This fund offers grants up to £6,000 to organisations supporting people who are disadvantaged or disabled to benefit from the pleasures of sport.

Who can apply?
Non-profit organisations
Maximum grant
Up to £6,000
Eligible area
1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November

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About the funder

John Stewart strongly believed in the importance of sport for a happy, healthy and fulfilled life, even when increasingly disabled by the prostate cancer that took his life.

Through his diving and cycling tours, he discovered the world and its rich mix of people; Rowing, swimming and keep fit in Cambridge were central to his friendships and family life; watching (successful!) cricket and rugby surrounded by friends was one of the great pleasures left to him when disabled by illness; and his physical fitness helped him fight the disease to the end.

John was not a natural sportsman but his great mantra was “there is a sport for everyone, you just have to find it”.

The aim of this fund is to help others, particularly the reluctant, disabled or disadvantaged to discover and benefit from the pleasures of sport. The fund also assists those who, due to sudden illness or disability, need additional support to enable them to participate in the sports they previously enjoyed, or to discover new activities.

The fund is supported by a capital sum that has been enhanced by a government match under the Community First Programme. Each year, this invested sum produces income that adds to the money to the fund available to make grants.

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