Sports clubs can apply now for grants of £250, £500, £750 and £1,000 which can be used for anything that will add to the sustainability and effectiveness of their club. This includes buying new equipment, improving facilities or helping members to gain coaching qualifications.
No preference is given to the type of sport involved or the ages of people who will benefit from the project, but priority will be given to clubs that play an active role in their local community.
Previous funding has gone for a range wide of activities, including:
§ Training for coaches to ensure they are all level 1 standard.
§ Junior paddles and safety equipment.
§ An underwater camera for monitoring swimmers' technique.
§ Equipment for a golf club team.
§ Racing wheelchair and other athletics equipment.
§ New rugby kit, tackle bags, balls and corner flags.
§ Kit for a junior netball team.
§ Tennis court resurfacing.
§ Tennis ball machine and new balls and nets.
§ Floor mats and low balance beams.
§ First aid training for coaches and new first aid equipment.
§ Lifejackets, radios and paddles.
§ Developing links with local disability schools to get more disabled kids to play cricket.
§ Funds for a new floor.
§ Purchase of Dojang matting.
This highly competitive scheme, which has been running since 2008, offers two rounds of funding each year. Out of the 800 applications submitted from across the UK in February, only 33 clubs were awarded grants totalling up to £20,000. In the last six years, more than £261,000 has been given in grants to 327 community sports clubs across the UK.
The Cash 4 Clubs scheme is funded by Betfair and is supported by SportsAid, the charity for sports people.
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2014.
Full details and an online application form can be found on the Cash 4 Clubs website