Sports and leisure

Sports clubs funding

Small Grants Fund

Our Small Grants Fund can help clubs and organisations to improve their community engagement and to offer health and wellbeing advice.

The fund offers the opportunity to expand the range of activities which small sports clubs can offer.

See further information about the Small Grants Fund:


Funding requirements and criteria

Grant applications must meet one of the following criteria, with clubs aiming to:

  • improve engagement with their local communities
  • reduce health inequalities
  • increase participation in sport
  • deliver quality sports and activity experiences

A member of the club must also sign up for Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity+ training. This person will be responsible for being the mental health and wellbeing champion for the club and members.

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Apply for Small Grants Funding

Small Grants Funding applications will only be considered during the annual application windows, the timeframes for which will be provided on this page when applications are due to open.

Applications for Small Grants Funding are currently open.

Before making your application to the Small Grants Fund, please note:

  • funding is limited to £500 for each application
  • we only accept 1 application per organisation per financial year (April to March)
  • evidence may be requested to show legitimate use of funds

Grants are now open for applications until Friday 26 November 2021, with successful grants being issued in December 2021.

Small Grants Fund application

For any further help applying for funding, contact the Sport and Active Leisure Team.

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What the Small Grants project will fund

Small Grants Funds are available for:

  • coach and volunteer training
  • equipment costs
  • venue hire (this is only for new activity or used as part of a promotion, for example, utilizing the saving on venue hire to then give light fees for a few weeks)
  • new activity programmes

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Responsibilities of Small Grants Fund bid winners

If you're successful, you'll receive up to £500 of funding to spend on improving your sport club.

We'd expect one member of your club to complete the mental health awareness certificate for that member to become a ‘Mental Health Champion’, responsible for the mental health and wellbeing of the club and its members.


Also see

Sport and Active Leisure Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 553372