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This Girl Can Community Fund

This fund aims to support women aged 16+ to get active by offering National Lottery grants to local projects that will contribute to overcoming the barriers some women face in getting active: from a lack of opportunities offered in their local area, to cost and availability of childcare.

The fund is looking to support a wide range of ideas - from those that just need a few hundred pounds, to larger projects nearer £10,000.

There may be the opportunity to support a few exceptional projects with funding above this level. This Girl Can believes that you’re best placed to tell them what’s needed in your community so invite you to share your ideas about how to get more local women more active.

Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations, voluntary or community clubs, registered charities or community interest companies. Ideas will also be considered from individuals who’d like funding for a group activity which isn’t for individual gain. Organisations established to make a profit can get involved provided the project doesn’t realise a distributable profit. Other social enterprises and schools or statutory bodies are also welcome to get in touch.

What are the next steps? 
The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2020. There's a form for you to summarise your idea here and further details  can be found on the Sport England website.

Barrow Funding Event

This event is aimed at local voluntary and community groups, especially those new to the funding arena in the Barrow area.
Please book to attend one of these two sessions:
  • 10am – 12noon Registration from 9.45am
  • 1pm – 3pm Registration from 12.45pm
You do not need to attend for the full 2-hour session, but it is advised for you to allow at least one hour to make the best use of your time and speak to all relevant funders.

This event is FREE* Booking is essential!
Tea and coffee (refreshments) will be provided at registration (am and pm).
Registration will be open at 9.45am and 12.45pm respectively.

Thursday 6 February 2020
The Forum, Duke Street, Barrow LA14 1HH
1000 - 1500
Full details available here

*All places must be booked in advance or a £10/person fee will apply on the day
*A £10/person cancellation fee will apply for non-attendance or places not cancelled at least 5 days in advance


Sport England - Open Funding Streams

Whether you are a village club who needs to purchase extra equipment or a multi-million pound facility that hosts Olympic athletes, Sport England have a funding programme that can help you.

Check out their range of new funding opportunities.

For more information visit the website.


Grants for disabled people to play tennis

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust is a tennis charity raising funds for people with disabilities who play tennis. The trust specialises in supporting disabled people and disability tennis programmes through the provision of specialist wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants.

The dates for meetings to discuss funding applications in 2020 are:

  • Tuesday 28th January –  closing date Tuesday 7th January 
  • Wednesday 22nd April – closing date 25th March  
  • Friday 7th August – closing date 10th July  
  • Wednesday 4th November – closing date 7th October 
Visit the website for more information.

Erasmus + Programme(2014-2020)

The Sport Chapter of the Erasmus Plus Programme aims to support European partnerships on grassroots sport in order to tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, promote and support good governance in sport and to promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all. Application deadline: 02/04/2020 - details here.


Postcode Community Trust

Postcode Community Trust provides project based funding in Great Britain under the themes 'Improving community health & wellbeing, Increasing participation in arts & physical recreation and reducing isolation' . 

Funding rounds in 2020
Stage 1: 21st January - 4th February
Stage 2: 10th March - 24th March
More information here.

GLL Sport Foundation - Athlete Support

GLL take an active national role in promoting healthy lifestyles and physical activity as well as championing the benefits of the Sport. The GLL Sport Foundation has become the largest independent support programme for talented young UK athletes. The online application period runs from 20th December 2019 to 20th February 2020. To check eligibility and find out how to apply visit their website.


Early Years & Later Life Inclusion Grants

The Foundation’s grant-making programmes for charities target funding where it is most needed. Current target areas include:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Reducing isolation in later life

Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years.

Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years.  Grants are between £10,000 and £80,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £60,000. Large grants must be used to fund a specific project.

The next deadline for small grant applications is 17 April 2020 and for large grant applications 17 February 2020. For more information visit the website.


Grants from BlueSpark Foundation

The BlueSpark Foundation offers grants to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. BlueSpark is particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills, and future employability of children and young people. Details available on their website.


Comic Relief & Groundwork

This new programme will fund grassroots community groups (with income below £250,000 per annum) to support capacity building (grants of up to £500) or project development (grants of up to £4000) that benefits local communities. Visit the website for more info.


Children's Foundation Regional Small Grants

Grants are available for groups in North Cumbria working towards the improvement of children's health and well-being. The key areas supported include mental health, disability, child safety and exercise & obesity. Find out more here
Places to Ride
British Cycling is working closely with Sport England to develop a national network of new cycling facilities which meets local demand, making use of a £15 million investment programme called Places to Ride.

The funding is available to any organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community and can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate your local space, through to a brand new cycling facility.

The programme is open until January 2021, so there is plenty of time to think about your project, discuss with your wider organisation and partners and submit an application when you’re ready. Full details available on the British Cycling Website.


The Swimathon Foundation

The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community. The Foundation is passionate about encouraging people to get involved with swimming, which it hopes to encourage even further with its Community Grants.

Grants vary from £500 to £2,500 and will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon. The grants are administered by Swim England and the Swimming Trust and are awarded on an annual basis.

Applications for 2020 are now open and will close on Friday 13th March.

More information is available on the website.
Power to Change
Power to change supports people to start and grow new community businesses to revive local assets, protect the services people rely on, and address local needs. For more information visit their website.

National Lottery Community Fund

The UK’s largest community funder, The National Lottery Community Fund has a range of funds, the most accessible being 'Awards for All' A quick and simple way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. To see the various funds click here.

Cumbria County Council Community Grants

Cumbria County Council has established a grants scheme for voluntary and non-profit-making groups.
Grants are available for groups who are involved in community projects and initiatives that benefit the residents of a community within Cumbria. It's worthwhile speaking with your local community development officer before you apply. Some areas have dedicated a proportion of the grant funding to tackle specific issues such as Obesity. For more information, click here
Eden Leisure Grant
Leisure Grant Fund assists sports clubs, community groups and individuals achieving excellence and personal development in sport and the arts within Eden. Find out more

Cumbria Community Foundation

Cumbria Community Foundation manage a range of funds that have been created by donors and each have their own criteria or area of interest. Find out more

Les Mills Charitable Fund

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to registered charities and non-profit organisations who work to improve the education and physical and emotional well-being of children. 
Applicants applying for funding may focus on one or more of these areas: 
  • Living in poverty
  • Physical and mental health problems
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Living with disability
The next closing date for applications is 5pm on 28th April 2020. Apply here.

Francis C Scott Trust

Support charities working in Cumbria that support 0-21 year olds from our most deprived communities. Capital and revenue for up to 3 years from £500 - £15,000 p.a. Grants below £4,000 are considered monthly. For more information, click here

Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation awards grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. Apply here
For a full list of funding available, please visit our Funding Page on our website.

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