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Grants for Sports


Caudwell Children Sports Equipment Programme

Caudwell Children have launched a Sports Equipment Programme in partnership with The Edward Gostling Foundation.

Together they are able to match fund specialist sports equipment for aspiring athletes.

To apply: complete the initial form on the website.

It funds 80% of the cost.  A supporting letter from an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist is also required to support the application.

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.

The Dickie Bird Foundation

The Dickie Bird Foundation provides financial assistance to help disadvantaged children and young people under 16 years participate in their chosen sport.

Grants are available to help towards the cost of sports clothing and equipment for disadvantaged children up to a maximum of £500 per individual.

The trustees consider grant applications four times a year. 

The Dickie Bird Foundation considers grants from all recognised sports.

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

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 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 within a local authority where GLL operate their sports and leisure facilities.

It awards financial grants of between £200 to £1,250 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.

Mark Edwards Foundation

The Mark Edwards Foundation assists young people in their achievement and development of amateur sporting excellence and health.

It offers support towards clothing, equipment, sports education, coaching mentoring and club membership fees.

The Foundation does not make cash payments but will purchase the goods or fees that the applicant needs.

To apply: complete the online application form.

RYA Sailability

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

It is open to new. and experienced sailors.  Clubs are encouraged to reduce the barriers to activities on the water.

Sports Aid

Sports 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 Sports 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


WheelPower is the national charity for wheelchair sport.  It provides opportunities for disabled people to play sport and lead healthy active lives.

It is able to offer small grants through it Wheelwrights 2020 Fund. It has three main aims:

  • To make it easier for individuals to start getting active
  • To make it easier for individuals to remain active
  • To make it easier for individuals to achieve their sporting potential

It is open to individuals of any age with a physical impairment who are resident in the UK.  Individuals applying must be a current patient at a spinal injury unit or have been discharged from a unit within the last five years.

It is flexible on what it will fund.  It may include funding towards a manual sport wheelchair, equipment, kit and travel expenses.

All applications must include a reference or referral details from a member of staff at the spinal unit.

To apply: download the guidance and application form from the website.

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

Barclays Community Football Fund

The Barclays Community Football Fund in partnership with Sported are launching a new fund (January 2022) to make playing football more accessible at grassroots level.

It will offer small grants to groups wishing to expand their existing provision to new audiences or to those already offering football to under represented groups.  This includes culturally diverse communities, young people with disabilities and young people from the LGBTQ+ community.

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 provides training for qualifications.

It is currently open for applications for staff and or volunteers from sports clubs to take part in training, gain qualifications and certifications related to your sport.

Any sports club registered with their National Governing Body can apply for awards of either £250, £500, £750 and £1,000. Funding decisions are made 3 times a year.

To apply complete the on-line application form.

The Canoe Foundation

The Canoe Foundation is aimed at promoting canoe participation for young people and the disabled.

It provides grants to clubs, community groups and regions with an active canoeing participation.

It has previously funded disability access at Holme Perrepoint.

Grants is this funding cycle will be between £500 and £10,000 to:

  • Increase and protect public access points to water for recreational users.
  • Create sustainable launching and landing sites alongside water, for all sectors of the community and abilities.
  • Protect and enhance the natural environment we enjoy such as rivers or coastline.

To apply: complete the online application form.

Closing date: Tuesday 19th April 2022

Parkinson's UK - Physical Activity Grants

Physical activity helps people live well with Parkinson's.

It's important to be active in ways that you find fun and enjoyable. Being active can be anything that gets you moving: being in a walking group, joining a Parkinson's boxing class, or playing Boccia with friends.

The more you can do the better. Especially if it helps you to improve your balance, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness.

Parkinson's UK is delighted to offer a grants programme to help people with Parkinson's to be active.

In 2022 it is able to provide grants of up to £2,500 to support physical activity projects for people with Parkinson's all over the UK.

The application window is from: Friday April 1 to Friday 10 June 2022

For more information, or to apply, please visit:

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 Primary Club

The Primary Club is a UK charity which supports sport and recreation for the blind and visually impaired (VI).

It's origin and heart lies in cricket and it is the m,ain provider of funding for the UK's growing network of VI cricket clubs.

It also supports a wide range of other VI sports including futsal, goalball, golf, skiing, swimming, tandem cycling and Braille chess.

In 2022/23, the Primary Club made grants to 43 clubs and organisations: the average grant was just under £4,000.

Following a significant legacy in 2023 from the late Kenneth G James, the Trustees are keen to encourage applications for more substantial funding for relevant new projects.

In setting up the James Fund, it is interested in encouraging collaboration that may enable organisations to achieve something together which they would be unable to achieve alone. Full details are available on the website.

The last date for applications is 31 October 2023 and applicants will be informed of the Trustees’ decision by 31 December 2023.

All projects must relate clearly to the sporting and/or recreational needs of the blind and partially sighted.

The Trustees generally prefer to support ‘grass roots’ and ‘start up’ activities rather than, for example, international teams of visually impaired sportsmen and women.

The Trustees generally prefer to fund the whole of the cost of a project, even where this is spread across two or more years, rather than to be one of a number of contributors.

The Trustees generally prefer to support running costs or the purchase of equipment, as distinct from items which will significantly increase the recipient’s long-term asset base.

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-£3,000 up to 50% cost,  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:

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 Movement Funds offers crowdfunding pledges, grants and resources to help projects that get people more active.  Grants up to £15,000.

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

Sport Northern Ireland

Sport Northern Ireland is the leading body for sport in Northern Ireland responsible for developing sports participation and sport facilities.

Unfortunately, all funds are currently closed.

Sports Scotland

Sports Scotland is the National agency for sport in Scotland.

It has four sports funding programmes:

  • Sportsmatch - temporary suspended due to demand.
  • Awards for All - supports smaller sports groups with funding.  Grants range from £500 to £10,000 for projects that bring local communities together.
  • Sports Facilities Fund - capital funding aimed at improving sport facilities.
  • UKCC Subsidy - an award for coaches to support their coach education and development

The website also has an online search facility for other grants.

Sport Wales

Sport Wales is the National organisation for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales.

It provides funding for community sports through:

  • Community Chest - Offers awards of up to £1,500 in any 12 months to increase sports participation and standards.
  • Development Grants - for community groups to establish a new team or sport facility.  Grants range from £1,501 to £25,000

Sport Wales also provides funding for athletes through SportsAid Wales.

The Swimathon Foundation

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

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

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

Table Tennis England

Table Tennis England runs a Disability Table Grant Scheme.

It gives the opportunity for organisations or charities which work with people with disabilities or impairments to purchase a table tennis table at a subsidised rate.

Prices start from £160. Sport England is providing the funding for the scheme.

Eligible organisations include community groups, charities and not for profit Leisure Providers who wish to introduce or expand the current provision of table tennis, with the outcome of enabling more people to participate on a regular basis.

Table Tennis England is also able to offer its Premier Clubs the Club Support Scheme, which offers affiliated clubs between £350 and £750 towards making their club more inclusive.

For more information please

See also:

Wheels for Good

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