Funding Information


Are you looking for funding as a club, performer or volunteer? Well read on and what's more you can also go to the Active Cumbria website and use the free GRANTnet service which lets community groups and clubs search across a huge range of funding sources.


Cumbria Community Foundation

The Cumbria Community Foundation has a range of funding schemes which range from £50 right up to £100,000. They have Allerdale specific or County wide funding pots which cover everything from equipment costs, training for volunteers and developing new activities and there are new funders adding all the time so it's always worth a look. They keep local need under review regularly to ensure grants are targeted to the most deserving causes.
If you would like to know more about their funding please contact Tel 01900 825760 or visit Cumbria Foundation

Football FoundationFootball Foundation

Football and Government have teamed up to deliver a multi- million pound investment programme for footballs grass roots. The Football Foundation is based on a partnership of the FA Premier League, the Football Association, Government and Sport England.

There have been a number of changes to the funding from the Foundation and it is always worth a chat with the Cumberland FA before applying.

For more information visit the Football Foundation website or telephone 020 7534 4210 or Contact the Cumberland FA on 01900 872310 or visit the Cumberland FA website.

Awards for All

Awards for All is a Big Lottery funded programme set up to provide greater opportunities, improved facilities, and more money for sport. This has changed from previous years as some of the partner funders have separated and are now running their own small grants schemes (see further down for Sport England's small grants scheme for sport specific pots), however Awards for All is still available to give funding to clubs, schools and groups looking at developments within the Community, aslong as they meet one off the outcomes below:

  •  People have better chances in life – with better access to training and development to improve life skills.
  • Stronger communities – with more active citizens working together to tackle issues within the community.
  •  Improved rural and urban environments – which communities are able to better access and enjoy.
  •  Healthier and more active people and communities.

If you are a local group and need between £300 and £10,000 Awards for All may be able to help you, go to Awards for All website for more information.

Sport England Grants - Small Grants

The Sport England Small Grants Programme has been set up to support local community sport projects which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

For example, they could help your club expand its age range by helping it to buy extra team kit or pay additional coaching fees or help youth clubs work together with local sports clubs to get more young people playing sport.

It is open to any bona fide not-for-profit club or association, statutory body or educational establishment. Grants are between £300 and £10,000.

For more information go to Sport England and go to the funding pages to apply or call 08458 508 508 to discuss your ideas.

Allerdale Neighbourhood Forums

Small grants between £150 - £1,000 for community groups and clubs are available from the forums in Allerdale. The grants can be used for equipment, training, events and promotion and occasionally will help towards the costs of transport to a big event or towards kit in special circumstances.

Contact: Neighbourhood Development Office 01900 706011

Cumbria Playing Field Association

Small grants available for sports equipment, holiday schemes and club development to support community groups and Sports clubs.

For more information contact Richard Johnston on 01228 221365  or Email:

There are lots of organisations nationally that have grant schemes, Coop, Greggs, Tescos, Mars, Lloyds Bank and more so it's always worth a look!

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0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ