Grants and funding

Small Grants Scheme - Arts, Sports and Youth

There is a small grant scheme available to residents and organisations based in Woking which is outlined below.

The Sports Grants of this scheme are administered by Woking Sports Council and we welcome applications throughout the year (please note that funds become available in April each year and are dealt with on a first come, first served basis until the funds are spent). Please see below for further information.

Funding is now available for 2016/17:

There is a small grants scheme available to those residing or located within the borough, which is awarded to individuals or clubs that would like to:

  1. enhance or improve equipment and/or facilities for individual or group performances;
  2. develop and expand the range of activities;
  3. increase participation and the number of members;
  4. provide specified specialist coaching or training for individuals or groups to achieve (1), (2) or (3) above;
  5. fund innovations or new events requiring initial support.

The funds are available to expand the role or performance of recipients and should not be available for routine expenses or to support an existing programme.

There is a maximum award of £500 for exceptional projects with an average award of £275. Applications must include evidence that the applicant is contributing a minimum level of 50% to the cost of the scheme from either personal or other sources. There is a limit of one application per individual or group in any Council year. A minimum 40% proportion of grant funds is available for individual applications.

Please allow 6 weeks for a response once your application has been submitted.

For those applying for a youth grant, please note that applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis by Woking Youth Council. Please ensure that your application is submitted at least three months prior to your activity.

Application forms and grant criteria are available to download via an e-form. If you have any problems downloading the form, please contact 01483 743804 for a paper copy to be sent out.

Woking Borough Council Community Grants

The grants scheme aims to support those projects and services which further the aims of Woking“s Community Strategy, which seeks to tackle the needs of the Borough by working in partnership with local organisations. Criteria for the Community Grants Scheme has been drawn up. For the purpose of the scheme, the Council has adopted a definition of a community organisation. A number of sports clubs have been successful applying for this grant. For more information please visit the community grants page.

Woking Association of Voluntary Services

Woking Association of Voluntary Service provides funding advice and support for; sports clubs, voluntary, charitable and community groups. Please contact the Funding Adviser Gill Cossey for comprehensive advice about where and how to seek funding for your group. To speak to Gill ring her on 01483 541713 or email him at

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External Funding Opportunities

Listed below are several other available sources of funding. If you are thinking of applying to one of them, please feel free to contact or phone 01483 743804, as we may have previous successful examples that you can take a look at to help you in your application.

  • Sportivate
  • Sport England Small Grants
  • GLL Sports Foundation Grant
  • The Community Foundation for Surrey
  • Awards For All
  • Surrey High Sherrif Youth Council Awards
  • Surrey County Playing Fields Association
  • Cash4Clubs
  • Community Sport Activation Fund
  • McDonalds Kickstart Grants.


As part of Sport England's mass participation legacy programme 'Places, People, Play' the Sportivate programme commenced in April 2011 and provides a range of attractive and sustainable sporting activities for 14-25 year olds who are not choosing to participate in sport during their own time, or are doing so for a very limited amount of time.

Sportivate is for both adult and junior sports providers. Funding is currently available for organisations wising to attract and retain 11-25 year olds in sport.

Sportivate can contribute to facility hire, coaching fees, equipment, qualifications and marketing costs. Sports providers are asked to deliver a minimum of six weeks of coaching to new participants.

95% of applications from Surrey are successful. Active Surrey achieves such a high success rate by working closely with sports providers to develop their applications by giving continuous guidance and support.

**Sportivate Coaching Bursary** The bursary aims to cover 75% of a UKCC Level 1 or UKCC Level 2 coaching course. The goal is to up-skill coaches in delivering participation sport in Surrey. Note: The Surrey Coaching Bursary is only open to individuals linked to a club or organisation that has delivered a Sportivate project through Active Surrey. You will receive further guidance upon a successful Sportivate application..

For more information see the Active Surrey webpage.

Sport England Small Grants

Small Grants uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport.

If you are considering applying for a grant we would encourage you to complete the pre-application checklist as a first step. To find out more about the fund in general visit the Sport England webpage.

GLL Sport Foundation Sports Grant

The GLL Sport Foundation is one of the leading independent supporters of young sporting talent in the South of England; having currently provided funding and training grants to over 2000 athletes across 60 different sports at a value of over £1.5million.

The GLL Sport Foundation in partnership with our partners, sponsors and supporters provides tangible support (financial awards and training membership awards) for talented young sports men and women across South England.

For more details please go to the website.

The Community Foundation for Surrey

The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust raising the level of giving and building permanent community funds. It awards grants to local community and voluntary groups who make a real difference to people's lives and the quality of life in their communities. These grants are awarded from a growing programme of charitable funds established by individuals, families, companies and trusts who want to support local community projects in Surrey. For more details on how to apply please visit the website.

Awards for All

Awards for All England offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities, and the lives of people within them. It is for voluntary and community groups, schools and health organisations, parish and town councils. For more information or an application form please visit their website.

Surrey High Sherrif Youth Council Awards

Last year close to £55,000 was awarded to projects that met the criteria. The application process is a simple one; just two sides of A4 or on-line. Very few applications are refused and the assessor will also try to suggest other funding opportunities. For further information and application forms please visit

Surrey County Playing Fields Association

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for equipment, initial set-up costs, disabled facilities, new activities, special events and courses for judges and coaches.

Grants of up to a maximum of £1,000 but usually of £500, are available for children's play equipment, holiday schemes and playgroups. Grants for on-going revenue costs are not available. Contact the SCPFA local development officer for help and more details: Dr R Elsdon-Dew, Heath Cottage, Heath Drive, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, KT20 7QS. Tel. 01737 812781 or email

Cash 4 Clubs

Cash 4 Clubs which was set up to facilitate fundraising for community sports clubs throughout the country has announced that its grants programme has re-opened for applications. Cash 4 Clubs offers all sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1000. It is aimed at giving community clubs a helping hand and provide the opportunity to raise the money they need to invest in their club.

Funding is available for a wide range of activities and can include funding to help with the coaching of young children or perhaps a grant to help buy a new boat or help renovate current facilities. Since 2008 over £100,000 has been given out in grants to 139 community sports clubs across the UK . No preference is given to types of sport or the age of people involved with the club, as long as the sports clubs that an active role in the community. Applications to be submitted at any time via the website.

Community Sport Activation Fund

This is a £40 million revenue fund developed to support grassroots activity at a very local level aimed at projects intended to increase 1 x 30mins per week participation. Projects could be for up to three years and the grants will range from £50,000 - £250,000 with partnership funding required. Multi sport applications involving a number of partners are encouraged. Check Sport England website for further details


McDonalds KickStart Grants

The aim of the programme is to support community football throughout the UK. A total of £75,000 was available in 2013 through the McDonalds Kick Start scheme and local community football teams can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,500 for activities such as:

  • Improving club facilities
  • Grounds-keeping tools
  • Training courses
  • Pitch hire
  • Van hire
  • Washing machines for kit; etc.

Individuals can apply for a grant on behalf of their club, as long as they are recognised by their national FA, and have at least one team at or below junior (U18) level. Applicants must be over 18 and involved with the club at some level, such as a coach, volunteer or parent. Visit the website for more details and to apply.

Other External Sources

There are a whole variety of external funding bodies that local groups, clubs, organisations and individuals can access. In order to help you to find the most relevant schemes, Active Surrey have a database listing the available funds along with their criteria.

Active Surrey Funding Search