FUNDING: Opportunities Through Sport – next deadline 1 April

This fund supports sport and physical activity at a grassroots level which enables people across the UK who are physically, mentally, socially or economically disadvantaged to develop personal and life skills to fulfil their potential.

Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) in UK can apply to this scheme from the Peter Harrison Foundation.

The grants can be used for a variety of purposes, such as new sports programmes, improving existing sports facilities, or providing training and support for sports coaches.

The trustees welcome applications for physical activity initiatives that:

  • provide a focus for skills development and confidence building
  • have a strong training and/or educational theme
  • provide specialised sporting equipment or facilities required to open opportunities
  • have a high degree of involvement from beneficiaries and those with lived experience
  • have a plan for sustainability and seek to deliver a lasting legacy.

There are two levels of funding:

  • Major grants of between £5,001 and £30,000
  • Small grants of up to £5,000.

Priority is given to organisations with an annual turnover of up to £500,000.

The trustees meet quarterly to consider applications. The deadlines for each quarter are:

  • 1 January
  • 1 April
  • 1 July
  • 1 October.

For full details and to apply, visit the Peter Harrison Opportunities Through Sport webpage.