There are numerous ways to raise money – from sponsored walks and car boot sales, to commercial sponsorship and large-scale merchandising.  The only limit is your imagination.

Grant Making or Loan Making Organisations

Each grant-making organisation will have its own reasons for awarding grants and it is likely that these will be closely linked to the aims and objectives to the organisation.  It is important that you understand the objectives or purposes of any grant-making body before you apply for funding.

Community Asset Fund

Sport England’s Community Asset Fund is their new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community. Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s sport and activity experience – and likelihood of coming back.

As well as traditional sports facilities where people enjoy physical activity, there are thousands of outdoor spaces up and down the country – like canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces – all with great potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle.

They’re keen to hear from any sports club or community organisation with a great idea that will make a difference to the places where people play sport and get active. You might already own or lease a facility in the local community, are considering taking over some grounds or a facility that has the potential to be used for sport and leisure. Even if you haven’t accessed funding before – it doesn’t matter. They want to invest in your great ideas that will help get people active.

Active Ageing Fund

Sport England have put tackling inactivity right at the heart of their new strategy Towards an Active Nation – which means over the next four years, they’re going to triple the amount they invest in helping inactive people become active. As a first step, they will be investing up to £10 million into projects that help inactive older people get active through their Active Ageing Fund.

They’re looking for both new partners and ones they’ve worked with before who are willing to work with them to co-design innovative, different and experimental approaches that put older people at the heart of their efforts.

If you have a great idea of how we can tackle inactivity in this diverse audience, then we want to hear from you.

Here are some key facts about the programme that you need to know:

  • Value of investment: £10 million
  • Fund opens: 14 December 2016
  • Anticipated size of bids: £50,000 – £500,000
  • Length of project: Minimum of one year
  • Expression of interest deadline: Midday 13 February 2017
  • Awards made: June 2017

Comic Relief

The lives of women and girls across the world have improved in many ways over the last 25 years, but there is still much to do. Empowering women and girls so that they are safe and free to lead the lives they choose is a key programme area in Comic Relief’s new global strategy. Sport is a powerful tool for social change, and can be used to address issues affecting women and girls. It can support the development of essential life skills, deliver powerful messages, foster confidence and improve self-esteem. It can also be used to challenge gender roles and propel women and girls toward better lives.

Levelling the Field, offers funding to organisations working in partnership in the UK, which use the power of sport to empower women and girls to reach their full potential.

Funding available. This is a £1 million initiative funded by Comic Relief and the Treasury to support projects in the UK. Applications are welcome for a minimum of £30,000 and a maximum of £250,000, over a period of between 12 and 36 months.

We are encouraging a variety of different types of projects. This could be a pilot for an innovative piece of work or the continued development of a proven piece of work. Funding is available for project delivery, research, or for a campaign.

The funding round is open from 5th January 2017 to midday 16th March 2017.

 Funding Guides

The Funding Opportunities for Coaching Guide produced by Sports Coach UK provides details about funding available to support coaches and coaching across England.
funding guide

The Funding Guide produced by Street Games provides details about funding available to support projects across the UK.Street Games


When it comes to identifying a need for your project, you might find these guidelines useful.  There are lots of sections that you can ‘cut and paste’ which will save you some time in finding the right words!


If you require help to write your application, contact your County Sports Partnership or our Development Team. It is very likely that grant-making organisations will ask British Taekwondo for a reference – so it is important that we are aware of your application BEFORE you submit it, so that we can talk positively about your project and support your application.