Grants of up to £2,021 available for 'sports for development' projects

Made By Sport 'Clubs in Crisis' Fund - application deadline now closed

The grant funding is not restricted and can be spent on core costs, programme or capital costs as long the group's activity is eligible.

Made by Sport (MBS) is a national charity aimed at raising awareness of, and funds for sport development. This fund has been created to support and save clubs (using sport to achieve social outcomes) from closure and to get them back on their feet following the Coronavirus pandemic.

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 other organisations to access funding which can help them to continue bringing sport and physical activity into young people’s lives.

Please note you can get free support and advice to apply to this fund from Sported - see foot of this page

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.

A few key points on this fund if you were wondering about applying:

  • It’s for groups with an annual turnover UNDER £75,000
  • Although it’s called ‘Clubs’ you don’t have to be a traditional sports club as such and can be a community group, youth project, CIC and charity
  • You don’t need to be ‘in crisis’ as such in terms of worst case scenario. You just need to meet criteria and deliver sport for development and need some funding to help that.
  • If you have some reserves in your bank account allocated to development work that’s okay
  • You don’t need match funding and you won’t be penalized for not having it to apply
  • If your answer yes to receiving Sport England funding previously in the first question that doesn’t stop you applying and will not reduce your chances, it is a question purely for insight to the funder

  • Development Outcomes

    The fund can only be used for groups running 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.

    To be eligible for Clubs in Crisis Funding

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

    • Registered charities

    • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)

    • Community Interest Companies (CICs) limited by guarantee

    • 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

    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.

    • Sport or physical activity which does not have an element of social purpose.

    Applicant FAQs for more information see the FAQs MBS FAQs for Applicants
    MBS FAQs


    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

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