Funding Opportunities

Funding & Resources

Funding for Individuals and Clubs
In general, as you will see from the list of funders, below, funding is mostly for voluntary organisations such clubs, or County Associations such as Herts Badminton Association and Community Badminton Networks. This does not stop, perhaps encourages, clubs to think of applying for their members in terms of club development.
Tesco Bags of Help now includes indoor sport with funding categories of £1000, £2000, £4000.  Click here for more information and application. 1Jan18  

Torch Trophy Trust
Torch Trophy Trust are able to supply bursaries for volunteers who are looking to develop their skills.

 £100 - £1000 is available and support is required from the NGB (not necessarily financial), the fund can pay for up to 50% of the total project cost.



new website - now with information to back applications - see the 'Research' section.

Resources can come from a variety of sources. If you want help, contact Herts Badminton Development Co-ordinator Dave Bartlett
Want to collect club, tournament or coaching payments by credit card?
The cheapest, izettle, sells a mobile card reader for £99 and even if you only take £25 per month it takes only £1 of it!   The more you sell the cheaper it gets.  Even Big Issue magazine sellers are you using them to sell their £2.50 magazines.  Great online and Excel reporting tools on sales, too.
Free webkit and website for non-profit organisations and clubs 
If you haven't already built a web site for your charity or not for profit community group  the internet is a great way to be seen - and a great way to reach out to people. That's why BT have launched the BT Community Web Kit: click here to go to the website with details, etc. 

'Club Leaders', Learning modules for clubs by Sport England, currently:

Simple Finance, Marketing, Organisation Structures, Managing
Capital Projects:  Click here

 Sport England Hall Design Guidance
          Developing the Right Sports Hall
          Sports Halls Design and Layouts
             Badminton Design Note

Funding for Individuals

Torch Trophy Trust (as above)
Torch Trophy Trust are able to supply bursaries for volunteers who are looking to develop their skills.  £100 - £1000 is available and support is required from the BE (not necessarily financial), the fund can pay for up to 50% of the total project cost.
Herts Talented Athlete Programme Annually

Once again the Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme is offering Hertfordshire’s most talented young athletes the opportunity to access high quality services to assist them in their sport.

Based at Hertfordshire Sports Village and supported by the University of Hertfordshire, Herts County Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Herts Is Ready For Winners, the programme has been supporting talented athletes for 9 years during which time a number of these have ‘graduated’ to higher levels of support such as the national government funded programme TASS, UKA funding and various University Sports Scholarship programmes. Please click this link on

Click these links:   Application

Best regards
Sarah Grybowicz

Sports Scholarships Coordinator, University of Hertfordshire
Direct Line: 01707 281183


Local Authorities and Parish or Town Councils

Many have funds for exceptional performers, e.g.county squad level, but very few, if  any, for grass roots individuals: each however, is different  and may be worth investigating. For example,
East Herts Council have some Community Grants. Go to or speak to Tracy Matthews on 01992 531616 or email  or Claire Pullen on 01992 531459 or The East Herts Community Sport Network, Active East Herts, has previously had a Club Development Fund but this year is working more closely with the Council. Go to Alternatively talk to Fay Turner at the East Herts and Broxbourne CVS who can provide advice on a wide range of funding options both specific to East Herts and more general options. Her contact details are or 01920 487888. 
Hatfield Town Council
provides grants in total of £2000 per year (but gets requests for £9000).  Click here for application details.
ARISE Hatfield upto £1000 for clubs in Hatfield (from  WHSPAA website)
Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation subsidises Level 2 courses, click here.
Watford Bursary
The links to each of the Herts Local Authorities pages can be found here.

The Ray Learney  Memorial Fund 

In memory of Ray Learney  who provided many coaching sessions for players of all levels and abilities, funding is available through HBA for those aged 16 - 23 (older ages at the committee's discretion) who need assistance to fund their coaching course. Click here for application information and form..


Herts Talented Athlete Scheme
Free Use of facilities for County players 11-28 years: several sports centres have signed up - see the Herts Talented Athlete Scheme (Welwyn Hatfield contacts).

Herts Sports Partnership
Several funding streams are available. For information on this topic see Herts Sports
Partnerships page on
Key Sources of Funding

1.   Bursaries are available for coaching award courses at Level 2 or above, and for other CPD courses aimed at qualified coaches.

2.   Applicationscan be made for a bursary of up to £500 towards the total cost of a coaching qualification, up to a maximum of 50% of the cost.

Only CoachMark coaches are eligible (click here) and to qualify you must live or coach in Hertfordshire.

Funding  for Clubs
Many of our Local Authorities provide funds
Look on your LA website
ARISE Hatfield upto £1000 for clubs in Hatfield (from WHSPAA website)
SE Community Activation Fund
The Community Sport Activation Fund is a £40 million Lottery revenue fund developed to support grassroots activity at a very local level. Click here to go to the CAF webpage..

Awards for All which gives grants from £300 – £10,000. Since 1 June, they have been running a six month pilot where they will now fund repeat or on-going activities.
This means that if you’ve been running a pensioners group for several years, you can apply to
them to fund it for a year. If you run summer playschemes, you can ask them to fund the next one. It doesn’t matter whether they or someone else has funded the activities before.  Click here.

New Funding 4 Sport website 
  • Over 80 Sports Funding Streams Specific to Sport and Physical Activity
  • Local and Regional Specific Sport and Physical Activity Funding
  • Sports Specific Funding for Sports Coaches
  • Sports Specific Funding for Workforce Development
  • Over 20 Completed Examples of Sports Funding Applications
  • Over 30 typical questions asked by Sports Funders and a range of perfect answers to those questions
  • Sports Funding Calculator
  • A list and link to every Local Authority Sports and Physical Activity website
  • Sportivate Page with example bids, and answers to Sportivate questions
  • Sponsorship Page
  • Fundraising page
  • Alternative forms to attract funding into your Sports Club
  • And Over 2,000 documents including; related to sport, play and physical activity that include; templates, forms, toolkits, policies, research, strategies and whole rangeof support materials that will help you develop your organisation

Is a paid for newsletter which clubs would need to register for. It will provide you with monthly e-mails about opportunities for clubs to gain funding. For more information clickhere.
Local Authorities and Community Sport Networks
Most of Herts 11 Local Authorities have funds to assist  club development but this may be only through the local Community Sport Network.  To find your Local authority see the Herts Local Authorities pages can be found here. For Community Sport Networks (via HSP website) click here
Town & Parish Council's are also a source of funds for individuals and clubs. There are 100+ in the county.  Hatfield Town Council, for example, has funded many junior football clubs, netball clubs and senior clubs over years. Click here to go  to the contact list of Herts Town and Parish Councils.
The Member Locality Budget was launched in 2009. Each elected member of the County Council has £10,000 to spend on worthwhile projects in their community that promote social, economic or environmental wellbeing. Applications for funding can be submitted by community groups and organisations.  Click here to go to Herts County Council's information webpage.
Herts Grass Roots Grants - up  to £5000 until 31st March 2011
See their website.

Applications are considered monthly and notification is sent 'within 5days'.   Assistance in applying can be obtained via the local Council for Voluntary Services office. Most applications are successful.  See this and other  funding available via the CVS funding webpage:. 

Sport England Grass Roots Grants

These are available to fund development programmes up to £10,000. Several Herts Badminton Clubs and Community Badminton Networks have already successfully applied. Help is available from Herts Badminton Officer, see HBA Committee page for contact destails.

Cash 4Clubs
Cash 4 Clubs is a sports grants scheme which provides funding to support grass roots UK sports clubs. It gives clubs a chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1000.Grants can be to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coachingqualifications, or generally invest in the sustainability of the club. However, they do not make it clear what the proportion of successful bidsis.

Sport England's 'AWARDS for ALL' has Changed

Previously 'Awards for All' wasavailable through Sport England, now only via the  Big Lottery Fund and ithas to have community benefits rather than purely sport  .  It hasbeen replaced by the Small Grants (up to £10,000) which is available purely forsport.  Awards for All information can be obtained here..Assistance is likely to be required if considering this fund, please contact Herts Badminton Officer, see HBA Committee page for contact destails

HealthCharities that will help Clubs and Individuals

Peoples Health Trust grant aid fund.

Using money raised through 51 society lotteries, the People’s Health Trust gives grants to health-related causes - £5000 - £10,000.  Click here.

The Wells Sports Foundation [for clubs]

The Wells Sports Foundation is a new sporting charity which aims to providefinancial and motivational support to sustainable grassroots sports projects.The aim of the Foundation is to make a difference by promoting good health andhealthy recreation, to motivate and encourage young people to take up sports as a lifelong activity.  Grantsbetween £500 and £2,000 are available to projects that aim to support thedevelopment and sustainability of sports clubs. Examples of grant applicationsinclude the purchasing of equipment, CRB’s for volunteers and coaching qualifications.

TheFoundation also have a team of world class athletes who can visit schools, sportclubsand other voluntary organisations to provide inspiration and role models toyoung people.

For more information about the eligibility criteria and to apply for funding, please visit The Wells Sports Foundation website.

The Dickie Bird Foundation [for individuals]

The vision of the Foundation is to assist financially disadvantaged young people under 18 years of age to participate, to the best of their ability, in the sportof their choice irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside andoutside sport.

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Sylvia Adams Trust
New areas for funding:
Children  and young people:

Work  which addresses the problems of children at risk of neglect and a lack of  appropriate parenting

Supporting  looked after children and those leaving the care system

Addressing  the needs of those children and young people who have missed out on mainstream  educational and training opportunities

Challenging  activities, sport and the arts

People  with a disability:

Cultural  and sporting opportunities

Access  into employment 

Grants for Young People - The Live UnLtd programme
has grants of up to £5,000 (the average grant is £1,500) to help young people
aged 11 - 21 turn an idea to make the world a better place into a reality.
Non-financial support is also available

Inspired Facilities

Sport England has launched a £50 million
fund which can help voluntary and community groups with an interest in running sporting activity. Inspired Facilities is Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, it is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.


Every Little Helps 

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000.
The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit children, the elderly and adults
and children with disabilities, living in the local communities around Tesco
stores in the UK.
Next deadline: 30 September.

Organisations that help find or advise on funding
After registering and specifying your interest, the Grantnet website will search across 4000 organisations to find funding.  Click here

Herts Sports Partnership's very useful webpages on sources of funding
click here 

Herts County Council's Website to help find funding of all sorts - youwill need to register
:  click here
If you (or your friends and family) require legal services, and your club is registered with us, please contact MWR quoting “Funds4Clubs scheme” and we will do the rest.

Top Tips for Applying to Grant-making Trusts and Foundations

By making sure you apply to the correct trust or foundation with the right application, you are more likely to get the positive results you want. Click here
Other charities require some individual research and a list can be obtained from the HBA Development Co-ordinator, Dave Bartlett,  email.
Set up your Club as Good Cause to attract funding via EasyFundRaising website

Fund Raising for clubs  information can also be obtained from the HBA Development  Co-ordinator, Dave Bartlett,  email

Funding for new Facilities information can also be obtained from the HBA Development  Co-ordinator, Dave Bartlett,  email



Dates for Your Diary

HBA January Newsletter - with photos

General Data Protection Regulations Come into Force 25th May
This impacts all clubs and organisations that hold personal data. 
While Badminton England Head office will be preparing draft template policies and procedures and templates for clubs and organisations to use to comply with the new regulations you can read/download now the authoratative Information Commissioner's Office document on the background and the steps need to comply here.  
Update your Email Preferences or miss important information
Please can you remind all your members that they need to update their email preferences on the new Badminton England Go Membership system,  otherwise they will not receive any communication from them.

They should have received a generic message directly from Badminton England once you affiliated your club and all your members but Badminton England have advised that some members have not carried out this simple task.

It only takes a few minutes and  click here for a brief guide which shows members how to do this.

It is important to note that if members do not update this section they will default to “ Do Not Contact” and Badminton England will not send them any future communication. 

Colin Walker, HBA Membership Secretary