Sports Forum Funding Workshop Offer
Do you need up to £10k to develop your club offer?
Can you come to a workshop on Tuesday 24th January, 2.30-4.30pm at Civic Offices?
The Swindon Sports Forum recognises that Swindon sports clubs are not getting their fair share of small grant funding. Despite informing clubs about sources of external funding that are available, the evidence still shows that few clubs are applying.
The Sports Forum would like to support sports clubs to be mentored through the process of applying for a small grant from start to finish. They are working with Oaks and WASP to offer this opportunity. The key function of Oaks is charitable and statutory grant funding. Oaks’ Grant Funding Team is vastly experienced in accessing this type of funding and they do so through managing the application process for their clients, from research and identification through to planning, writing and submitting the application.
The aim of the offer:
- to work with clubs to guide them through an application process from start to submitting the application
- to empower clubs to continue to make funding applications by equipping them with the tools to identify, plan and write their own applications in the future
- increase clubs’ understanding and knowledge of how to access grant funding opportunities and make themselves ‘grant-ready’
The objectives are:
- To simplify the Sport England Small Grant application and Big Lottery Awards for All application, by walking through the process and identifying all of the key information to complete the form, potential pitfalls and key themes/trigger points which are likely to appeal to the funder.
- To work with you as a club to write and submit an application on your behalf. This will involve 1-2-1 discussions with clubs to develop project ideas and communicating remotely to gather required information and develop projects and application content.
- By guiding you through this process and initial application, to empower you to feel confident in your ability to submit funding applications so that you can continue to access grant funding beyond the initial scope of the programme in the future.
The Sports Forum wants this to be more than a ‘quick win’ grant process where you access one grant only; they want the legacy to be that you are able to access grant funding opportunities independently moving forward. Often, the main barriers to doing so are a lack of understanding/awareness of opportunities available, people thinking that it will be too difficult or time consuming and people simply not having the time to write an application, especially when they don’t even have an idea of where to start. This workshop will help to dispel these pre-conceptions as not accurate – helping you to realise that you are more than capable of accessing grant funding and it is worth investing time into as the returns can be substantial. The Sports Forum will help you to see that it is easier than perhaps you thought and you do not need to be ‘experts’ to complete the application.
Room 1, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, SN1 2JH
Date and time:
Tuesday 24th January 2017 2.30-4.30pm
To ensure commitment, after the initial briefing, for those clubs who wish to take up this offer of support, the Sports Forum will charge £50 per club – which will be refunded if bid is not successful (payable to Swindon Sports Forum).
Any Swindon sports club who;
- has not received funding through the Sport England Small Grants programme or Big Lottery Awards for All in the past 12 months
- has obtained, or is willing to work towards, Swindon Sports Forum Level 1 accreditation
- will commit to completing the process/application
- meets the eligibility criteria as outlined by the funders
It would be beneficial to attend the workshop with at least some preliminary thoughts around potential projects for which you would like to receive funding. Therefore, if you could have a look at Appendix 1 and begin to develop a project in line with the questions outlined that would be extremely helpful.
For further information relating to the Sport England Small Grants programme, please see this guidance document. For further information on the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme, please see their guidance.
NB Clubs wishing to take up this offer will be ineligible for a Swindon Sports Forum Club grant in 2017.
Please contact Gladys Barr, Sport Development and Partnership manager, Swindon Borough Council for further information and to book your place on the course:
email@example.com, 01793 465400, 07768 687986
PROJECT PLANNING QUESTIONS – please think about these prior to the meeting
- What do you want your project to achieve?
- How does this link to your organisational aims?
- Who do you want to engage in the project? (age groups, target groups, specific communities)
- What are their specific challenges?
- How will you recruit this group of people onto your project (do you already work with them? Will you need to work in partnership to access the group?)
- How big is the potential audience? How many people do you want to engage?
- How will you promote these opportunities to this group?
- What do you want to deliver to these people? (weekly sessions, tournaments, coach training etc.)
- How often will these activities take place?
- What do you need to enable you to deliver these activities? (e.g. equipment, facilities, resources)
- Who will deliver these activities and what will their role be? (staff paid at a sessional rate, volunteers etc.)
- What costs are associated with the delivery? (do you/your partners have any financial contributions (cash or in-kind)?)
- How long will your project last?
- What evidence do you have to demonstrate the need and demand for the project? (Have you consulted with your target group? Do you have waiting lists etc.)
- If you haven’t consulted – what is the plan for this? (surveys, focus groups, interviews etc. how will you carry this consultation out?)
- Is there a good strategic fit – does your project compliment local strategies?
- What data do you have to support the need? (Or where can you obtain the required data?)
- Can you use your existing work to evidence your successful track record delivering these activities/working with these people?