Facilities & Funding
If you need some specific help project, equipment or funding requirement, get in touch with Middlesex Rugby’s facilities and funding manager Graham Lee, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact RFU regional facilities and funding manager Jason Bowers, email: email@example.com
The RFU club benefit guide “Club Together” contains lots of useful information. Click on the image to download a copy.
Middlesex small grants fund
Middlesex Rugby can offer funding through the Small Grants Awards Programme which makes small grants available to affiliated clubs within the county. The grants are designed to be easy-to-access awards of a few hundred pounds paid directly from County funds.
Simply talk to your RDO if you have an idea you would like Middlesex Rugby to help fund, or need to get your club out of a tight spot or capitalise on a sudden opportunity. He will bring your request to a small band of County decision makers, and we’ll get the cheque in the post as quickly as we can, and as often as we can afford.
There will be a small amount of process to ensure transparency and fair distribution. These awards are not intended to be an alternative to normal funding routes. They are for the nice and nasty surprises in life, where the usual support does not exist, or cannot be accessed quickly enough.
Examples of grant funding:
- Grant funding could cover such items as:
- Flood damage repair
- Short notice, high profile event
- New locks & security following a break in
- Requests from local schools to use pitches (need for additional flags and post protectors)
- Invitation to promote club at a school fair or county show
- Urgent need for marketing collateral
To find out more, or to request financial help with your project, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs seeking finance & funding for improvements to their facilities should search the RFU’s Grantfinder website.
Grantfinder is a free to use grant search facility which allows user to search through the thousands of grants and loans that could help your club. They ask you some basic questions about your organisation, and then list the support schemes that you might be eligible for.
You can use the funding search database to look for funding for:
● Providing sports equipment and facilities
● Supporting and promoting sports development
● To support recreational activities
The information that you search is updated daily by a team of researchers and is fully comprehensive. The search tool is completely free to use and there is no limit as to how many times you can use it.
To search for a grant, please register your details by visting the Grantfinder website
Nat West Rugby Force weekend
Funding is available from the Nat West Rugby Force scheme by applying to be considered for funding a project to be undertaken at the club during the Rugby Force weekend in June each year. Applications usually go out in November with a closing date in February. Applications are considered in March and successful clubs are invited to attend one of several Nat West Rugby Force Workshop at locations around the County,
In the current season 2015/2016, clubs were given £250 for applying, a further £250 for attending the workshop, and a further £1500 if their project was one of national projects considered by the RFU.
Looking for a small amount of funding that will make a big difference?
Do you have a great community project that could come to life with just a small amount of funding? Then maybe Entrust can help.
Entrust has funding available under the Small Grants Scheme, and is encouraging applicants to come forward. Often groups only need a small amount of funding to make a real difference to their community, whether it be transforming a community building, protecting a precious nature reserve, renovating a cultural facility that sits at the heart of their community, or creating an outdoor space that will bring enjoyment for all. By applying for funding from the Small Grants Scheme groups have quicker access to funding to make their projects happen.
Under the scheme you can apply for between £250 and £5,000, however your project must cost no more than £10,000 in total.
The standard eligibility criteria apply, so we strongly advise you read the guidance notes that can be found on the application form, before completing your application, to ensure your application is eligible and that you answer each question appropriately.
The scheme operates a rolling application process, allowing you to apply at anytime.
Inspired Facilities funding
Inspired Facilities is focused on making it easier for local community and volunteer groups to improve and refurbish sports clubs or transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.
Part of Places People Play, Sport England’s programme to deliver a London 2012 legacy of increased mass participation in sport, it is investing £50 million of National Lottery funding in up to 1000 community sports projects between 2011 and 2014.
What will the Inspired Facilities programme do?
Inspired Facilities will invest in refurbishing or improving existing sports facilities and converting existing venues into places suitable for playing sport. These are local projects developed and delivered predominantly by community and voluntary sector groups.
What’s different about Inspired Facilities?
Sport England has tried to make applying for an Inspired Facility grant as easy as possible, with no specialist knowledge required.
A catalogue with details and costs of the many of the facility improvements sports clubs has been produced – from boilers to better insulated roofs, flooring to floodlights, court surfaces to changing rooms.
Sport England has also appointed contractors who can do the work, reducing the amount of time and money it takes clubs to get the work done once they have received a grant.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any organisation entitled to receive public funding can apply. This includes voluntary or community organisations, sports clubs, town and parish councils, playing field associations, schools and education establishments and local authorities.
How much money is available?
£50m Lottery funding into 1000 sports facilities, through five funding rounds that will take place over the next three years.
Voluntary and community groups such as sports clubs, Parish and Town Councils can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 and will receive at least 70 % of the funding available in each round
No more than 30% will invested through local authorities, who can apply for up to £150,000.
A grant of £150,000 will be the exception rather than the norm and only available to local authority projects that can demonstrate a strategic rationale to their application.
What type of projects are they looking for?
Priority to projects and organisations that:
· Have not benefited from a Sport England lottery grant worth over £10,000
· Offer local opportunities to people who do not currently play sport
· Are the only public sports facility in the local community
Is partnership funding required?
It is preferred applications from the voluntary and community sector have partnership funding. However, generating partnership funding can be difficult for these groups to find, so an application which does not have any will not be ruled out . This also applies to parish and town councils.
Local authorities, other statutory bodies, and schools or educational establishments will, however, be expected to provide pound-for-pound partnership funding.
Is security of tenure required?
Security of tenure enables the protection of the value of an award if, for example, a project goes into liquidation. The length of security needed varies according to the size of the grant.
Community and voluntary sector projects will not require a legal charge under this programme unless otherwise indicated by Sport England.
A local authority generally cannot grant charges ,therefore Sport England will accept a restriction placed on the title registered at the Land Registry on grants over £100,000.
All projects will be expected to measure the number of visits to the facility every 6 months for 5 years. Further details will be supplied to successful projects as part of the award process.
Alternatively, contact the Middlesex Rugby facilities and funding manager Graham Lee email@example.com
London Sport funding opportunities
London Sport can offer a number of smaller pockets of funding to enable you to develop your club in areas such as coaching, administration and volunteering.
They can provide support and guidance for NGB’s, clubs, coaches and volunteers on a variety of sport development related subjects.
More information about London Sport website.