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 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

All retail, leisure and hospitality businesses and charities with a rateable value of £500,000 or below will receive 100% non-domestic rates relief in 2021-22. 

View guidance here on Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief in Wales for 2021-22. 

Sport Wales Grant Funding

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:

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.

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

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.

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


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

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 here.

Social Investment Business

The Recovery Loan Fund is a new scheme from Social Investment Business and founding investor the Fusion21 Foundation to help UK charities and social enterprises in the ‘post-COVID recovery’. The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday 20 May 2022

Capital Fund for Local ‘Spaces and Places’

You can secure capital funding of up to £10,000 in order to help to improve access to local facilities or community spaces for sport and physical activity, for people from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

There is no application form needed, just a 15-minute, online chat in which you should come prepared with details about your project, how much you’re looking for, and the impact it will have. Don’t forget to think about any landowner implications! 

For full details and to book your slot, click here.

The Capital Fund is brought to you by StreetGames, Sported and WCVA.

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