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Clubs in Crisis Fund

Grant size Up to £2,021
All of Scotland
Key dates  
Deadline: 30th August 2021
Decisions: 1st October 2021

About this fund

The Clubs in Crisis Fund from Made by Sport supports sports clubs and organisations delivering sport for development that have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a national fund being delivered locally by community foundations across the UK. Foundation Scotland is distributing all funding across Scotland.

The first round of funding closed in June, and we are now in the second round. Please read all the criteria carefully, as there have been some changes and clarifications since the first round. This round closes on Friday 30th August, with decisions sent out by 1st October.

Purpose of this fund

Sport is a vital tool to help young people develop and is a great way to help them face social issues such as mental health, crime, and employability. Now that sports are returning, there has never been a better time to support the grassroots sports clubs and organisations helping young people to thrive. 

The fund aims to support sports clubs and youth organisations that deliver sport for development to recover from the pandemic's impact, and continue their work to achieve social outcomes through sport. Specifically, the fund is looking to support clubs and organisations that intentionally deliver wider social outcomes through sport. These outcomes must fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Developing Life Skills
  • Improving Mental Health
  • Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Developing Employability Skills
  • Building Stronger Communities

Funding is unrestricted but should clearly meet the criteria of delivering sport for development for young people.

Some examples of things the fund could support are:

  • costs for equipment, staff, or kit to re-start sport for development projects safely
  • to create new sport for development projects within an organisation tackling emerging local issues
  • costs for coaching or training to support young people to develop qualifications in sport and give them broader development opportunities
  • costs for core delivery of services which focus on sport for development
  • costs related to enhancing or improving existing work.

This list is not exhaustive, so please call us to discuss your ideas

Additional criteria

The fund can only support applications that meet all the following criteria, alongside Foundation Scotland standard eligibility criteria:

  • Smaller clubs and organisations with an income of under £75,000 a year. This should be according to your latest annual accounts.
  • Clubs and organisations who can show how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted their work. The fund is aimed at helping groups recover, and so applicants will be asked to explain how the pandemic has impacted them as an organisation and the need for the work they are applying for.
  • Clubs and organisations who can demonstrate they are delivering sport for development work, as outlined above. The fund cannot support sports clubs and organisations whose only focus is widening participation, so applicants will be asked to explain how their work achieves wider social outcomes. 
  • Clubs and organisations that primarily work with young people aged 5-25. Applicants with over 90% of their total members aged 5-25 will be prioritised. Groups who support a wider age range but over 90% of the direct beneficiaries of their specific project are aged 5-25 will also be eligible.

Whilst not a requirement, the programme would especially like to see grants used as leverage for match funding or used to secure the club or organisation's long-term sustainability. We will ask about this in your final reporting if you are successful.

All funding must be spent by successful applicants between 1st October and 31st December 2021. 

Previous applicants may reapply but not for the same costs as previously, and new applicants may take priority should the demand exceed the funding available.  Please get in touch if you have any questions about your eligibility for the fund. 

Who can apply?

Applicants must meet Foundation Scotland’s common eligibility criteria. In addition, applicants must meet the priorities outlined in the purpose of this fund above. 

What can’t be funded?

Please read Foundation Scotland’s guidance on what we cannot fund.  

The fund cannot support sports clubs and organisations whose only focus is widening participation and creating opportunities to take part. Projects must actively seek to achieve one or more of the additional social outcomes outlined above and not simply deliver sport without focusing on wider social impact.

How are decisions made?

Final decisions will be made by a panel following the assessment period. Visit our How funding decisions are made page for more information.

Please note, this fund offers discretion to the panel to make a small number of larger awards should the panel feel an application is an exceptionally good fit with the programme.

Note to applicants: Made By Sport is offering the opportunity thanks to support from the Cash4Clubs scheme. The Cash4Clubs scheme is funded by Flutter Entertainment Ltd. The donation being made by Flutter is the amount it benefitted from as a result of business rates relief, which was put in place from March 2020 to March 2021 for its shops in England. All applicants should consider this before applying for funding.

How to apply

To make an application, please follow the link below. Applications for Round 2 are due to close on 30th August 2021.

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