Funding Ladder by gabyion


									                                          FUNDING GUIDE

The following guide provides a summary of a number of funding opportunities available to Cumbria
based sporting organisations or individuals. There are a many sources of funding available, some
of which will be relevant to you or your organisation, some of which will not, Cumbria Sport and
partner organisations are available to help and advise you with any queries you may have.

The guide will start by looking at very local sources of funding, and will progress through to look at
larger national organisations. This guide will provide a very brief summary of the funder as well as
contact details; it will be your responsibility to approach the relevant organisations for application
forms and further details if you feel it appropriate.


1. Your Local Parish Council may hold limited sums of money which could be used to fund
   sporting initiatives. For details of your local parish council representative visit the Cumbria
   Association of Local Councils website at

2. The next point of contact would be your Local Authority. Each local authority within Cumbria
   does have a varying amount of funding available for individuals or sporting organisations. What
   can or cannot be funded in each area of the County really does lie with each local authority,
   and in the first instance you should contact your local Sports Development Officer, details of
   each are listed below. If you would appreciate the opportunity to discuss potential funding
   avenues, please contact your local Sports Development Officer, who will be happy to advise

     Local Authority               Name                                Telephone Number
     Allerdale                     Clare Moss                          01900 326328
     Barrow-in-Furness             Chris Athersmith                    01229 828898
     Carlisle                      Joanna McLean                       01228 817372
     Copeland                      Kimberley Wilson                    01946 852896
     Eden                          Ian Parker                          01768 212473
     South Lakeland                Lorna Postlethwaite                 01539 733333

3. Cumbria County Council’s Neighbourhood Forums do have funds available for local
   community organisations and individuals. Check with your local Neighbourhood Development
   Officer regarding the funding criteria for your local forum, and they will be happy to send out an
   application form to you. Each Neighbourhood Development Officer is listed on the following

      Local Authority Area          Name                                Telephone Number
      Allerdale                     Pat Ackred                          01900 325013
                                    Amanda Postlethwaite                01900 325012
                                    Jim Youdale                         01900 325012
      Barrow-in-Furness             Karen Johnson                       01229 894575
                                    Alison Meadows                      01229 894319
      Carlisle                      Judith Gardner                      01228 606474
                                    Graham Godden                       01228 606570
                                    Sheila O’Donnell                    01228 606317
      Copeland                      Hugh Branney                        01946 852707
                                    Lorraine McEwan                     01946 855019
                                    Dave Smith                          01946 855022
      Eden                          Sally Orrell                        01434 382128
      South Lakeland                Debbie Binch                        01539 773180
                                    Dianne Whitehead                    01229 894103

4. Cumbria County Council through the Special Reserve Fund of the Cumbria School Sports
   Association is able to assist talented individuals who are in full time education. Assistance may
   also be available for school teams who have progressed to the latter stages of a national
   competition. For further information contact Richard Johnston, Sport & Recreation Officer on
   01228 601255.

5.   The Cumbria Community Foundation is an independent charitable trust established
     in 1999 to support the work of voluntary and community organisations in the county.
     They work with individuals, companies and other trusts to establish a permanent
     source of local funding.
     One or more of the Foundation’s priorities must be met if your application is to be
     successful, the priorities include projects to benefit people with disabilities, particularly
     those relating to mental health and special needs, children, young people, elderly
     people, homelessness, and community action groups. Generally, the Foundation will
     favour new and small groups, with grants usually being up to £1,000. Further
     information is available by contacting David Andrews, Cumbria Community Foundation,
     Unit 6b, Lakeland Business Park, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0QT or be telephone
     01900 825760 or e-mail

6.   Cumbria Playing Fields Association fund small low cost schemes, aimed at local clubs,
     organisations, and in certain cases individuals within Cumbria, generally funding in the region
     of £100-£200. For an application form and further details contact Richard Johnston, Treasurer,
     Cumbria Playing Fields Association, 5 Portland Square, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1PU or
     telephone 01228 601255 or email

7.   Cumbria Youth Alliance Volunteer Training Bursary Award Scheme is a fund supported
     by the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust to support volunteer Youth Workers in developing skills
     and knowledge to enable them to better support young Cumbrians. Group Bursaries can be
     provided with grants of up to £500, with eligible items including trainer fees, venue costs,
     materials, participant travel, and participant child care.
     Individual awards are open to individuals who volunteer with young people in Cumbria.
     Bursaries of up to £100 may be granted. Initiatives such as sports skills, first aid, outdoor
     skills, and leadership training can be supported. For application forms and further information
     contact Cumbria Association of Clubs for Young People, Rawnsley Centre, Main Street,
     Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5NP or telephone 017687 75085.


8. Community Fund – Village Halls
   Since they first started giving grants in 1995, the Community Fund has been a major source of
   funding for village halls. They have paid for schemes to renovate, refurbish and equip village
   halls. They understand the importance of village halls to local rural communities. A booklet and
   video have been produced to help those wanting to apply for a grant. For further information
   contact The Community Fund, North West Office, Dallam Court, Dallam Lane, Warrington
   WA2 7LU or telephone 01925 626800. The website is

9.   Living Spaces provides grants to help people improve open spaces in their neighbourhood
     and create valuable spaces for the whole community to enjoy. It can help you create and
     improve a huge range of spaces such as play areas, community gardens, local parks, village
     greens, nature areas, kick-about areas, ponds, courts and squares. As long as your space is
     open to the public and near to where people live you could benefit from a grant of up to
     £100,000. You do not have to be a registered charity though your neighbourhood group should
     be not-for-profit. To find out more you may download guidance notes from the website For an application pack contact Living Spaces, PO Box 2014,
     Reading RG4 7XU or telephone 0845 600 3190 or e-mail

10. Bowland Charitable Trust aims to support projects involving young people, and offer grant-aid of
    up to £1,000. Any organisation is eligible to apply as long as there are young people involved in the
    project or the application is on behalf of a young person. Funding can be used for both capital and
    revenue costs. Applications are to be made by letter to Bowland Charitable Trust, The Trustees,
    TDS House, Lower Phillips Road, Whitebirk Estate, Blackburn BB1 5TH or by telephoning 01254
    676921, alternatively email Carole Fahy, Trust Administrator at

11. If you have received funding from a commercial sponsor, additional funding could be available
    through Sportsmatch, which was established to improve the quality and increase the quantity
    of business sponsorship of grassroots sport. The scheme is funded in England by the
    Department for Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] and managed by the Institute of Sports
    Sponsorship [ISS] which is a national non profit making organisation representing business
    sponsors of sport. Sportsmatch will match a sponsor’s investment in grass roots sport on a £
    for £ basis from a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £50,000. For schools the minimum
    award is £500. Further details are available from Sportsmatch, 3rd Floor, Victoria House,
    Bloomsbury Sqaure, London, WC1B 4SE or by telephone 020 7273 1942or email

12. Sports Aid has a unique national network of regional committees. Cumbria are allied to
    Sports Aid North West, who give grants to youngsters (12 – 18 year olds) from 55 able
    bodied and 25 disabled sports who are members of national squads. Grants are distributed to
    help with costs of travel, training or equipment and range from £250 to £500.

     For further information contact Sports Aid, 3rd Floor, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square,
     London, WC1B 4SE or telephone on 020 7273 1975 or email

13. Community Champions is a grants scheme, funded by the Department for Education
    and Skills, which supports individuals who want to make a difference to their
    community. The scheme funds individuals who are new to volunteering or who are
    already involved in community activities. It seeks to promote the spread of best
    practice and to assist more experienced volunteers in sharing their knowledge and
    skills. Further information can be obtained by contact Jim Hewitt, Department for
    Education & Skills, W1129, Moorfoot, Sheffield, S1 4PQ or telephone 0114 2594113 or

14. Foundation for Sport and the Arts aim to offer grant aid where it will help create or maintain
    facilities and opportunities for the general community or will assist arts or sports provision that
    the community can enjoy, and prefer schemes in which they are to be the lead funder. The
    maximum grant offered is usually £75.000. Further details can be found by telephoning 0151

15. The process for the distribution of funds through the Sport England Lottery Fund has
    recently undergone a major review, with the procedures for distributing funds radically
    amended over the last year. The funding available has fallen considerably since the early days
    of the National Lottery, and as a result, the methods adopted to distribute these funds have
    also required alteration.

    Funding has now been divided into two funding streams, these being National and
    Community. The National funding will be applied for by National Governing Bodies of Sport, to
    implement their own Whole Sport Plans (WSP). WSP’s will identify the key focuses for that
    sport at a strategic level, and will also identify how key agencies will work together to deliver
    the agreed outcomes. At a regional level, each Governing Body of Sport will have to align their
    regional delivery plans to the WSP to ensure that they receive funding to meet local outcomes.

    The Community stream funding will be distributed by the recently established Regional Sports
    Board (RSB), which is made up of twelve representatives from a wide range of agencies from
    all across the North West region. The RSB have recently published their strategy document
    ‘the North West Plan for Sport and Physical Activity 2004-2008’ which identifies two main
    outcomes, these being: -

       to increase participation in sport and physical activity;
       to widen access and reduce inequality in participation amongst priority groups.

    Also identified is that schemes applying for funding will need to hit one or more of the key
    themes of the Plan, these are: -

       benefiting the economy;
       improving health and well being;
       creating stronger and safer communities;
       developing education and skills;
       enhancing the sporting infrastructure.

    As mentioned earlier, the level of funding available through the Community stream has fallen,
    and an early indication from Sport England points to an amount of £11.3m being available for
    distribution by RSB over the next five years. What is also clear is that the schemes that are
    successful will bring with them a considerable level of partnership funding and support, as well
    as working with a wide range of agencies to achieve their aims. For further information contact
    Sport England North West on 0161 8340338.

16. Awards for All is a grants programme set up to help small local community groups and
    organisations. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council of England, Sport
    England and the National Lottery Charities Board. The main aim of Awards for All is to fund
    projects which involve people in their local community, bringing them together to take part in
    and enjoy a wide range of arts, sport, heritage charitable and other community activities. If you
    are a local group, and particularly if you have an annual income of under £20,000, and you
    need between £500 and £5,000 then Awards for All may be able to help you. Further
    information can be obtained by calling 0845 600 20 40.

17. The Football Foundation has an overarching aim to put in place a new generation of modern
    football facilities in parks, local leagues and schools. Other specific aims of the Foundation
    include the provision of revenue support for the running of grass roots football, to strengthen
    links between football and the community, to provide funding for improvement of football
    grounds at the lower level, and to revolutionise the funding process for grass roots football. For
    further information please contact the Football Foundation at 25 Soho Square, London, W1D
    4FF or telephone 0207 5344210. Alternatively you can contact your local Football Association
    from the details below.

     Football Association         Name                               Telephone Number
     Cumberland                   Mr Geoff Turrell                   01900 872310
     Westmorland                  Mr Peter Ducksbury                 01539 730946
     Lancashire                   Mr J Kenyon                        01772 624000

18. The Coop Community Dividend Scheme is open to organisations operating in the trading
    area of Co-operative Group Ltd. Applications are considered on an ongoing basis, there is no
    closing date. Organisations may apply for grants of between £100 and £5,000. Maximum
    awards are rare and grants of several hundred pounds are more common. The project should
    fulfil a need in the local community and should be of a voluntary, self help, co-operative or not-
    for-profit nature. For further information and application forms you should contact Co-operative
    Group Ltd, Jackson Street, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE5 1HR or telephone 0191 477 0291.

19. The HSBC Education Trust aims to support specialist schools, particularly those concerned
    with business and enterprise and language and sport. The funding range can vary, and
    schools, voluntary organisations, community groups, local sports clubs and registered charities
    are all eligible to apply. The Trust will give priority to applications which concern primary and
    secondary education programmes for underprivileged children or for schools in economically
    deprived areas. Building works and salaries will not be funded. For further information contact
    HSBC Education Trust, Level 36, 8 Canada Square, London E14 5HQ or telephone 020 7991
    8888 or visit the website at


There are many other useful websites available which can help you to locate funding streams that
are relevant to your project or programme, below is a list of some of the more frequently used.

Free Professional Advice and Services
Cumbria Community Foundation:
Access Funds:
Charities Information Bureau:
The European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom Guide to Funding from the EU:
The European Social Fund UK website:
Funding Finders:
Grants Online:
Regeneration and Renewal:
Shell Better Britain Campaign:
Voluntary and Community Sector Grants web site:

There are many other local contacts which can be used as a source of information when looking
for funding for projects, these include your local Council for Voluntary Services office, Voluntary
Action Cumbria as well as, for sporting organisations, your local Governing Body of Sport
Development Officer.

This guide has been pulled together from a wide range of sources of information, and is not
intended to be an exhaustive list of all funding opportunities available, and Cumbria Sport cannot
be held responsible if certain information contained within the document is slightly out of date. If
you have any queries or would like any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

                                           Cumbria Sport
                                         5 Portland Square
                                             CA1 1PU
                                           01228 606931


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