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Money For Nothing

It may be hard to believe, but the summer holidays are nearly here. So when fundraising for your club or group is as easy as collecting free donations as you shop online, it’s a great time of year to be signed up to easyfundraising!

Go on! Get your parents, club members, volunteers and friends involved and raise £100s!

Premier League & FA Facilities Fund (England) New Deadline

Winstanley Warriors FC’s new sports hub in Wigan was recently opened thanks to a grant of £418,714 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

Delivered by the Football Foundation, the Fund provides grants for the building or refurbishment of grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions, clubhouses, multi-use games areas and playing surfaces. The aim is to improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities to sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, especially in areas of high deprivation.

The minimum grant available from the Foundation for each facilities project is £10,000 and the maximum £500,000. The funding is available to Football clubs, professional clubs’ community trusts, multi-sport clubs, local authorities, all educational establishments, registered charitable organisations, not for profit companies limited by guarantee, industrial and provident societies and unincorporated not for profit organisations.

The next deadline for full applications is Friday 19 January 2018.

Funding Profile of the Month

Sport England Community Asset Fund

With the Community Asset Fund, Sport England are looking to improve and protect existing sports facilities that support the needs of the local community.  Sport England are also keen to reach organisations who haven’t accessed their funding before and invest in new and different places that meet the needs of the local community. An important aim of this fund is to make financially sustainable venues that won’t always be reliant on grant funding.

Size of Grant?

Funding for projects ranges from £1000 to £150,000

Small scale grants (£1000-£15,000)  – These will address emergency works due to something like storm or flood damage, or something totally unexpected that is stopping people from being able to stay active right now.

Medium scale grants (£15,000-£50,000) – These will address more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community.

What is funding avaliable for?

Sport England want to hear from lots of organisations including those who are:

  • Looking to take over an underused facility or one under threat from closure
  • Wanting to expand or improve the sporting experience you offer your customers
  • Responding to an emergency or unexpected event that is stopping people being active i.e. flood damage
  • You have a great idea for a project using a building or open space that is clearly needed in the local community.

Who can apply?

  • Sport England want to work with sports clubs and community groups that really respond to the people in their local community.
  • There are no deadlines for this fund. The initial application is quick and simple. You will not be asked to provide supporting information until Sport England have made an in-principle decision after your initial application has been assessed.

Sports Clubs, Schools, Charities, Community Groups – 4Grants are here to help.

We know from conversations with organisations that pressure on volunteers or reduced staffing has reduced capacity to invest in finding new sources of funding.


You know what you need to do and what you want to do but you just don’t have enough time and volunteers to do it.

Sound familiar? Our service is unlike no other it doesn’t cost you a penny unless we are successful.

Want to bid for grant funding but just don’t have enough time or knowledge to do so?

Got a great project plan but not the capacity, necessary funding skills to get it off the ground?

Wish you could find someone who could just step in and do the work for you freeing your time to get on with delivering your club or service?

Our bid-writing service is just what you need!

With no upfront costs you only pay if we are successful in obtaining the funding. Simply contact us today for further information.

Cricket Club Get’s Transformed

A cricket club based in the North east of the country approached us to help with funding for a number of projects. They had previously applied for funding for their ground but been rejected on a number of occasions. The community the club provides for is deprived with a high percentage of children living in poverty, children living in families that receive workless benefits and also a high percentage of adults having poor health (obesity, heart disease etc). 

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With their facilities becoming very run down and instances of anti social behaviour the club approached 4Grants to help. We are thrilled to have helped the club, we have secured funding for new fencing around the ground as well as a state of the art practice facility. It didn’t stop there, we have also secured funding to make improvements to there pavilion, that project starts very soon!

Bogus Companies

We have been made aware that there are some companies offering services where they guarantee a 100% success rate on grant applications, they charge a 20% fee which is included within the application.

4Grants do not support this practice.  We do not include our fees within the application and can’t guarantee 100% success when using our service.  All of our fees should be paid out of club/school or charity funds where we charge a 10% fee, this is only payable if the application is successful.  We do not charge for searching or writing the application, which you submit to the funder once you are happy that the information is true and correct.

We have a long track record of working with organisations across the country and continue to provide them with a service that we are proud of.  We can provide references from clubs, schools, charities, Parish Council’s and CIC’s that we are working with or have worked with.

For further information regarding 4Grants please contact us today:

Santander Foundation Announces New Name and Changes to UK Grants Programme

Santander’s charitable arm – The Santander Foundation – has changed its name to The Discovery Foundation to reflect the important role it will play in Santander UK’s new flagship community programme ‘The Discovery Project’. The aim of The Discovery Project is to help disadvantaged people gain the confidence needed to make the most of their future.

As well as changing its name, the pre-existing grants programmes (Community Plus, Money Skills and Learn and Grow) have been streamlined into one new grants programme called ‘Discovery Grants’. These grants will support projects addressing knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.

Groups will find that the application process has been simplified and Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions can also apply now alongside registered UK charities.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for projects which support one or more of the following three priority themes:

  • Explorer – improving knowledge and insight: examples include a series of Money Management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify the affordable credit choices available to them; a Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.
  • Transformer – developing skills and experience: examples include work-based training and mentors to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work; sign language training for parents with hearing impaired children; teaching young people with autism vocational skills.
  • Changemaker – innovative solutions to social challenges: examples include a new social networking program for visually impaired young people which uses specially developed braille laptops to access the internet; an inclusive cycling social enterprise which adapts bicycles to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

The Discovery Foundation wants to fund an entire element rather than make a contribution to a larger budget. Grants are available for one year only and can be used to cover the costs of part time salaries, equipment and materials.

A simple nomination form can be picked up from any local Santander branch. Groups can also download an online application form from the Foundation’s website if they cannot get to a local branch.

Nominations can be made by organisations and members of the public as well as Santander customers and staff.

There are no deadlines. Applications will be accepted at any time. Successful applicants will be notified by email within a month of submitting their application.

Further information is available on The Discovery Foundation’s website.

For help and support on any grant funding project speak to 4Grants today.

Funding for Outdoor Sport and Play Areas

Using section 106 housing developer contributions/ Community Infrastructure Levy

Section 106 Agreements are sometimes entered into with housing developers to fund sport and play. The methods for collecting such monies are based on existing supplementary planning documentation from Council linked to Local Development Frameworks. This means that the amounts collected and the items/projects on which the monies can be spent can vary throughout areas.


What can be funded? 

The funding is for capital items only for children’s play areas or outdoor sports facilities plus indoor sports in certain areas as well as recreation facilities in areas. The funding can be for new facilities or improvements to existing ones for example:

  • new children’s play areas
  • new sports pitches / areas
  • new equipment in an existing play area
  • upgrading of facilities for outdoor sports such as changing rooms
  • Specialised sports equipment e.g. Cricket Roller

Projects must be within specified locations and be open to the general public. Where a local sports club or school is looking to develop or improve facilities, it needs to include appropriate arrangements for wider community use.

Who can apply?

Projects must be located in the specific geographical areas mentioned and applications can be made by non-profit making / constituted organisations such as:

  • Parish and Town Councils
  • Community groups
  • Resident’s Associations
  • Sports Clubs (subject to the Council being satisfied with arrangement for community use)
  • Schools (subject to the Council being satisfied with arrangements for community use)
  • Council Departments

To find out more contact your Local Council Planning Department

Awards for All – The Big Lottery

The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes.

Awards for All is their small grants programme which aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. Please see below a copy of their guidance.

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4Grants can help your organisation, providing advice and support, helping you to obtain the funding for your project.  Simply contact us today.

Funding Sources

The aim of this blog is to give an overview of the sources of funding available to voluntary and community groups. It is also about targeting appropriate funders for your group  and project.

1: Researching and Targeting Funders
Firstly, think about going back to any past or existing funders. Did you spend the grant properly? Was the money used well? Did you get positive feedback from the funder about your achievements? If so, they may be happy to fund you again.

Next, use contacts. Ask management committee members, staff, volunteers or members if
they have had any contact with funders, or know of similar groups or projects that have been funded.

When you get direct information on a funder, or through a generated list from a funding
search of potential funders,

Always carefully read all the information you have about each funder, to see that you are
eligible, and meet the funding criteria. Some funders target very specific causes, others give
more generally, to all kinds of groups that deal with community or disadvantage. Target those
whose criteria you most closely meet first. List potential funders in order of priority. Think
about how much time and effort you can put into applications, and limit your list to the number
of funders you can deal with.

A golden rule: Quality not Quantity. It is better to work hard on a small number of bids, to find
the right funders and to show each funder how well you meet their aims.

2: Types of funders
Subject to your organisation’s constitution, and what you want the money for, the main types
of funding available to voluntary organisations are:
• Charitable Trusts
• Lottery Funding
• Company Giving
• Statutory Grants

Charitable Trusts
Trusts (sometimes called Foundations) are set up by companies or individuals as a way of
giving money to certain causes.  Many more are national, giving around the country.

Amounts can range from a couple of hundred pounds to tens of thousands, or more if you match their aims closely and can show a big impact. Applications to Trusts are often as simple as a two
page letter or basic application form. More details might be requested for larger requests.

Lottery Funding
The Lottery has various streams of funding, each of which has its own pot of money and
application criteria and process. For more information please visit the website on

For further information, help and sport contact 4Grants.