Other Grants

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Here are some examples of grants schemes that are (some may no longer be available as grant schemes often come and go) available for organisations to explore:

Betfair Cash-4-Clubs

This is a small grants scheme run by Betfair, an online bookmaker. They fund equipment and coach education, amongst other things. A maximum of £1,000 is available. More details at:


Cardiff Community Building Grants

This scheme offers a maximum grant of £5,000 to voluntary, community organisations to improve their community buildings. The money can go towards internal and external improvements such as disabled facilities, kitchen refurbishments and security improvements. The grant can go towards work in a community building or facility, but cannot be for a ‘member-only’ club. Contact James Moore for more information – jamesmoore@cardiff.gov.uk  or 029 20873162.

CEMEX Community Fund

The CEMEX Community Fund is a dedicated grant resource for enabling and assisting communities local to CEMEX quarry and landfill sites to carry out projects which improve or enhance local community facilities and places of interest.  The applicant should be within 3 miles of a Cemex site and be a registered environmental body (this can be done). They are able to support a small number of projects with grants ranging from £1,000 to £15,000 for projects which provide and maintain public parks and amenities when the work protects the social, built and/or natural environment. More information at: http://www.cemexcf.org.uk/index.php

Coalfields Regeneration Trust

The CRT is a registered charity giving out grants to coalfield communities. The main grants programme is hard to access, as it mainly shores up work left short by the Objective 1 programme. There are other grant programmes that could be more accessible, however. More details and eligibility areas at:



Comic Relief

The ‘Sport for Change’ programme aims to understand more about how sport can play a part in delivering positive change within the lives of individuals and communities, as well as how sport can be used to tackle identified social issues as part of a broader programme to achieve a measurable social change. This could include activities that are seen as part of a coordinated approach to a social issue or concern that supports or links to sporting activity, such as workshops, educational sessions, volunteering, mentoring, work experience and raising awareness. They will not fund any building work, refurbishment, or upgrades to playing surfaces. The minimum grant award is £10,000. http://www.comicrelief.com/apply-for-a-grant/programmes/sport-change-0

Community Facilities and Activities Programme

A capital grant programme run by the Welsh Assembly Government. It’s open to community and voluntary organisations and provides funding for the provision of facilities within communities and for activities engaging local people, who will help promote the regeneration of communities. http://wales.gov.uk/topics/housingandcommunity/grants/cfap/?lang=en

Communities First Outcomes Fund

Run by WAG, this is very much an outcomes based programme. The application must be linked to the local Communities First action plan. A maximum of £300,000 is available, but only funded at 50% of the total project cost. More details at:


Community Foundation in Wales

Through the support of donors, they aim to strengthen and revitalise communities experiencing social exclusion and economic deprivation, recognising the inspirational role of community groups and local charities in identifying and addressing local need. Here’s a list of what they do/don’t fund, as well as a list of their current grant schemes:



Co-operative Community Fund

This is a grants programme for community groups, voluntary groups and clubs, with a maximum award of £5,000. Eligible communities are those with a local Co-op store, funeral parlour or bank. Examples of supported projects include netball kit, rugby kit, play equipment, swimming equipment, football kit, rowing equipment and a new website for a gymnastics club. More details at:


Dickie Bird Foundation

The Foundation assists young people under 18 years of age to participate, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside and outside sport. The foundation will consider applications for playing kit, footwear, equipment and travel costs. The website link is: http://www.thedickiebirdfoundation.co.uk/


GwirVol is a partnership between the third, public and private sectors, led by the views of young people in Wales. The Partnership exists to provide a framework to bring about a step change in the numbers and diversity of young volunteers and to give them more and better quality volunteering opportunities. This is a grant programme offering awards of up to £10,000 to organisations looking to develop new volunteering opportunities for young people aged between 16-25. Link: http://www.gwirvol.org/en/grants/


Heart Research UK

The Healthy Heart Grant programme supports innovative projects designed to promote heart health, and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message. Applications are only accepted during January and February for the May round of grants, and July and August for grants awarded in November. Further details at:


Landfill Tax Credit Scheme

This is for communities within a 10km radius of an operating landfill site. A maximum of £50,000 is available, although this depends on the local operator (Biffa, WREN etc). The proposed project needs a second funding partner, which could be a town/community council, who will need to contribute at least 11% of the total cost. Previous projects include play areas and a skate park. More details and local eligibility criteria at:




The Lord’s Taverners

The Lord’s Taverners are one of the UK’s leading youth sports and disability charities and the official charity of recreational cricket. Their mission is to give a “sporting chance” to those in need.  Two of the key areas covered are youth cricket in disadvantaged areas and sports and recreational equipment for young people with special needs. Link: http://www.lordstaverners.org/

Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust

The Trust is keen to support volunteer-based projects, particularly from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. In addition, the Trust recognises the difference that coaching can make to the development of a sport and is keen to fund equipment and coaching costs if the need has been clearly identified by the applicant. The Trust is particularly interested in supporting projects that improve the quality of life of people and communities facing disadvantage. More information to be found at:


Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

A funding scheme open to clubs and organisations in Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerffili, RCT, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and the area of Powys with an LD3 postcode (Brecon, Sennybridge etc). Most grants are up to £1,000, although one project each year will receive £5,000. Application form, more information and eligibility availalble by visiting:


Npower Community Benefit Fund

This is a grant scheme for communities located nearby wind turbine developments. The funding mechanisms are set up locally to distribute certain pots of money to benefit local community projects. For example, in Carno, Powys, £31,523 was given out in 2008 (see the first link below). For other areas see the second link below, clicking portfolio/projects in operation/wind or hydro/location on map, and then click on the local community link on the left. It’s also worth looking at the projects in development for future sites. Details of the Carno fund, plus links to other projects at:


Peter Harrison Foundation

The ‘Opportunities through Sport’ programme is open to charities and clubs with CASC status (Community Amateur Sports Club). It will consider supporting sporting activities/projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills. Funding can be given for capital or revenue projects. More info at:


People’s Postcode Trust

This is a new funding stream for Wales, with grants of up to £5k currently available. The programme covers numerous areas, one of which is public sports. More information and an application at: http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/

Tesco Charity Trust Community Award

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to communities located nearby a Tesco store, although the smaller grants programme with awards of up to £4,000 is easier to access. The eligibility area of interest is for equipment to provide direct benefit to children, elderly and disabled. Previously supported projects include playground equipment and specialist equipment for disabled. More details at:


Wells Sports Foundation

The sports grants scheme has been established to create a lasting legacy for future generations through the development of club sport. Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available for projects that support the development and sustainability of sports clubs, for example to purchase equipment or coach education. More info at:


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