best practice guides


There are numerous organisations who can help with funding. These are just some ideas…

RFU website

The RFU has a section on its website detailing financial management and funding streams to assist rugby clubs. The information available includes the following:

Awards for All                                                                      Cash 4 Clubs
Coalfields Regeneration                                                     Fundrazor
Grantfinder                                                                           Community Foundations
Landfill Communities Fund                                              Rugby Football Foundation
Sportsmatch                                                                         Local Authority Funding
National Association of Voluntary Councils                 Fundraising Support

RFU Grand Draw

The RFU Grand Draw is a simple and risk-free way to raise funds for your club. The raffle organises fantastic prizes and clubs receive 90% of the money it raises.

RFU Lead Up & Legacy 2015 – Better Facilities

With the World Cup being held in England in 2015, the RFU has committed an investment of £10m to create £25m worth of improvements in club equipment and facilities which will benefit over 500 clubs nationwide, from kit and equipment to clubhouses, changing rooms and floodlights to all weather pitches.

NatWest RugbyForce

The RFU and NatWest work in partnership of their nationwide programme designed to provide an opportunity to welcome members, volunteers and local businesses from the community for a weekend of DIY to help make rugby clubs stronger businesses by renovating their facilities.

Look out for this funding in December/January of each year.

PRO-ACTIVE West London

PRO-ACTIVE West London is one of the five sub-regional Sport and Physical Activity Partnerships operating across London and one of the 49 covering England. Its aim is to increase participation in sport and physical activity in Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

The website provides lots of useful information and also has a funding search facility where you can look for specific funding streams to help with your project.

Sport England

Sport England is committed to investing in clubs and projects across the country to create a great environment that encourages more people to play sport.

They have different types of funding available that cover:

• Protecting Playing Fields Inclusive Sport Active Colleges
• Community Sport Activation Fund Get Equipped Strategic Facilities
• Small Grants Iconic Facilities University Sport Activation Fund
• Improvement Fund Inspired Facilities


Sportivate is a £32 million Lottery funded programme that gives 11 – 25 year olds access to coaching courses in a range of sports and activities. It is part of the ‘Places People Play, the Government’s mass participation legacy plans.

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. They list thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy

Easyfundraising is a great way to raise money for charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes just by shopping online. Individuals access websites e.g. Amazon via easyfundraising, individuals don’t pay anything extra and then the retailer makes a donation to your cause as a thank you for shopping with them.

Original Giving

Original Giving provides access to a discounted range of offers in the entertainment and leisure industry that you can personally use or share with family and friends. For every purchase made my an individual, Original Giving will pay 25% of its total commission fee to the Club.


Fundrazor offers sports clubs tickets to sell for a variety of social events including Nights at the Dogs, Paintballing, Comedy Clubs, Golf Days etc. The tickets are given to the Clubs for free or at a very low cost and then the club can sell the tickets at a price you decide on and keep the profits.

Further information

For assistance with funding requirements please contact Graham Lee, Facilities & Funding manager Middlesex Rugby. Email: or tel: 07740 061 977.

Graham will work with you, alongside RFU Facilities & Funding Manager Jason Bowers and your RDO in helping with your requirements.