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:

The objectives are:

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;

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:
gbarr@swindon.gov.uk, 01793 465400, 07768 687986


PROJECT PLANNING QUESTIONS – please think about these prior to the meeting





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