Facilities & Funding

There are many sources of funding, help and advice available both from Middlesex Rugby and the RFU.

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: grahamklee66@gmail.com  or contact RFU regional facilities and funding manager Jason Bowers, email: jasonbowers@rfu.com

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: eddie.keal@middlesexrugby.com

RFU Grantfinder

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

NatWest Rugby Force weekend

Funding is available from the NatWest 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 NatWest Rugby Force Workshop at locations around the County.

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.

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.