Funding Advice & Grants – Resources & Support

Many sporting organisations are finding the current financial climate challenging. We want our members to be strong and resilient social businesses, giving back to the community whilst being financially and organisationally sustainable, so please find below a bank of advice relating to funding and grants accessible to you!

Funding Database

You can search hundreds of grant and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international sources. From small grants to large capital projects we can help you find the funding you need.

https://wsa.wales/funding-database/

Allianz Sports Fund

With applications opening on September 5th, the second round of 2022 will see another £50,000 being given to community sport clubs that need it most.

This time around, the Allianz Sports Fund will focus on coaching and new club initiatives.

It is important to remember that Allianz will only accept applications from sports clubs that have been nominated by one of their broker partners – of which Welsh Sports Association (WSA) partners Watkin Davies are one!

Once put forward by an Allianz broker partner, sports clubs can expect to be the subject of deliberation among a panel of Allianz senior leaders, employees, Team GB and Paralympics GB representatives, who will allocate grants accordingly. Successful applicants will then be notified on November 25th!

KEY DATES

  • Launch date – 5 September 2022
  • Application deadline – 21 October 2022
  • Panel date – 21 November 2022
  • Announcement – 25 November 2022

For all the information you need and to find out where you can apply, please visit the Allianz website.

LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund

Consortium and its Community Collaborators, working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, are delighted to announce the launch of the LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund. This Fund has been enabled thanks to National Lottery players.

And, thanks to additional funding from Comic Relief, we are able to provide grants to user-led LGBT+ organisations based in one of the devolved nations.
£90,000 is available through small grants to grassroots groups and organisations who are run by and for one or more of our 5 communities of focus, whcih are:

  • D/deaf, Disabled, Neurodivergent LGBT+ people.
  • LGBT+ People of Colour and People from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities.
  • LGBTQI+ Women.
  • Older LGBT+ people.
  • Trans and Non-Binary people.

For full details, visit the Consortium website.

Major Sporting Events 2022-2030 Subsidy Scheme

The scheme supports the hosting of major sporting events in Wales where the funding is deemed to be a subsidy.

The objective of the scheme is to provide support for the successful preparation, marketing and delivery of major and mega sporting events in order to maximise the economic, socio-cultural, environmental and media (global profile) benefits to Wales and to help protect sustainable organisations and jobs in the events sector.

The scheme will be open to domestic and international rights holders for major and mega sporting events, and their partners.

Support under this scheme may be granted between 1 September 2022 and 31 March 2031.

The estimated total expenditure on major sporting events from 1 September 2022 to 31st March 2031 will be in the region of £36 million.

For full details about this scheme, visit the Welsh Government website here.

National Lottery Community Fund

Our priority is to keep money flowing to support communities across Wales. We’re open to all applications that meet our criteria, including support during COVID-19. We are also working closely with WCVA and other funders to ensure we are forming the best support for Welsh communities.

We therefore welcome applications that meet our revised priorities.

  • supporting organisations to adapt or diversify to respond to new and future challenges 
  • supporting communities adversely affected by COVID-19
  • supporting communities and organisations to become more resilient to help them to respond better to future crises.

Grants ranging from £300-£10,000, £10,001-£100,000, and from £100,001-£500,000 are available.

We’re here to help. Please contact us if you have an idea by calling 0300 123 0735 or emailing wales@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.

The funding is of course available to all organisations throughout the UK.

Visit the National Lottery Community Fund website for further details and to apply.

Welsh Government – Covid-19 Support

The Welsh Government is continuing to provide support into 2021-22 to help businesses and charities in Wales during the Coronavirus outbreak.

To help locate the varied range of Covid-19 support available to business take a look at the Business Wales COVID-19 Business Support Finder.

Economic Resilience Fund

Applications for the Local Authority Economic Resilience Fund across Wales are now CLOSED.

Business Rates Relief

The Welsh Government will be providing an additional £116m package of non-domestic rates relief for businesses in the sectors most directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This relief is aimed at businesses and other ratepayers in Wales in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, including venues like sport and leisure facilities.

The Welsh Government will provide grant funding to all 22 local authorities in Wales to provide the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief scheme to eligible businesses for 2022-23.  The scheme aims to provide support for eligible occupied properties by offering a discount of 50% on non-domestic rates bills for such properties.

The scheme will apply to all eligible businesses, however the relief will be subject to a cap in the amount each business can claim across Wales. The total amount of relief available is £110,000 across all properties occupied by the same business.  All businesses are required to make a declaration that the amount of relief they are seeking across Wales does not exceed this cap, when applying to individual local authorities.

The relief will run from 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2023.

For full details and to find out where to apply, please visit the Welsh Government website here.

Sport Wales Grant Funding

Be Active Wales Fund

The ‘Be Active Wales Fund’ will provide further protection to the Welsh sport sector from the consequences of the Coronavirus. The Be Active Wales Fund will invest £4million in community and grassroots sport to help restart activity. Further details of the fund have just been announced (7th July 2020). The Be Active Wales Fund has two main purposes:

  • To protect clubs and community organisations or groups that are at immediate financial risk and need support.
  • Grants of £300-£50,000 are available for emergency support.
  • Provide financial support to help prepare clubs and community organisations or groups to restart, respond to, or grow participation, in direct response to Covid-19. Grants of £300-£50,000 are available to prepare your club or organisation. You will need to make a 15% contribution for grants over £5,000, which could be from the club’s own funds, or grants from elsewhere.

For further details on the Be Active Wales Fund, including eligibility and how to apply – please click here:

Community Chest & Development Grant

Sport Wales Community Chest and  Development Grant are temporarily closed (as of 21/04/2020); details of other available grant schemes are on the Club Solutions website or try the National Assembly’s Assistance for Sport in Wales document.

You’ll also find a wealth of information on the Club Solutions website, including templates for financial documents.

Crowdfunder – A Place for Sport

Sport Wales has partnered with Crowdfunder to support community clubs and activities to raise money for facility improvements. 

The scheme is for not-for-profit clubs, voluntary or community-based organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity in Wales. It is to be used for those looking to raise money for ‘off-field’ improvements. For example: 

  • Changing rooms
  • Clubhouse renovations
  • Improved kitchen facilities to gain more income
  • Bike racks and storage
  • Lifts and ramps for better disability access
  • Solar panels
  • Generators
  • Boilers
  • New fencing

As part of the scheme, Crowdfunder will provide support and advice for your fundraising project. In addition, if your Crowdfunder page has reached certain criteria Sport Wales will match fund between 30% and 50% of the total raised, up to a maximum of £15,000 match-funding

The Crowdfunder pilot scheme will run until April 2022. For further information please visit the Sport Wales website

Social Business Wales Support

Social Business Wales (SBW) is an EU funded project designed to support established social businesses that are looking to expand, diversify or create more jobs. SBW can help with a wide variety of challenges – from visioning to sales strategy. Their team of business advisors offer friendly, one to one advice and are backed up by specialist consultants in areas including HR, law, finance and marketing.

If you are in an early stage of your social business journey, please make use of the resources and information available on the SBW website and then get in touch to see what support is available. Please mention the reference WSA2018 when calling their contact centre.

If your organisation doesn’t meet the SBW criteria for support, don’t worry – our helplines also offer expert advice on commercial development and funding.

WCVA

Volunteering Wales Main Grant Scheme

VOLUNTEERING WALES MAIN GRANT SCHEME – NEXT ROUND OPENING AUTUMN 2022

Volunteering Wales Grants is a scheme funded by the Welsh Government to promote and improve volunteering in Wales. The scheme’s aims are:

  • Increase volunteer engagement and satisfaction by removing barriers to volunteering for people of all ages and from all parts of society.
  • Support the creation and development of high quality and positive volunteering opportunities in Wales.
  • Promote changes in beneficiary organisations to embed volunteering into their working practices and culture eg obtaining the Investing in Volunteers Award.

Funding is available for not-for-profit organisations proposing projects up to two years, for up to £25,000 per annum.

For more information please read the full scheme guidance here

To apply please visit https://map.wcva.cymru

For full details, visit the WCVA website.

£21m for future of Wales’ voluntary sector – 28th Dec 2021

Localgiving

Localgiving  is a charity whose mission is to strengthen UK communities by safeguarding the sustainability of the local voluntary sector.

After successfully distributing 2,000 grants to their members last year, making it the biggest ever Magic Little Grants programme, Local Giving have announced that this year’s will be even bigger and better than ever before!

Localgiving will be awarding £500 grants to 2,650 charitable organisations, in partnership with the People’s Postcode Lottery.

This year, Localgiving will be funding more organisations than ever before and will once again spread this funding out far and wide across the country. If your organisation is carrying out a project within the themes detailed on the Localgiving website, make sure to get your application in – the programme is live! The application process is short and simple, taking ten minutes to complete. Each organisation may only apply once in 2022.

Organisations must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000. Funding can be used to launch new projects, support existing ones, or cover core costs associated with ongoing work.

Don’t forget WSA members receive 25% off a 12 month Localgiving membership (pay just £72 instead of £96)

For more information on Local Giving please see the video below:

For more information, please contact the WSA office.

The Moondance Foundation

The Moondance Foundation is closed to new applications, but they anticipate reopening applications this Autumn.

Assiting charities and organisations in Wales. The Moondance Foundation Mission Statement:
To prevent or relieve poverty, support the welfare and well-being of women, children, the elderly and the vulnerable in our society, improve health outcomes, raise educational standards and preserve our environment for future generations.

Moondance tries to be as flexible as possible and supports organisations that have a transformational impact in their communities in Wales and beyond.
Click here for further information and how to apply for general funding

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants fund thousands of local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more.

Find out more about Tesco Community Grants and learn how to apply here.

CVSC – Gwynt y Mor Offshore Windfarm Fund

A long term investment of £19 million, over the lifetime of the wind farm, the Gwynt y Môr (GYM) Offshore Wind Farm is helping coastal communities of Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire to achieve amazing things.

The fund is really flexible so that it can meet the differing needs and ambitions of communities across the coastal area. It focuses on the themes of:

  • Building strong and sustainable communities;
  • Developing prosperous communities with strong economic growth;
  • Reducing poverty and inequality in communities.

The fund is independently administered by Community & Voluntary Support Conwy (CVSC) in co-operation with Denbighshire and Flintshire Councils for Voluntary Services. CVSC employ a full time, locally based fund manager. Decisions on the allocation of funds are made by a grants panel of people who live, work or volunteer in the funds area of benefit.

For more information and to apply for this funding, please visit the CVSC website.

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