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Funding for Sport

The Sports Council for Wales (SCW) provides a range of grants schemes funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the National Lottery. This Factsheet outlines some of the other funding opportunities which are available for sport.

Sports Aid Cymru
Welsh Institute of Sport
Sophia Gardens
CF11 9SW
Tel: 5

Makes grants to promising sportsmen and women who are just below the level of eligibility for Elite Cymru funding.

Foundation for Sport and the Arts
P.O. Box 20
L13 1HB

Set up by the football pools promoters, this organisation provides grants to sports and arts organisations for a wide range of projects. It looks to support a wide range of activities where there is clear beneficial impact across the community. Their particular goal at this time is to encourage active participation by young people.

The Big Lottery Fund
2nd Floor
Ladywell House
SY16 1JB

Provides a range of funding programmes including:

Healthy Families: Child’s Play
Through the Healthy Families initiative, BIG wants to promote healthy and active lifestyles among children and families by creating a joined up approach to children’s play, healthy eating and physical activity.

People and Places:
People and Places aims to bring people together to make their communities stronger and to improve their rural and urban environments. This programme will be open to the community, voluntary and public sector. Money will be available for capital and revenue projects and can be used for the development of communities or communities of interest.

Mentro Allan:
Aims to make the less active population of Wales more active by increasing their recreational use of Wales's natural environment. It will pay for schemes that will make the parks, waterways, coasts and countryside more accessible to people who might otherwise never use them.

Awards for All Wales
(general enquiries)
Tel: (application pack)

Awards for All is a grants programme set up to help small groups. It is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The main aim of the programme is to fund projects which involve people in their local community, bringing them together to take part in and enjoy a wide range of heritage, charitable, health, educational, environmental and other community activities. Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are awarded to successful applicants.

Football Foundation
The Football Foundation
25 Soho Square
Help Desk:

The Football Foundation's charitable object is to promote all purposes recognised as charitable under the law of England and Wales from time to time in particular through an association with sport. The Foundation seeks: to put into place a new generation of modern facilities in parks, local leagues and schools; to provide capital/revenue support to increase participation in grass roots football; to strengthen the links between football and the community and to harness its potential as a force for good in society. The Foundation operates a number of grant schemes.