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.

Welsh Government – Covid-19 Support

The Welsh Government has introduced grant schemes, the Non Domestic Rates grant and the Economic Resilience Fund.

Welsh Government Business Grants

The Welsh Government is working in partnership with local authorities to deliver the grants to qualifying businesses. This grant is for Business Rate paying premises only and is split into 2 parts:

Grant 1: A grant of £25,000 is being made available for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000. This means businesses that occupy properties such as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, live music venues, hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.
Grant 2: A £10,000 grant to all businesses eligible for small business rates relief (SBRR) in Wales with a rateable value of £12,000 or less. Please note that the multiple property restriction which applies to Small Business Rates Relief also applies to this grant. Therefore, the same ratepayer may only receive the grant for a maximum of two properties in each local authority area.

Further details of the Scheme and links to Local Authority Websites to apply is available here: COVID-19 Grants

Extension to the Covid-19 grants scheme

Following lobby by the WSA, the Minister announced an additional £26 million to help thousands of small charities, including community centres and sports premises, each of which will receive a £10,000 grant to help them deal with the financial pressures they are facing. This is an extension to the existing Covid-19 grants scheme above and will support an additional 2,600 properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or below.

Applications will be through Local Authorities, as above.

Economic Resilience Fund

The Economic Resilience Fund is broken down as follows:

  • £100m COVID-19 Wales Business Loan Scheme administered by Development Bank of Wales (which is fully subscribed)
  • £100m fund to support microbusinesses
  • £300m fund to support SMEs and large businesses

Support for Microbusinesses:

A grant of up to £10,000 is available to assist microbusinesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

This grant can only be claimed by businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • employing between 1 and 9 employees (In addition to the business owner)
  • operating address in Wales and have employees in Wales
  • VAT registered
  • have experienced a drop in turnover greater than >40% as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak (since the 1 March 2020)
  • supported businesses must aim to maintain employment for 12 months
  • only one application per businesses
  • businesses will need to provide:
    • details of reduction in turnover as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
    • evidence of business address by providing VAT registration

The grant is available to microbusinesses that are not eligible for the Business Rate Grant or the support for self-employed grant.

The Economic Resilience Fund for microbusinesses is open to applications from 17 April 2020 for 12 months.

ERF Sector Specific Grant

The Sector Specific Grant applications will open by 12:00 midday on 13 January 2021 and remain open for 2 weeks or until funds are fully committed.
This grant is to support businesses impacted by the restrictions introduced on 4 December 2020.
Use the Eligibility Checker now to review the criteria prior to its opening.

ERF Restrictions Business Fund

To support businesses affected by these new restrictions the Welsh Government have announced a further £110m of financial support for businesses affected by the latest restrictions, which will start coming into force from the end of trading on Christmas Eve.

Hospitality, non-essential retail, tourism, leisure and supply chain businesses will be eligible for financial assistance. Further details of the Restrictions Business Fund

Sport Wales Grant Funding

Emergency Relief Fund – Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales was announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales on the 1st April 2020.

The initial £400,000 fund was allocated to sports clubs across Wales within 4 weeks of being active. An additional £150,000 has been added to the Emergency Relief Fund bringing the total amount to £550,000.   

The emergency fund is targeted at clubs who are in need of immediate financial support as a result of the Coronavirus and recent flooding, and will run up to the 30th June. Each successful applicant is able to apply for a maximum of £5000. For further information, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit the Sport Wales website.   

Sport Wales Resilience Fund – From July, Sport Wales will be utilising a further £8.1 million package made up from funding from the Welsh Government and the National Lottery. 

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-£5,000 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:

Sport Freelancer Fund:
Fitness instructors, personal trainers and coaches are among the sport sector’s self-employed and freelance workers who can apply for a new Covid-19 support package from Sport Wales.

A new £3m ‘Sport Freelancer Fund’ has been set up to provide some financial help for the many workers in the field who directly deliver activities that get the nation moving.
Funding of £1,500 is available, and applicants will need to demonstrate how they’ve lost at least that amount in income since the crisis began due to contracts being cancelled or restrictions halting their work.
Applicants will have a short window in which to submit their claims – applications open via the Sport Wales website at 12 noon on Thursday 26 November and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 9 December. 
Full guidance on who is eligible for the Sport Freelancer Fund, and how to apply, can be found at

Freelancer Fund – Phase Two

Phase two of the Freelancer Fund will launch in the week commencing Monday 18th January 2021.

The grant will increase to £2,500 (with those successful in phase one automatically being considered for an additional £1,000) and Sport Wales has also widened the criteria which means more people will be eligible. Further details will be circulated shortly via

Sport Sector Private Provider Fund
Next week, Sport Wales will be launching the latest Covid-19 funding package, which this time is aimed at supporting the wide range of commercial sport and leisure businesses that help keep the Welsh public active.

Commercial gyms, dance and fitness studios, trampoline parks and climbing centres are among the privately-run businesses who can apply for grants of £5,000 and £15,000 (depending on turnover) through the ‘Sport Sector Private Provider Fund’.

The extensive list of businesses who could be eligible for funding also includes the likes of horse riding centres, crossfit operators, water sports centres and 5-a-side facilities.

The new fund is a further example of how Welsh Government funding is being used to help protect sporting organisations, clubs, facilities and jobs to ensure that sport and physical activity can play a major role in Wales’ recovery from the pandemic.

The Sport Sector Private Provider Fund opens on Tuesday 9th February at 12 noon and businesses will need to submit their applications before 4pm on Friday 19th February.

Full guidance on who is eligible for the Sport Sector Private Provider Fund, and how they can apply, can already be found on the Sport Wales website here ahead of the fund opening. A list of FAQs is also available to answer any queries businesses may have

Community Chest & Development Grant

Sport Wales Community Chest offers grant awards up to £1,500 in any 12 months towards:

  • Increasing participation
  • Improving standards

Alternatively you could apply for a Sport Wales’ Development Grant of £1,501 to £25,000 for projects which include:

  • Establishing a new team
  • Developing new training facilities
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Coach education
  • Floodlighting for training purposes
  • Purchase of land, or rights in land, to develop activity areas
  • Start-up grants to support new enterprises

Note: As of 21/04/2020 the Development Grant will be temporarily unavailable as Sport Wales will only be processing grant applications for the Emergency Relief Fund & Be Active Wales Fund.

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.

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.

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.


The Voluntary Services Emergency Fund is a new grant scheme to enable voluntary organisations providing vital support during the Coronavirus crisis to continue and expand their work. Apply Today

The Third sector resilience fund for Wales is officially open! The fund will provide cash flow support for voluntary organisations in Wales during the current Covid-19 crisis. Find out more & apply.

Local Giving

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

Localgiving have announced that their 2021 programme is going to be even bigger and better than ever. The programme is now live and accepting applications until 31st October 2021 (application deadline)

Not only are Localgiving partnering with their usual funding trust, Postcode Community Trust, but they are also partnering with 5 additional funding trusts to distribute £1m pounds worth of funding to 2,000 charitable organisations on Localgiving.

This year there will be double the amount funding for organisations than ever before and they will still be spreading this funding across the country. Localgiving have also expanded their eligibility criteria. For further information about the grant, please follow the link here.

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.

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