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Baillie Gifford Grassroots Sports

Grant size Up to £5,000
All of Scotland
Key dates  
Deadline: Applications can be submitted at any time.
Decisions: Decisions take approximately 10 weeks from receipt of your application.

About this fund

This fund is aimed at supporting grassroots sports organisations. Grants are available for helping people to participate in sport by improving quality and participation in sport - all ages and abilities, all sports (excluding elite participation), widening access to sport by removing barriers to participation and improving the sustainability of clubs.

Purpose of this fund

The fund will consider applications for grants up to £5,000 for the following:

  •  Purchasing sports equipment, excluding items of clothing
  •  Coaching and coaching development costs
  •  Facilities hire
  •  Encouraging the inclusion of minority groups and those facing barriers to entry
  •  In light of Covid-19, and difficulties with lost income and funding, we will also consider applications for support of general running costs

Additional criteria

The fund can support core costs as well as project costs. However, total project cost can not be over £20,000.

Please note this fund is only open to organisations with an annual income of under £250,000.

Who can apply?

All applicants must meet Foundation Scotland's Common eligibility criteria, please check this list before starting your application. 

What can’t be funded?

Please read through What we can't fund page, these exclusions apply to all Foundation Scotland funds.

In addition the Baillie Gifford Grassroots Sports fund cannot support applications where the grant request is less than 25% (one quarter) of the total costs.

How are decisions made?

Funding is allocated based on decisions by selected Baillie Gifford staff with support from Foundation Scotland.

For more details on our assessment processes please visit How funding decisions are made.

Contact information

Contact name

The Grants Team

How to apply

Applications for this fund are submitted online.  Please follow the link to register for an application form.

Fund news

Read a selection of case studies detailing some of the projects and activities that have received funding from the Baillie Gifford Grassroots Sports Fund.

This includes funding for the Bass Rocketeers enabling them to encourage women in East Lothian over 40 years to participate in sport.

View case studies
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