The Devon Cricket board have produced a comprehensive guide for clubs to support them with accessing funding, including:
- Grant Aid sources and applications
See below for a number of funding sources that clubs could be eligible for. When applying for any grant funding we strongly recommend you take the time to see if you project meets the aims and criteria of the funding body before applying. If you are unsure after reading their website please contact the funder directly to clarify
Please note: Due to Covid-19 a number of Funding Bodies have paused for application or have setup specific emergency funding to help clubs whilst no sport can take place.
ECB Funding - ECB Sources of Grant Aid and Funding for Cricket Clubs - Interest free loan scheme and the County Grant Fund (coming in 2021).
Sport England Small Grants Scheme - Awards from £300 to £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people get active. The funding is for projects involving adults and young people aged 14 or over, which meet one or more of the aims of their ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy.
Sport England Community Asset Fund - is a programme dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active. There are a number of things we want to achieve with this investment, but most importantly we want to help local organisations to create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come – which may mean providing help to get things up and running too.
National Lottery Community Funding - The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery. Cricket clubs in the past have particularly had success with the Awards for All scheme, for grants between £300 and £10,000.
Devon County Council - Locality Budgets - Each County Councillor has a locality budget fund. Councillors can make grants to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent and help meet the Council’s strategic objectives. Not-for-private-profit voluntary or community groups (including town and parish councils) can apply.
The Landfill Communities Fund - This is a source of grant aid which is available for community based recreational projects arising from Landfill Tax. A number of clubs have had sizeable grants through Viridor in particular.
Charitable Trusts - There are a number of charitable trusts that provide grants for voluntary organsations for example The Norman Family Charitable Trust , Viscount Amory's Charitable Trust and The Fairfield Charitable Trust .
Devon Community Foundation - Devon Community Foundation has a range of different funds designed for small community and voluntary groups working to help local people across Devon.
David Shepherd Cricket Trust - A charitable trust with the simple aims of helping more young people to play and enjoy the great game of cricket and the talented to become future stars of the game. Clubs can apply for small grants to help with achieving the above.
Cash 4 Clubs - Cash 4 Clubs offers all sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £10,00. It is a simple scheme aimed at giving community clubs a helping hand and provide the opportunity to raise the money they need to invest in their club.
Supermarket Community Funds - A number of supermarkets have local community grant schemes where the money raised is used to fund local community projects. Have a look at Tesco Community Grants, Cooperative Local Community Fund, Waitrose Community Matters.
Aviva Community Fund - Set up your community project and you could access some of the £250,000 each year from Aviva as well as crowdfunding through your own network.
South West Water - The neigbourhood fund for projects that support the wellbeing of people, the environment and communities. The water-saving community fund specifically for water conservation projects.
Give To Local - Through GiveToLocal, people support their local clubs not only because it’s a great thing to do but because they can also be rewarded with access to offers and discounts at local businesses, meaning donating to their local club can actually end up saving them money!
Crowdfunding - Raise funds through an online campaign using the power of social networks. Clubs have raised thousands of pounds in the past with small donations from people and bigger pledges from local businesses. There are a number of platforms including Crowdfunder, GoFundMe, Just Giving
Sponsorship - sponsorship from companies/businesses/ndividuals is a great way of bringing in funds for a club as well as establishing links with the commnity. Take a look at this guide to 'Making Sponsorship Work' from grassroots sport sponsorship company Snap.
Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) - Register as a Community Amateur Sports Club and find various ways raise money and claim Gift Aid, enabling volunteers to spend more time on sport and less time on administration.
Grant Finders - There are a number of websites that list potential grant sources, Funding Central, Devon County Council, Grants Online. There are also companies such as 4Grants who will help you with your sourcing and applying for funding on a no win no fee basis.
For guidance on facility projects from concept to completion visit the ECB site here.