Funding

We support the physical activity and sport sector in London to find funding and use it in the best way plays a vital part in our efforts to get the capital more active.

That’s why we offer a range of services to support partners and individuals to secure new funding.


Search for funding

Use our free online tool to search for the latest funding available for physical activity and sport in London. The Funding Search Tool allows you to view available grants by borough and offers a guided search to enable you to find the funding that suits your needs.

You can view all current funders and what grants they have and create a free profile to save searches and grants. As well as our Funding Search Tool, we have a short guide to help you when searching for funding for your physical activity project.

This guide provides some introductory guidance for those trying to develop and fundraise for a physical activity project, as opposed to a traditional sports project. We outline the types of projects that can receive funding, who the key funders are, and provide considerations when developing the project.


Help with funding bids

Funding bids are often complicated, long and can be difficult to write while successful bids are well written and have supporting information, such as local insight.

How do you make sure that your application stands out from the competition? Here’s a few questions to ask yourself when writing your application:

  • Do you have data and insight to support your bid? Our Insight and Data Portal can provide the information to support your bid.
  • Is your project realistic and financially feasible?
  • Do you meet the funder’s criteria and will your proposal stand out from others?
  • Do you ensure your organisation sounds capable and credible, with clear and measurable aims?
  • Are your bid outcomes in line with the funder’s?

We help you with understanding funding bids and what you need to do, to put together the best bid you can as well as a free Check and Challenge service.


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Funding for individuals

Use our Funding Search Tool (above) to guide you through what funding is available for your needs.

Alternatively, download our individual funding guide which explains what funding is available (such as bursaries towards a coaching qualification), where you can find it, and advice for applying.

From idea to funding application

This is a useful guide to help you develop an initial idea to the point where potential funders are asked to invest in it, such as considering the feasibility of your concept, building an evidence base and finding funding pots.

The Do’s and Don’ts when writing a funding application

This guide provides a set of do’s and don’ts when completing the final stage in the grant fundraising process, which is writing the application. The document starts with general do’s and don’ts, and then is divided by typical sections of a physical activity and sport application form.


Developing a strong evidence base

When writing an application to a public, lottery or trust funder an applicant will always be required to prove the need and that the concept is right to address that need.

A good way to start to consider your options is thinking about the type of evidence and the scale of evidence.

This is a short guide explaining these types of evidence, how to build evidence to support your concept, including how to build localised evidence, and where to find it.

Applying for facilities funding

Any organisation that is providing, or wants to provide, community facilities for physical activity and sport could gain funding for the development of those facilities, whether that be something entirely new or a refurbishment.

Applying for facilities funding can be a complex area so we’ve tried to help you by creating a short guide to get you started including practical and technical recommendations.

Securing sponsorship

Those delivering physical activity and sport who are in need of funding often overlook sponsorship as an opportunity to gain funding.

Yet, increasingly organisations are finding success in diversifying fundraising to include corporate funding, and sponsorship can be a great way of securing regular funding over a longer period.

Our simple guide offers some useful support if you are considering securing sponsorship.


Meet the Team

Melanie Antao is our Specialist Advisor for Funding and supports the physical activity and sport infrastructure and networks across London to access existing funding, and bring in new resources.

Mel builds and maintains relationships with major funders to secure funding and to advocate for funding across our sector and manages accounts across the funding commissions of London Sport Consultancy.

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