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Bursary / Sponsorship Grants for Athletes

The bursary and sponsorship grants detailed here are most commonly open to individuals, whether children or adults, elite athletes or underprivileged.

You can also click enter keywords to search for relevant grants in our funding finder (to be linked).

The Rob George Foundation

Funding available: Usually not more than £3,000
Deadlines: None specified

The Rob George Foundation became established in January 2014 to provide bursary grants.

The Foundation, among other things, provides financial support to young people who demonstrate exceptional commitment and/or ability in the world of sport but may be held back by their financial situation from pursuing their goals.

Bursaries can be up to £3,000, but, in exceptional circumstances, more could be made available.

Dickie Bird Foundation

Funding available: Not specified
Deadlines: See website for meeting dates

The Dickie Bird Foundation offers grants to children under 16 years of age to participate in the sport of their choice, to the best of their ability, irrespective of their background, social circumstances, culture or ethnicity and to ensure that, in doing so, they improve their chances both inside and outside sport.

Children who, through no fault of their own, are disadvantaged, underprivileged, due to the financial situation of their family/guardians or carers are unable to follow or continue in the sport of their choice, can get help.

Grants are to help with the cost of clothing and equipment including bats, racquets, fencing swords, protective items etc for them to take part or continue in their chosen sport.

For more information call 07949 814222 or follow the link above.

John Weston Fund

Funding available: Up to £500
Deadlines: See website for details

Grants of up to £500 are available for young people aged 11 to 25 years for a range of activities including sporting excellence and for activities that build character, develop or improve skills and demonstrate a commitment to the community.

Applicants must live in South West Derbyshire or Duffield (eligibility is determined by postcode – a list is available on the John Weston Charitable Trust website).

The fund is administered by the Foundation Derbyshire and the grant making decisions are made by a panel of advisers.

Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme

Funding available: Package of services
Deadlines: Awards from October 1 to September 30

The Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS) provides athletes with a tailored package of services worth up to £3,500 in value. These may include coaching, strength and conditioning, lifestyle support, physiology and sports medicine.

TASS support over 350 athletes aged over 16 years who are currently in education whilst competing at England Talent level in their sport.

Sport England TASS awards are annual and run from 1st October to 30th September. Nominations are made by the individual sporting national governing bodies and the core services are delivered at TASS Accredited Centres in England.

25 different sports are covered by the scheme.


Funding available: See SportsAid website for details
Deadlines: See SportsAid website for details

Young athletes, both able-bodied and those with a disability, are nominated to SportsAid for financial support by their sport's own national governing body (NGB).

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, 18 of Britain's 19 gold medals were won in events that involved SportsAid athletes.

SportsAid awards are generally given to athletes between the ages of 12 and 18 (older for athletes with a disability) who compete in approximately 68 different sports, including disability disciplines.

SportsAid awards help athletes with essential costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment.

To find out if you could qualify for a SportsAid award, visit the SportsAid website or contact your sport's National Governing Body (NGB) directly.

British Gymnastics Foundation - Hardship Fund

The British Gymnastics Foundation is providing a new Hardship Grant to provide financial support to enable their members to continue to be involved in gymnastics. All current individual members can apply for hardship funding, including gymnasts, coaches and volunteers. There are four rounds each year. The closing dates are:

20th February; 20th May; 20th August; 20th November

Funding is limited to £5K in total for each funding round and requests can be for as little as £20, but grants awarded will not usually exceed £500