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Allerdale Sports Development Grant

Sports clubs can apply for a new grant from Allerdale Borough Council to help them improve accessibility, participation and to support recovery from impacts of the coronavirus. 

Applications to the Allerdale Sports Development Grant scheme are invited from not-for-profit organisations, charities, social enterprises and schools where their work will benefit the residents of the borough. 

Grants from £2,000 up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to organisations that can demonstrate their project will make a significant difference to their members and users from the local community. It should also help to deliver a social/economic impact in the Allerdale area.  

The project must deliver against at least two of the following priorities: 

  • Create new participation opportunities (or safeguard existing participation)
  • Improve resilience (post Covid-19)
  • Improve economic/environmental sustainability of club or sports element of organisation
  • Focus on improving access for those more likely to be less active
  • Encourage new participants into sport or physical activity through innovative ideas to encourage new participants into sport/physical activity 

The money to support the grant scheme has come from the Sellafield Ltd Social Impact Investment Fund (SIIF), an annual arrangement between Sellafield and the council offering an opportunity to respond in a flexible manner to support employment, economic and social growth in the borough. 

Applications will be assessed once all necessary information has been provided.

Please ensure you have read and understood the full guidance notes below before making an application. Click link below to download.

More information and application form for the fund

The Sellafield Ltd Social Impact Investment Programme is an annual grant arrangement between Sellafield Ltd and Allerdale Borough Council, offering an opportunity to respond in a flexible manner to support employment, economic and social growth in Allerdale. 

The Sports Development Grant is one of many grants within the SIIF scheme, it is designed to support sports clubs and community organisations operating in Allerdale, working at grass roots providing sport and physical activity. It is not intended to support individuals. This is primarily a capital scheme, however, projects requiring no capital investment will be considered if it can meet the necessary criteria as highlighted further down.

Applications are invited from Not for profit organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises, which need to be a constituted not-for-profit voluntary organisation or a registered charity, or a School where the benefit is primarily for the community (conditions apply), and delivery of activities or projects benefit the residents of Allerdale Borough.

This fund shall be directed to projects that support activities and initiatives that:

  • deliver a social and/or economic impact locally:
  • complement and enhance the ; 
  • are designed to address either social, health, environmental and economic issues within the Allerdale Borough Council area 
  • fit in with the priorities of their National Governing Body (NGB) where applicable.  

Priority will be given to those organisations that can demonstrate that their activity will create or safeguard participation opportunities in sporting activity, and is linked to the delivery of one or more of the Council’s :

  • A Cleaner, Greener Allerdale
  • Invest to Grow
  • Outstanding Local Services
  • Thriving towns and villages
  • Resilient Communities

We expect that many clubs and organisations looking at this grant funding will have aspirational plans for their facilities and for the activities they deliver to their local communities. Applicants may already be well on the way to turning some of these plans into a reality, working with other funders and partners, and this funding could be the final piece needed to make it happen. Or you might see this as a new opportunity for your organisation to look at how you can enhance the sporting offer, target some new audiences or really look at ways which will help to certify the future for sporting activity.

With this in mind, only projects that deliver against at least 2 of the priorities below will be considered;

  • Create new participation opportunities in sporting activity (or safeguard existing participation for example where land or buildings may be at risk)
  • improve resilience (post COVID19)
  • improve (economic/environmental) sustainability of club or sports element of organisatio
  • focus on improving access for those more likely to be less active (Elderly, 5 – 18 years, disabled, low income, BAME, women
  • Innovative/New ideas to encourage new participants into sport/physical activity

Grants from £2000* up to a maximum limit of £10,000 per application. Funding will be provided to organisations that can demonstrate that it will make a significant difference to their members and users from the local community. Ongoing sustainability is also important, and should be clearly detailed. No multi-year funding awards will be made.

The Council will fund up to a maximum of 50% of the total costs of the project, but organisations are encouraged to look at other avenues of funding, including contributing their own finance to the activity, to reduce the proportion of Council funding required. 

Match funding for the project can also include in kind contributions.

*For a short period only, clubs/organisations who have had to incur necessary, unexpected costs to be able to re-open to their members, can apply for up to a maximum of £500 to help cover these costs. A minimum of 10% match funding is required (for example, if you are applying for a grant of £300, then the project must cost at least £330) and applicant must be able to evidence the actual costs/spend.  

The deadline for this is 15 September 2020.

Applications can be received at any time, the grant will remain open until all funding is allocated.  Projects must be completed (or underway if it is a large scale capital project) within 12 months of being awarded funding. 

For any fixed capital projects, applicants must own the land on which the project is to take place or have a lease with a minimum of 7 years left (for grants of less than £5K), or 20 years or more for grants over £5K, and have landlords consent for the proposed project. 

Applications from Schools will need to have community partnerships/agreements in place.

Applicants should be aware of State Aid implications, and be prepared, if asked, to provide the Council with evidence of any  state funding  received in the 3 years immediately prior to application so that is may be assessed against the rules on State Aid. Any application may be unsuccessful on this basis but full details will be given. 

  1. Applicants must complete the online application form;
  2. Applicants may be contacted to provide more detail. For larger grants, applicants may be asked provide a detailed Development/Business Plan;
  3. A signed copy of their latest audited or independently examined annual accounts must be supplied where applicable

Please provide all information requested within the application form in as much detail as possible. This will make it easier to process your application. Assessment of any application will only take place when all the requested information has been provided.

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  • Core revenue costs, i.e. general maintenance costs, salaries or running costs 
  • Costs to set up branch/subsidiary organisations
  • Continuation costs, for activity that has existed prior to this funding being available   
  • Grants schemes for other organisations or individuals

This is not an exhaustive list, if you are not sure if your idea will qualify, speak to Rebecca Stamper on 01900 702712.

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