Made by Sport grants

Made By Sport grants are for sports clubs or organisations working within the sport for development sector, which are able to demonstrate that the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially, and which require funding to save, resume or adapt their activity.

Amounts available: £2,021

Group annual income: Maximum £75,000

Type of cost:  Unrestricted so can be for core/running costs, as well as project or capital costs

Timescales: Grant to be spent within 12 months

Closing date: Friday 21st May 2021 at midday


Made By Sport is a charity that raises awareness of the power of sport to change lives, and raises funds for organisations doing just that.

As grassroots sport once again begins its phased return across the UK, it is now essential we use the power of sport to build back better for our young people. Sport and community clubs need to play a vital role in our recovery. This Made By Sport funding aims to create something which will leave a long-lasting, positive legacy for the future of young people.

It is estimated that sport returns £4 for every £1 spent on reductions in spending on crime, truancy and ill health. Young people who are physically active thanks to their local sports clubs and organisations can show up to seven times better levels of teamwork, six times better levels of greater resilience and five times better communication skills.

Made By Sport research has revealed that before the pandemic, over 40% of local community sports clubs were either in deficit or just breaking even. The pandemic has put over 25% of community clubs at risk of permanent closure.


We are looking for applications from clubs or organisations which intentionally use sport to deliver wider social outcomes. Sport for development is defined as the intentional use of sport to achieve other social outcomes. The organisations we are looking for operate mostly in disadvantaged communities, often working collaboratively with other partners to meet local need, and may offer cross-sector activities.

Applicants should be clubs and organisations constituted and operating within the UK such as:

  • Charities registered in the UK
  • Social enterprises and community interest companies
  • Other not for profit organisations.

Your annual turnover must be £75,000 or under for your last full financial year. You will need to provide your accounts to prove this.

  • Priority 1 – income up to £25,000
  • Priority 2 – income up to £50,000
  • Priority 3 – income up to £75,000
  • The beneficiaries must be people (not an individual), rather than animals and the environment more generally.
  • We will fund ongoing running costs, one-off events or a programme of events.
  • The number of people participating will be considered and proportional funding assigned as appropriate.
  • The project budget must be itemised and well costed, indicating where other funds have been secured.
  • The project MUST be completed within 12 months of application.
  • Funds cannot be awarded to cover costs already paid for.
Preferred beneficiaries and outcomes

Preferred beneficiaries:

  • Young people aged 5-25
  • The priority is those organisations that have less than 10% of their membership outside of this age range

Eligible clubs and organisations should be able to demonstrate that they are using sport to work towards one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Developing life skills
  • Building strong communities
  • Improving mental health
  • Developing employability skills
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

Examples of projects are available for reference if required. More details on these preferred outcomes are available in downloads at the bottom of this page. We recommend you read these before making your application.

The application process will allow you to demonstrate how your projects and organisations are working towards one or more of these outcomes.

what to expect

Please read the general eligibility criteria at the bottom of this page, which give an overview of the criteria for all our grants programmes.

The online application form will require you to supply specified documentation showing evidence of good governance, as well as an appropriate referee. Your organisation needs to have minimum one year of operation; if you have been constituted for less than one year but have been active for longer, please demonstrate this activity.

Your application will be reviewed by the OCF grants panel by the end of June 2021. Successful grants will be paid within six weeks of notification of success. Your project and grant monitoring must be completed within 12 months of application. We are interested in our grants being used as match funding to leverage other funds for your club or organisation, and how it can be used to ensure the sustainability of your club. Grant monitoring surveys will be sent out in May, July and October.

dates and timings

Early applications are always appreciated.

Opening date Closing date (midday)
Monday 12th April 2021 Friday 21st May 2021

Before you start your application, please read the full eligibility criteria. 
We also recommend that you read the download documents, available at the bottom of this page. 


Note to applicants: Made By Sport is offering this opportunity thanks to support from the Cash4Clubs scheme. The Cash4Clubs scheme is funded by Flutter Entertainment Ltd. The donation being made by Flutter is the amount it benefitted from as a result of business rates relief, which was put in place from March 2020 to March 2021 for its shops in England. All applicants should consider this before applying for funding.

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