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Funding Information for Coaches/Clubs/Performers

Support for Coaches


In the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics, more and more funders are becoming available to support sports clubs, coaches and performers as the nation strives to build an sporting infrastructure which will form a part of the legacy of the games.

Funding for Coaches/Volunteers

Funding 4 Sport
Latest sport funders from Funding 4 Sport (May 2012)

Streetgames List of Funders

See the latest community sport funders (March 2012)

Get Qualified North West
This funding stream has now ended. The above fund offers grants of up to £1000 for any project that can show it is benefit to the community. For a sports club this could mean equipment of coaching costs for a new school-club link initiative, setting up a new age group or putting a club coach on a training course.

O2 - 'Its Your Community'

Successful projects will bring together and benefit the community, have long lasting effects that will keep going once the money is spent, and demonstrate fresh, bold thinking which will inspire others.

For more information please visit the O2 website and download the application form

Awards for All
Award for All is a Big Lottery Fund grants scheme funding small, local community-based projects in the UK. It is a simple grants scheme making awards of between £300 and £10,000. The Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of the people most in need.


Sport England Small Grants Programme
You can apply for any sum from £300 to £10,000 but the total project cost cannot exceed £50,000. This replaces Awards for All sports projects. The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sports projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation,  or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. For example, it can help a sports club expand their range by helping it to buy extra sports kit or pay additional coach fees.

It is open to bona-fide not-for-profit club or association, statutory body or educational establishment. It will not fund individuals or organisations established to make a profit and distribute that profit amongst its members.

For more information on this and other Sport England funding, please go to the Small Grants section of the Sport England website

Swim NW Coaching Bursary
Anybody who is resident in the North West and satisfies either one of these two categories are eligible for funding towards a swimming coaching bursary:

  • are unemployed or
  • in full-time education

40% of the total cost of the course can be applied for with the only condition of the funding being that the candidate carries out 15 hours of volunteering after qualification and that the candidate must agree to complete a level 2 qualification within 18 months.

Download the Swim North West Coaching Bursary application form.

Access to Volunteering Fund
The fund is to support adults who have a disability to gain qualifications and training for sports volunteering and coaching. There is up to £250 available per person to access to pay for NGB qualifications, MOS courses, First Aid etc.

In order to access the funding, a course that is bookable before the end of March must be highlighted and Lancashire Sport would then pay for this (if accepted).

For more information please contact Lancashire Sport on 01254 584012


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