Grants/Awards information

If you have any questions about KCC funding or regional funding, please contact the local district council sports development officers who maybe able to offer assistance/advice – .

Two websites provide a way of searching for national and local grants:
Kent Sports Development Unit website
KENT 4 COMMUNITY

These are various grants and funds which athletes could use for funding (coaching, general and disability):

Grants - coaching assistance

Grant Name Detail Contact Information
Free Access for National Sports People (FANS) This scheme is part of a nationwide scheme which enables sports people of all ages currently performing at national level to gain free access to gain free access to many sports facilities (off-peak only). Over 50 facilities are involved. Details are available from the KCC Sports Development Unit who administer the scheme. T: 01622 605054, W: www.kentsport.org
The British Athletics Foundation For under 25 years old. Supports athletic pursuits and gives help with facilities/resources to support young people under 25 years to receive education or vocational training in athletic pursuits.  
Carnegie UK Trust This fund aims to help young people at risk by encouraging active participation and increasing the role and responsibility of young people in education and the community. Grants awarded are from £5,000 - £15,000 (approx). T: 01383 721445, W: www.carnegietrust.org.uk
Commander Collins Bursary Awarded to enable individuals or groups to increase their knowledge to assist their club, organisation or community to develop their chosen sport, by: providing funding for volunteers; enouraging and helping voluntary workers at club level; grants of up to £1k to individuals or groups; developing talent, increasing knowledge and improving skills; developing grass roots sport and recreation. Torch Trophy Trust - T: 0207 8548500
Kent Young People's Fund (KCC) Grants of £25-75 for young people to help them achieve a personal goal. T: 01622 694246, E: kycc@kent.gov.uk
Princes Trust The Princes Trust offers grants to talented young people disadvantaged by their personal circumstances, whether this be their home situation, unemployment, crime, drug abuse or disability. Funds may be awarded to groups or individuals to help with training or equipment purchases. T: 0207 5431234 or 0800 842842, W: www.princes-trust.org.uk
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) TASS awards Scholarships to talented athletes committed to combining their sport and education. It aims to reduce the drop-out of talented athletes from sport and supports and develops the talent of today for sporting success in the future. Grants available are scholarships (up to £3k for people up to 24 yrs old and studying), bursaries (up to £3k for 16-18 yr olds studying in further education or starting a job), 2012 Scholarships (available to athletes with potential to be a medallist in 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. www.tass.gov.uk/page.asp?id=4

Grants - general help

Grant name Detail Contact information
Free Access for National Sports People (FANS) See above See above
Sports Aid Young athletes only (for u17 to 24 year olds). The athlete should be ranked in the top three non funded (development, futures, podium) athletes in the country in their age group. U23 rankings are included here. A non-governmental organisation which obtains and distributes financial help to needy individuals who are preparing for a certain specified World or European Championships at senior or junior level. T: 0207 2731975, E: mail@sportsaid.org.uk, W: www.sportsaid.org.uk
Carnegie UK Trust See above T: 01383 721445, W: www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk
Ron Pickering Memorial Fund   W: www.rpmf.org.uk
Kent Young People's Fund (KCC) Grants of £25-75 for young people to help them achieve a personal goal. T: 01622 694246, E: kycc@kent.gov.uk
Princes Trust See above T: 0207 5431234 or 0800 842842, W: www.princes-trust.org.uk
World Class Pathway Programme (WCPP) WCPP is a programme of funding and support, administered by UK Sport, for those athletes who are identified as having the capacity to win medals in international competitions, ultimately at Olympic and Paralympics levels. W: www.uksport.gov.uk
The Tesco Charity Trust This scheme can provide one-off grants between £500-£4,000 to local community projects. The Tesco Charity Trust aims to provide funding for practical benefits, such as equipment and resources, for projects that directly help children, the elderly and those with disabilities. 0845 612 3575; Internet:
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) See above W: www. tass.gov.uk/page.asp?id=4
Small Capital Grant Scheme for Sport Grants for sports groups to improve facilities Chris Metherell T: 01622 605004; Chris.metherell@kent.gov.uk
Kent County Playing Fields Association (KCPFA) The KCPFA has recently launched ‘The Ivy Hawkes Bursary Award’ to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women, between the ages of 12 and 20, in Kent. The maximum award will be £300. W: www.kentpfa.org.uk

Grants - disabilities

Grant Name Detail Contact Information
Free Access for National Sports People (FANS) See above See above
The Lord's Taverners Their mission is to give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance. This is achieved by providing opportunities for young people under the age of 25 to participate in sport and recreation. Grant aid is available for equipment and enouraging participation in sporting and recreational activities within a group environment.  
Kent Paralympian Fund Open to individuals for 50% of the costs of preparing for the 2012 Paralympic Games Mike Bishop T: 01732 525389, E: mike.bishop@kent.gov.uk
The Tesco Charity Trust This scheme can provide one-off grants between £500-£4,000 to local community projects. The Tesco Charity Trust aims to provide funding for practical benefits, such as equipment and resources, for projects that directly help children, the elderly and those with disabilities. Submissions end 31/3/10 0845 612 3575; Internet:
Dickie Bird Foundation The foundation has the aim of helping disadvantaged young people (under 18) to participate in sport by funding the provision of facilities. Grants are for individuals or groups and will normally range from £500-£5,000. E: info@thedickiebirdfoundation.org, W: www.thedickiebirdfoundation.org

If you know of other relevant award and grant schemes that could be of use to AAC members then please email sstuart_smith@hotmail.com