This fund supports clubs and projects that use sport or physical activity to develop young people’s skills and improve their life chances.

We have teamed up with Made By Sport and UKCF to offer local sports clubs and organisations the opportunity to apply for grants that help support young people develop skills and community through sport or physical activity.

The fund will support clubs and projects that use sport or physical activity to develop young people’s skills and improve their life chances. We welcome applications from both sports clubs and other clubs working with young people aged 5 to 25. These can include: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, youth clubs, community centres, etc.

The term ‘physical activity’ is broad-ranging for this fund and may include any type of sport or activity that keeps young people active and meets one of the development outcomes below. It could be yoga, dancing, skateboarding, hiking, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award…

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on young people across the UK, and thanks to Made By Sport, we can offer this chance for sports clubs and organisations to access vital funding which can help them to continue bringing sport and physical activity into young people’s lives.

Grants of £2,021 are available.

For this particular fund, we are distributing funds in Essex as well as Cambridgeshire. Organisations should continue to contact Essex Community Foundation directly for any/all other funding needs.

Note to applicants: Made By Sport is offering the opportunity thanks to support from the Cash4Clubs scheme. The Cash4Clubs scheme is funded by Flutter Entertainment Ltd. The donation being made by Flutter is the amount it benefitted from as a result of business rates relief, which was put in place from March 2020 to March 2021 for its shops in England. All applicants should be aware of this before applying for funding.

Development Outcomes

The fund will only fund sport for development projects which work towards one or more of the following outcomes:

Developing Life Skills

We will support projects which develop the soft skills that will ultimately improve the life chances of young people, specifically projects and organisations that work towards any of the six key areas of life skills development identified by the WHO:

1. Communication and interpersonal skills
2. Decision-making and problem solving
3. Creative thinking and critical thinking
4. Self-awareness and empathy
5. Assertiveness and self-control
6. Resilience

Improving Mental Health

We will support projects and organisations that promote positive mental health through physical activity, which:

  • Achieve increased confidence and resilience
  • Encourage positive social interaction
  • Specifically address mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or ADHD
  • Focus on general wellbeing and wellness

Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

We will support projects and organisations that reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, either through providing diversionary activities at key times, or through modifying and promoting positive behaviour.

Developing Employability Skills

We will support projects and organisations which either develop employability skills or those which provide actual pathways to employment. We will prioritise projects working towards one of the following three outcomes, for young people aged 16 and above:

1. Communication and interpersonal skills, including working well with others.
2. Reliability and dependability, including meeting deadlines and turning up on time.
3. The ability and willingness to learn new skills, whether job-specific or more general.

In terms of specific pathways to employment, we will include funding for volunteer pathways and qualifications in sport.

Building Stronger Communities

We will support projects and organisations which build and rebuild communities, for example:

  • Those which encourage integration or bridge divides between groups of people.
  • Those providing opportunities for vulnerable or marginalised groups.
Eligibility Criteria

Grants of £2,021 are available.

Not-for-profit organisations must be legally registered as one of the following structures if their income is above £5,000:

  • Registered, exempt, and excepted charities
  • Parish and Town Councils, Village Halls, and Parochial Church Councils
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Social Enterprises which have the Social Enterprise Mark
  • Co-Operatives and Community Benefit Societies (formerly Industrial and Provident Societies)
  • Sports clubs that are either Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs), affiliated with a National Governing Body such as Badminton England, or have an income under £5,000

All applicants must attach Supporting Documentation to their applications. For guidance on what is required, please visit our How to Apply page.

We cannot fund:

  • Organisations that are unable to demonstrate that the pandemic has affected them, either operationally or financially.
  • Organisations with an annual turnover of over £75,000.
  • Organisations that are not working towards one of the five sport for development outcomes above.
  • Projects for beneficiaries outside the ages 5-25. Priority will be placed on organisations promoting sport primarily for young people aged 5-25 (and that have less than 10% of their membership outside of this age range).
  • Sport or physical activity with no element of social purpose.
  • Debt repayment or retrospective funding.
Applicant FAQs
Additional Support


Are you interested in applying for this fund but would like some FREE support and advice to do so? If so, you may be interested in joining Sported (, a free membership organisation that supports grassroots organisations that provide sport and physical activity for young disadvantaged people.

Sported provide a wide range of services to support organisations like yours to help you continue the great work you do in your communities. This includes support and advice on subjects such as governance, budgeting, marketing, planning as well as fundraising and applying for funding.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Sported’s East of England Regional Manager, Rob Danson, on

Active Essex

Greater Essex based groups and clubs that require support with their applications, or advice with restarting their activities or finding alternative funds should visit Active Essex’s return to play page or contact Lee Monk on

Examples of Funded Projects

High Heritage received £2,000 to hold a moving sports club for the summer holidays for 50 young black people, including outdoor aerobics, football, basketball, running games and outdoor fitness exercises.

Cottenham United Ladies FC received £2,021 to continue to run and purchase new kit and equipment to benefit 130 young people.

PROJECT:ME (Mind Empower) CIC received £2,021 to support 200 young people explore how physical activity and positive mental health can be an advantage to their self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing through means of interactive workshops (online and face-to-face) using physical activity and the creative arts (dance, fitness, yoga).

Maru Karate Kai received £2,021 to allow continuation of Zoom classes as a support function and to cover venue hire to kick start in-person sessions.

Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations, sports clubs

Maximum grant

Eligible area
Cambridgeshire, Essex

14th November 

The Clubs In Crisis Fund will remain open on a rolling call basis until all funds are distributed so please apply as soon as possible. The fund will close for applications on Sunday 14th November 2021. However, we may decide to close for applications earlier than this and within a relatively short space of time if all the funds are distributed.

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