enable Sport

Caudwell Children have started a new programme "Enable Sport" to provide sport equipment to disabled children and young people under 19 years. The funding is limited and is a one off programme.

Applications will only be accepted where the parental gross income is less than £45,000 (not including benefits) pa. Financial information will be required on the application form.

Evidence of sporting involvement will be required from a sports coach,club or teacher as well as proof/confirmation of disability from an appropriate professional.

To apply download application form.


Get Kids Going!

Get Kids Going! is a National charity which provides disabled children and young people up to 26 years with the funding for specialist sports wheelchairs to enable them to participate in disability sports.

It is open to all young people from beginners to paralympic level.

The charity also gives sport grants to help with the cost of training, physiotherapy, travel and competition fees.

To apply e-mail info@getkidsgoing.com for an application form.


GLL Sport Foundation

The GLL Sport Foundation provides financial and training grants to talented young athletes to enable them to reach their full sporting potential and to provide positive role models to other young people in their local communities.

To qualify for a grant the young person must live or train in an area of London and south-east England where GLL currently operates sports facilities.

It awards financial grants of between £250 to £1,500 depending on the funding category of the young person and athlete training membership providing free access to sporting facilities managed by GLL. The Foundation funds all Olympic and Paralympic sports but may consider other other sports recognised by UK Sport.


Kids in Sport

The Kids in Sport charity was set up by the parents of Julian Budd in his memory to enable young people aged 5 to 16 years participate in sport.

It is able to help able and disabled young people with financial assistance to pay for sporting equipment, coaching, facilities and the cost of transportation to events.

Grants are provided to individuals, groups and schools.


The Richard Overall Trust

The Richard Overall Trust was created in memory of Richard who had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to help other disabled children and young people enjoy and participate in sport.

It provides funding for specialist sports equipment, training, sports clothes, transport and tickets to sporting events.

To apply: download an application form and return with supporting evidence from a suitable professional such as Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist  GP or teacher.

Applications may be made by UK individuals, groups, families and carers.


Sport Aid

Sport Aid provides financial support to young talented athletes performing at National level in nearly 50 able-bodied and 25 disability sports.

It is open to young people aged between 12 to 18 years and up to 35 years for disability sports. The Sport Aid Award worth about £1,000 helps towards the cost of travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and sports equipment.

Nominations for the awards are made through the National Governing Body for your sport. They will be able to discuss the award in more detail and provide an application form.


SportsAid Scotland

SportsAid Scotland provides financial assistance to talented sporting young people (aged 12-22 years) and disabled athletes of any age.

Applicants must be competing at national level in their age group and have the potential to represent Scotland at senior level. 

The funding is provided to pay for travel and training costs.

To apply you will need to contact your National governing Body for your sport as you will require their nomination.  

Application forms are available in October of each year with a deadline of the end of November.


Sports Foundation for the Disabled

The Sports Foundation for the Disabled was established in 1990 following a major fundraising effort by its founder Bill Levick. He raised an enormous amount of money by completing a wheelchair push around the coast of Great Britain.

It supports physically disabled young people or adults residing in South West England or Wales.

The Foundation offers funding up to £1,000 (no partnership funding required) to contribute towards sporting activities, sporting equipment, or costs towards achieving a physical challenge.

To apply: complete the online application form.  Individuals may apply direct.

Although the charity do not require a recommendation from a professional the assessment process will involve a background check to ensure the application is legitimate

Organisations and groups may also apply for funding if they are engaged or propose to provide sporting activities for people with physical disabilities.


U Support

U Support helps children and young people with life limiting conditions, disability or other disadvantage to attend football matches and cultural events.

Although mainly based around Southampton Football Club it is able to provide access to football matches and other sporting/cultural events in London and other areas of the UK.

The organisation has also established links to support the Esperado Children's AIDS orphanage in South Africa.

To apply: use the online contact form or email info@usupport.org.uk


Wheel Appeal

Wheel Appeal launched by WheelPower, the national organisation for Wheelchair Sport provides new sports wheelchairs, training and coaching to enable disabled children and adults to take part in sport.

It will only fund manual sport wheelchairs, handcycles and ice hockey sledges up to a maximum grant of £1,500. Applicants may be asked to contribute £250 towards their equipment.

The organisation gives priority to the following groups:

  • Individuals wounded in the service of the UK
  • Adults over 18 years who became disabled within the last two years
  • Adults over 18 years who have never owned a sports wheelchair
  • Disabled children who have never owned a sport wheelchair

To access the application form you need to sign up to WheelPower's  free membership.

All applications must be supported by a recognised sports club, sports body, school or spinal unit.


The Worshipful Company of Fletchers

The Worshipful Company of Fletchers supports Archery for the Disabled.

It also awards grants to individuals, both newcomers to the sport and experienced/elite archers to purchase equipment.

To apply: download an application form from the website.

Confirmation of disability will be required along with a letter from a coach confirming that the equipment applied for is appropriate.


See Also:

Cyclists Fighting Cancer (18 years and younger)

Disabled Sports Scholarship (University of Gloucestershire)

FutureSport (North East England)

Sunderland Sports Fund

Clubs and Groups

Archery Grants

Archery GB has launched Ontarget, a small grants scheme to support and develop club archery

Ontarget is open to all UK archery clubs affiliated to Archery GB.

Clubs will be asked to specialise in one of three areas: 

  • Young people
  • Community
  • Performanance

Further information and application form can be downloaded from the website.


Bags 4 Sport

Bags 4 Sport helps sports clubs, schools and youth groups raise money for sport by collecting unwanted bags of textiles for payment.

To get involved groups need to register with Bags 4 Sport.  In return Bags 4 Sport provides promotional material, posters and bags for the recycled items.

They accept the following items (in good condition):

  • Clothes
  • Paired shoes
  • Bags
  • Bedlinen
  • Soft Toys

Bags 4 Sport will then arrange to collect the bags of collected textiles and the groups receive payment.

The organisation also has it's own grant foundation open to groups who participate in the recycling programme and require extra funding for their sports development.

Applications can be made for amounts up to £500 using the application form which can be downloaded from the website.

Bags 4 Sport will also consider applications from talented individuals
who need extra financial support to reach the top of their chosen sport.


Boccia Development Grants

Boccia England have a new grant scheme to encourage the growth of Boccia.

It is open to organisations, schools, community groups, councils and Boccia clubs to help them engage more young people and adults into playing Boccia.

The grants of up to £500 can be used to purchase equipment, the hire of a facility to run new Boccia sessions, promotional costs and paying the training and development of sports coaches, officials and volunteers.

For more information and an application form contact:  Marc Scott the Club Development Officer on 0115 967 8455 or email: mscott@bocciaengland.org.uk 


Boost Charitable Trust

Boost supports organisations that champion the disabled and disadvantaged through sport.

It is able to offer small grants (under £500) and larger grants (over £500)

The charity has previously supported a wide range of sports including Boccia, skiing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball.


Cash 4 Clubs

Cash for Clubs provides funding for sports clubs throughout the UK to improve facilities, buy new equipment,and provide training for qualifications.

Any sports club registered with their National Governing Body can apply for awards of either £250, £500 and £1,000. Funding decisions are made 3 times a year.

To apply complete the on-line application form.


Applications are currently closed

The Canoe Foundation

The Canoe Foundation has a budget of £25,000 a year to provide small grants for paddle sport related projects.

Applications for funding are open to not-for-profit organisations, charities, clubs, schools and other groups in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands who work with young people and/or individuals with Disabilities.

Grants are usually awarded up to £1,000 though in exception cases the panel may award up to £2,000.

To apply: download an application form


Peter Harrison Foundation

The Peter Harrison Foundation's "Opportunities through Sport" programme supports sporting activities and projects that provide opportunities for the disabled and disadvantaged.

It is able to fund one off capital projects and will also consider funding for new projects and existing projects if additional funding will secure it's success.


The Rowing Foundation

The Rowing Foundation enables clubs or organisations to include disabled people, of all ages, in the sport, that do not necessarily qualify for funding from other sources.

It provides grants of approximately £500-£2,000  to organisations and clubs that are involved in Rowing and who are individually affiliated to British Rowing (other than via their governing body).

The Foundation does not give grants to support sailing or swimming.

Funding is only granted for ‘one off’ projects or for the purchasing equipment rather than any type of core funding.

Apply using the online application form or email: applications@therowingfoundation.org.uk


RYA Sailability

RYA Sailability promotes sailing for people with disabilities by encouraging organisations to increase participation.

Grants may be provided to develop participation in sailing under the following headings:

  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Training
  • Provision for disabled children and young people
  • Equipment provision
  • Grants for minor activities

Detailed guidelines and an application form can be downloaded from the website.


Sport England

Sport England operates a wide range of funds to benefit not for profit organisations and sports projects.

It is keen to encourage young disabled adults and disabled individuals participation in sport and will fund extra equipment and improvements to existing facilities such as improved access.

The funding streams are varied and range from £300 to millions of pounds. 

Full details of all their funding programmes and extra advice on making an application can be found on their website.  It includes:

Sportivate -  a Sport England initiative inspired by the 2012 Olympics.

It is aimed at young people aged 11 to 25 years who are not particularly sporty but want to play more sport.

The scheme provides free or subsidised 6 to 8 weeks of coaching sessions in a variety of sports.

The funding can pay for coaching, equipment, venue hire, training costs and marketing.

It is fully inclusive and includes young people with a disability.

Each area offers different activities and different deadlines for applications.  Use the online search to find out how to apply in your area.


The Swimathon Foundation

The Swimathon Foundation offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community.

Grants vary from £300 to £2,500 to groups that fulfill their eligibility criteria

In the past year they have funded swimming programmes for special needs but does not include hydrotherapy pools.

Applications for 2016 have closed.


Table Tennis England

Table Tennis England is able to offer an Ability Club Support Scheme to help clubs attract more disabled table tennis players.

Clubs may apply for grants between £300 and £1,000.  The funding may be used a hiring a secondary venue, training, specialist coaching and equipment adaptations. 

To apply: download the guidance pack and application form.

Table Tennis England also offer grants for table tennis tables and facilities.

Club Table Scheme - grants up to £12,000 for additional table for established clubs.

Club Improvement Fund - grants up to £60,000 towards upgrading existing facilities

Dedicated Multi-table Clubs/Facilities Fund - grants from £20,000 to £100,00 towards extending or building a new facility.

To apply for the Club Table Scheme or the Club Improvement Fund download an application form.

Applications for the Dedicated Multi-table clubs/Facilities Fund must first fill in an Expression of Interest Form.


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