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The Allianz Sports Fund

About The Allianz Sports Fund

As the Worldwide Insurance Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, we understand the power of sport – but the pandemic has impacted heavily on the finances of local clubs. So, we have pledged £100,000 to the Allianz Sports Fund in 2021 to offer financial support in the form of grants between £500-£3,000 for community sports clubs who need it most.

Funding dates and amount

There are two rounds of grant funding, in June and November where 45 awards of between £500 – £3,000 are available each time.

Who can apply?

Any sports club that:

  • takes part in an Olympic or Paralympic sport – view list
  • has been nominated by a broker partner of Allianz Insurance plc
  • is registered with their National Governing Body – view list
  • has an official bank account registered in the club’s name

You will need to satisfy all four requirements in order to be eligible to apply.

What type of funding can clubs apply for?

The Allianz Sports Fund has been developed to help sports clubs meet their obligations and continue to provide opportunities within their local community. This may include, but not limited to:

For the club

  • Cost of changes to service or facilities due to COVID-19
  • Facility Hire i.e. block bookings.
  • Rent/lease payments
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Utilities
  • Water Rates
  • Grounds/facility maintenance (to maintain a state of readiness)
  • Sport’s Governing Body membership fees
  • Clubs league affiliation fees.

For its members

Club Fees: Club membership fees. A club could partially reduce fees for all club members or pay entirely for members of the club who are at financial hardship. This should be allocated discreetly by the club themselves.

Sports Travel: Travel costs towards participating in matches/events.

Playing Kit: Playing kit. A club could partially reduce the cost of kit for all club members or pay entirely for members of the club who are at financial hardship. This again should be allocated discreetly by the club themselves.

This is not an exhaustive list and the Allianz Sports Fund will consider other ways to utilise the funds, which we ask that clubs specify on the application form.

Allianz Brokers

Applications can only be accepted from clubs who have been nominated by one of our broker partners – check to see who your insurance is provided by, your NGB may be able to help. See example from England Boxing; Boxing clubs can access up to £3,000 through Allianz Sports Fund – England Boxing The broker must have an account with Allianz Insurance Plc.

About Veolia Environmental Trust: Community Grants

Amount Available£10,000 to £75,000 Type of fundingClub, Group or Organisation, Environmental Improvements, Facility Development

About Veolia Environmental Trust: Community Grants

This grant can be used for a project to improve an outside space or community building available for everyone and anyone to use on a daily basis.

To apply for a grant you will need to work through the ‘Information’, ‘Guidance’ and ‘Apply’ sections of the application process by clicking the links on their webpage, and following the instructions on each screen.

Who can apply?

  • An application from a constituted not-for-profit organisation (who’s governing documents state members or directors receive no financial benefit)
  • An application from a local authority
  • An organisation that accepts any grant awarded will incur an additional CTP cost

What can be funded?

  • A project which will take place on a single site
  • Physical improvement works to a building or outdoor space which has public access: e.g. community centre, public park, play area, skate park, MUGA, sports ground, woodland, nature reserve, community garden, public right of way, inland waterway
  • A project with all permissions (e.g. planning) in place
  • A project where the applicant is the landowner or has a formal agreement (e.g. a lease) with the landowner, with at least six years of the term remaining
  • A project on council-owned land, where the council will provide written consent for the project to take place
  • Construction and/or improvement of buildings, or outdoor spaces
  • Fixed items (e.g. kitchen cupboards and worksurfaces, boilers and radiators, windows and doors, toilets, fencing)

Application Deadlines:

There are four funding rounds each year. Only one application per project site will be considered in a 12 month period.

The next two funding rounds are:

12th August- 30th Sept (Decision Date- 7th December 2021)

11th November- 6th January (Decision Date 8th March 2022)

Applications are currently being accepted for:

  • Community Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 to support the creation or improvement of community buildings, facilities, and outside spaces for the benefit of the community.
  • Habitat and Biodiversity Grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 to support structural improvements to single habitats, such as woodland, waterway or nature reserve.
  • Environmental Improvement Grants starting at £75,000 for landscape scale improvement projects such as habitat creation or management and species protection.

The funding can cover capital costs for projects ranging from the development and maintenance of community sites or facilities, the restoration or conservation of natural habitats, and longer, more substantial environmental projects.

Applications will be considered from constituted, not-for-profit organisations, local authorities, and environmental bodies enrolled with ENTRUST.

Eligible projects must have a total cost of under £250,000, including VAT and professional costs.


Sport Unites is the Mayor of London’s community sport programme, which was launched in 2018. At the heart of the Mayor’s approach to sport in London is his belief in the power of sport to bring people together and improve their lives.

The new Sport Unites Fund awards grants of up to £50,000 to community sport projects across two strands: ‘New Ideas’ and ‘Tried and Tested’.

New Ideas: Grants of up to £10,000 will be awarded to community sport projects testing new and exciting ideas and/or to groups that haven’t received funding previously and would benefit from investment and support.

Tried and Tested: Grants between £10,000 and £50,000 will be awarded to successful existing initiatives looking to expand their work. 

We will support projects using physical activity and sport to address at least one of the following priorities:

  • Helping the most inactive people be more active
  • Improving people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Decreasing isolation/loneliness
  • Strengthening connections in your local area and across communities
  • Reducing serious youth violence

Contact 4Grants for further information and support.


Due to the outstanding efforts of the whole of the cricket network, there is a high level of confidence that we will have a full and safe summer of cricket.  The ECB are keen to work with the network to make the most of the growth opportunities that will be available in a packed summer of cricket on TV, especially around The Hundred and the free to air television that will reach large numbers of people that don’t currently participate in our game. 

To support the ambition, today we are thrilled to launch the “Inspired to Play” Grant. The scheme aims to increase the number of children (boys and girls) and/or women participating in the game by supporting the delivery of new/enhanced recreational cricket activity in England and Wales during the months of June – September 2021.

Your Club can apply for a grant of £1,000 and/or £250 to help your Club open up for new and current players this summer. To apply, please follow the below steps:

  • Please check your eligibility and requirements by reading the guidance notes 
  • Register your Club on ECB’s Investment Management System (or log in if already registered) and select “Inspired to Play” from the list of funding programmes
  • Complete the application form and sign and return the contract offer letter to release funding

Government Announcement 2nd Lockdown Sports Grants

Sports Clubs 

The ECB and Sport England has highlighted potential financial help for sports clubs in the light of the new national Covid-19 lockdown.

Following the announcement of new national restrictions, the Government has announced new one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses to help them through to the spring.

The grants will be provided as follows:
£4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
£6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
£9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

The new one-off grants are in addition to existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen.

Grants are to be delivered via local authorities, who will be the best initial point of contact for further information.

ECB Funding for Cricket Clubs
ECB emergency support programmes, including Return to Cricket Grants and Emergency Loans, remain open to Clubs and Leagues. The closing date for Return to Cricket Grants has been extended to March and will be kept under review. Further details can be found here.

Sport England Funding For Clubs
Sport England have reopened their £16.5 million Return to Play: Small Grants fund to refocus on helping groups, clubs and people who deliver sport and physical activity through the additional challenges that this period of national restrictions will bring. They have also made important changes to the criteria to ensure they are giving the right help at this time.

Their two other coronavirus-related funds, Return to Play: Community Asset Fund and Return to Play: Active Together, are also open for applications. 

Separately, Sport England is also working closely with Government on a package of support for sports, following the £100m of government support to leisure operators.

To find out more about the Sport England funding options and how to apply, visit the link

Sport Wales Funding For Sports Clubs
TheBe Active Fund remains open for applications for the following purposes:

To help protect clubs and community organisations or groups that are at immediate financial risk as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This grant is intended to help organisations that are unable to meet their financial obligations because of Covid-19. For example, to cover fixed costs (e.g. rent and utility) that are no longer supported with revenue.
Protect grants of £300-£5,000 are available for emergency support

To help prepare clubs and community organisations in direct response to Covid-19.
This grant is designed to fund elements and items that are essential for a return to play.
Prepare grants of £300-£50,000 are available.

To help progress sport and activity to the next step and support long-term sustainability.
This grant is intended to help clubs and community organisations:
Tackle inequality
Create long-term solutions to be more sustainable
Take innovative approaches
Grants of £300 – £50,000 are available.

Further details about the application process can be found HERE.

If your club requires any support with grant funding 4Grants provides a no win no fee service for sports clubs across the UK. This could be for COVID, facility or revenue funding, we are here to help.

A selection of the latest grants that are available


D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Grants are available for UK registered charities working in the UK in the areas of advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare, and improvement or protection of the environment. Deadline 8th October.

VCSE Health & Wellbeing Fund 
Fund for third sector for improving start in life, targeted at: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups & children in areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas). Closes 30th October 2020.

Healthy Communities Surviving Covid19 Fund

Grants are available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations across the UK to help them support their communities during and beyond the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, building wellbeing, resilience, and capacity. Deadline 30th October.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Children & Young People Grants

Grants for charities in England and Wales that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up the age of 25 years) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life. The deadline is 31st October.

Music For all – Community Project Funding
Grants are available to UK-based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities. The deadline is 1st November 2020.

UK Nature Engagement Grants

Grants are available for schools and community groups in the UK to increase youth engagement with nature. The deadline is 1st November 2020.

Volant Charitable Trust – Coronavirus Response Fund
Grants are available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline 31st December.

Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charitable non-governmental organisations that help to promote peace and security, and environmental sustainability. Deadline 5th February 2021.

Allchurches Trust 
Grants are available for churches and Christian charities to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. 

National Lottery Community Fund
Government emergency support funding for charities distributed via the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is now open for people and communities affected by Covid-19. There are small and large grants.

Mental Health Response Fund
Grants available for VCS organisations.

Healthy Communities
The Healthy Communities Together Programme offers up to 3M in funding to empower voluntary and community sector organisations to work together with the local care sector to boost community wellbeing.

Edward Gostling Foundation
The Edward Gostling Foundation is now focused on helping smaller charities through the crisis and grants of up to 10K are available to help with core operating costs.

Shanly Foundation 
The Shanly Foundation is calling for applications for its Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund.

Power to Change
Power to Change has announced an emergency support scheme for community businesses.

Alpkit Foundation
Grants of up to £500 are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund
new response fund has been set up by CAF (Charities Aid Foundation for established small voluntary organisations affected by Covid 19. Grants of up to £10,000 available to allow continued local community support. 

Looking for £5k to £100k funding for your cricket club?

As the cricket season draws to a close, now is the right time to apply for funding so that you can benefit from it next year. Does your clubs need:

Clubhouse/changing room renovations

Kitchens or toilets

New or renovated cricket nets

Ground equipment

Improvements to playing surface including wicket and outfield

No upfront costs, we work on no win no fee, simply get in touch today.

COVID19 – 67 new grants released

England – Regions 

Action Together Community Response Fund – voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector in Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside & Glossop: either up to £200 or up to £1,000. 

Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation – support from £180k in corporate donors. 

Berkshire Community Foundation – details of how this funding can be accessed available soon. 

Big Give – #donateyourcommute – first £200k will be doubled through match funding provided by the Reed Family. Funding will go to NET. 

Brighton & Hove COVID-19 emergency fund – short term and emergency support to community and voluntary organisations supporting the most vulnerable residents. 

Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund – £1k – £5k, older people (aged 60 and over) and other vulnerable people, including the need for self-isolation, financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, further exacerbation of health issues, loneliness and isolation. 

Cheshire Community Foundation – activities that help vulnerable people self-isolating, provide funding to coordinate community response and support volunteers, and increase capacity for organisations providing emergency support, such as foodbanks or benefits advice. 

Childhood Trust – Champions for Children – match funding campaign June to raise unrestricted funding for charities working with children and young people acrossLondon. 

Community Chest Fund – Runcorn, projects and initiatives to tackle any emerging challenges the virus is creating. 

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and N’berland – Two stages. Response – organisations supporting older people and other vulnerable groups. Recovery – a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected.
Community Foundation for Calderdale – grants of £1000 to local charities to help the most vulnerable.
Community Foundation for Merseyside – foodbanks, food/care package to vulnerable people, services for the vulnerable, such as older people, emotional and mental health wellbeing, financial inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice.
Community Foundation for Staffordshire – organisations that support vulnerable members of our communities, which are finding it difficult to operate.
County Durham Community Fund – local groups: the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

Cumbria Community Foundation – charitable projects supporting people, helping to keep them safe and supported in their homes and reducing pressure on the NHS.
Community Southwark – community organisations and local charities, for £5k-20k for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects.
Devon Community Foundation – local charities and community organisations, in two stages: response, then recovery.
Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund – charities, community groups and organisations who support vulnerable groups. 

Forever Manchester – grassroot community groups responding to help those most affected. Up to £1,000. 

Give Bradford Resilience Fund – charities and community groups across Bradford.
Gloucestershire Community Foundation – coordinated volunteer programmes, and those picking up extra demand such as foodbanks, counselling services, advice organisations and befriending services. Max grant 35k.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) – those facing distress and hardship. 

Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation – constituted charitable and community organisations. Priorities of the fund older people (over the age of 70), vulnerable people with medical conditions and people who are isolated: £500 – £2,500.
Leicestershire Communities Fund – constituted voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises to support vulnerable people. £5,000 – £25,000. 

GMCA COVD-19 – 60 micro commissions to be given to artists and creators, based in Greater Manchester, across all artforms. 

Heart of England Community Foundation – local communities and projects. West Midlands & Warwickshire. 

Heart of Bucks Community Foundation – people and charities in Buckinghamshire who are most affected and vulnerable. 

Herefordshire Community Foundation – Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations, additional costs of working remotely and adapting services, emotional support, mental health and bereavement support. 

Hertfordshire Coronavirus Disaster Relief Fund- local charities supporting local people facing a range of social issues: social isolation, food poverty, poverty and poor mental health. 

Kent Community Foundation – constituted community groups, annual income less than £200K, supporting isolated older people. 

LCRCares – the most vulnerable people in Liverpool.
Leeds Community Foundation Resilience Fund – charities and community groups.
Lincolnshire Community Foundation – the most vulnerable, help local community organisations to respond and develop advice and support initiatives.
London Community Foundation – grass roots charities and community groups.
London Funders – £2m fund for organisations: immediate financial pressures, increasing demands for services, higher staff absences, fewer volunteers and lower donations. Wave 1 Grants open – costs in supporting communities, focus on food and essentials. 

Foundation Derbyshire’s Coronavirus Fund – community groups and organisations – initial focus on food banks and befriending services. 

The Langtree Trust – £50 to £1,000, local voluntary sector agencies and community groups in Gloucestershire. Priority given to church projects, youth groups, disabled and disadvantaged people. 

London Landmarks – Local Landmarks Challenge. Runners identify their own local landmark, run a 5k, a 10k or a half marathon around it and raise money for charity. They have time until 3 May, anyone can participate, even if they could not secure a ticket for the main event. 

Maanch Response Fund – including corporate and high net worth donors. Join platform (it’s free), then call them to discuss. Includes UK charities working internationally – elderly, children, food banks, mental health, medical research. 

Manchester Community Support Fund – constituted community groups in Greater Manchester: up to £1k. 

Manchester Wellbeing Fund – groups developing new ways of keeping in touch with the most vulnerable. 

Maudsley Charity – South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) patients and staff: hospital and community services across Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark – and Bethlem Royal Hospital, Bromley. 

Merton Giving – charities helping isolated households and those at risk. 

Milton Keynes Emergency Response Appeal – charities and community groups; vulnerable people. 

Morecambe Bay Foundation Appeal Fund – details to be released. 

Newcastle upon Tyne Community Foundation – small, local charities and community organisations and which have previously received support: vulnerable groups. Will not be accepting applications. 

Norfolk Community Foundation – up to £1,000 to support community action to help vulnerable people.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation – rapid support to charities and community organisations providing care and support for elderly and vulnerable people.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner – sustain delivery of crucial community projects; £200k available for organisations, with the PCC office taking applications of grants of up to £5,000.
Oxford Community Foundation – to meet new needs appearing, new ways of meeting existing needs, to recover, if operations or income are interrupted.
Quartet Community Foundation – West of England: up to £5k – elderly, people with disabilities and/or underlying health difficulties, homeless people, low income families, refugees and asylum seekers, people experiencing food poverty.
Salford CVS – VCSE organisations – up to £500: food and household items to vulnerable groups, phone-based and other practical support to vulnerable groups/self-isolated households, emotional wellbeing and mental health support.
Steve Morgan Foundation – £1m per week to charities in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire to help the most vulnerable members of society.
Suffolk Community Foundation – older people at risk (typically over the age of 70), vulnerable people with medical conditions, those that have limited support networks, those picking up extra 

Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund – groups responding to the needs of vulnerable people. 

Sussex Community Foundation – local charities and community groups. 

Somerset Community Foundation – grants on a rolling basis, beginning as soon as funds become available. 

Staffordshire COVID-19 Support Fund – each county councillor has £2,500 to support community groups in their area.
The Community Foundation for Stoke & Staffordshire – individuals and organisations with the immediate and unexpected costs. 

Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society – activities that manage the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 and implement preventative measures to support this population 

Two Ridings Community Foundation – up to £2k, community organisations preparing to respond, development of advice and support initiatives, groups that provide vital community support. North East England. 

United in Hammersmith & Fulham – micro grants directly to groups. Focusing on the extra needs of at-risk groups, including people with complications severe enough to require hospital care, unable to cope with isolation, living in poverty. 

Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund – prioritise groups supporting individuals who are most affected by the outbreak, particularly those facing issues brought about by isolation or loss of income. 

West Berkshire & North Hampshire – Greenham Trust – £250,000, charities and voluntary organisations supporting the elderly and vulnerable people. 

Worthing Community Chest – grants of up to £250 for small, ad hoc, neighbourhood projects. 

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation – smaller charities, £250 and £2,000, helping communities, including running, staff and travel costs as well as volunteer expenses. 6 April.

Young Barnet – brilliant people, so no surprise they’ve created a task force of charities to build a fund to support Barnet grassroots organisations in providing frontline support. 

COVID19 – Latest Sports Funding

  1. Comic Relief – some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline. Support for grantees through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes, or re- budgeting remaining funds. 
  2. Sport England: Community Emergency Fund – including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations: £300 to £10,000. 
  1. Sport England: Sector Partner Fund – Active Partnerships and national governing bodies, on bespoke measures for any instances of immediate financial distress. 
  2. Sport England: Sector Stimulation Fund – will be rolled out in coming weeks. 

COVID19 Funder List

UK Wide 

  1. Alpkit – prioritising funds for projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected. £500 grants. 
  2. #ArtInAid – for every acquisitions of artworks, Le Dame Art Gallery will donate 30% on sales to a charity of your choice. 
  3. Asda – £5m to its partners FareShare and the Trussell Trust. This will provide over 4 million meals to families in poverty, as well as more than 3000 charities access to free food over the next 3 months. 
  4. Big Society Capital – £100m emergency loan fund for charities. 
  5. Cadent Foundation – Midlands, North West England, South Yorkshire, East of England and North London. Committed £240k to the Trussell Trust, ready to support other worthy causes. 
  6. CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund – organisations with income of £1m or less, up to £10k to support day-to-day activities, or your emergency response activities. 
  7. Clothworkers Foundation – small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services. Not open to charities whose beneficiaries are based in London. London initiative to be announced soon. 3 April. 
  8. Co-op – £1.5 million of essential food products to FareShare’s 23 regional centres, and then  supplied to a network of local community groups across the country. 
  9. Crisis – local groups financially affected by additional demands on their resources and have expanded their provision for those experiencing homelessness: £5k short-term response, £50k longer-term. 

10. East Suffolk Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Funds – £50 and £2,500, larger requests under exceptional circumstances.
11. Greggs Foundation – funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other  support to schools and community hubs.
12. Halifax Foundation – prioritising Covid-19 related grant applications, will now consider constituted groups not yet registered as a charity.
13. Indigo Trust – has donated £1m to the Trussell Trust for food banks.
14. John Lewis & Waitrose – £1m Community Support Fund distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities, and a support fund to aid staff facing additional costs.
15. Johnson Foundation – social isolation, deprivation, healthcare and education/young people. Must be registered charity, email Kate Eugeni –
16. Leathersellers Company – UK registered charities supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence, nursing care to vulnerable patients.
17. Martin Lewis – £1m, £5k to £20k to small registered UK charities for UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. Currently closed to new applications.