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Made By Sport – Clubs in Crisis

The fund is looking for applications from clubs and community organisations that intentionally use sport or exercise to develop young people’s lives.

This fund has not been designed to cover sports clubs delivering their standard day to day basic club activities (sport for sports sake). Sport for development isn’t the same as community sport which just focusses on developing and widening opportunities to participate

Your organisation must be using sport or exercise as a hook to support young people in at least one of the following ways:

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

We have put some examples of projects that would qualify further down this page but can provide more details on these themes if needed.

The organisations Made by Sport are looking for operate mostly in disadvantaged communities, often working collaboratively with other partners, and may offer cross-sector activities.


Here are the key criteria pieces – please read very carefully

  • Income per annum  – must be under £75,000
  • 90% of the membership must be between the ages of 5 and 25
  • Organisations must be able to demonstrate that the pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially, this funding should be helping to save, resume or adapt your activity. It is not for setting up new activities.
  • Please remember the maximum grant is £2,021


How do I apply?

Because the criteria is very specific we would like to chat to you first before proceeding with an application. Please email the Grants Team at and we’ll get back to you

The programme ends on the 31st September – we’ll be attempting to take bids on a rolling basis as close to the 31st as possible


When will I get a decision?

Towards the end of September 2021


Made By Sport Examples of Successful Projects

Developing Life Skills
Greenhouse Sports uses inspirational sports coaching and mentoring to engage young people and improve their life chances. They partner with schools to provide opportunities for young people who may be disengaged, vulnerable or facing disadvantage to develop the social, thinking, emotional and physical skills that help them thrive.

Improving Mental Health
Westport is a charity in the West of England which runs various projects using sport to improve mental health. Bristol Active Life Project works in partnership with people who experience Severe and Enduring Mental illness (SMI) by enabling them to improve their own health and wellbeing through taking part in sport and exercise opportunities in the local community.

Reducing Crime and ASB – TSA Projects
TSA Projects, based in Birmingham, deliver programmes in partnership with charities to engage with hard-to-reach young people. They provide a positive space for young people to communicate safely about potentially dangerous situations, and encourage a range of activities, including sport-based programmes, to support their personal development, safety, confidence to ensure they stay away from criminal activity.

Employability – The Blair Project
A karting project in Manchester that develops employability opportunities and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills for young people aged 15-18 by designing and 3D printing karts they then race.

Community Cohesion – Boots & Beards
A Glasgow based organisation that started life aiming to get young people off their screens and exercising through hiking. Now the project focuses on bringing together people from all parts of the BME community to go on likeminded adventures, exploring and promoting Scotland’s natural landscape.