Barrow Sports Council Grants

As from 1 April 2017 grants for sports that were previously considered by Barrow Borough Sports Council will be now be considered in-house by Cumbria County Council Community Development Team for the Barrow Borough area.  Grants will need to meet the Cumbria County Council Community Grants Criteria and this process falls in line with the rest of the county where the local Community Development Teams administer applications.
In the Barrow Borough area grants will be awarded on a monthly basis through the Neighbourhood Grants Panel which comprises the 11 County Councillors for Barrow and Dalton areas.
The link to the application process and criteria is here or alternatively contact Alison Meadows on 01229 407576.   We would always advise that groups have a pre-application discussion regarding their projects.

Advice to sports clubs seeking funding

Sports Development plans

Active Cumbria Talented Athletes Fund

The Active Cumbria Fund is now open for aplications.  Details here.

People’s Health Trust - Active Communities

This new fund opened last week and offers funding of between £5,000 to £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. Funding is available for communities and not-for-profit groups to make their communities event better places to live.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 13 July 2016

For further details of support and assistance how to apply, visit here

Tesco grants

Tesco award grants each year in around 400 Tesco regions to make sure the funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland. In total the Bags of Help programme supports thousands of projects each year.

Groundwork assesses all of the applications received and then provides a shortlist of the applications received for a Tesco Shortlisting Group to agree three successful projects to forward to a vote in Tesco stores.

Tesco customers vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project. Grants are then awarded as follows:

    1st place in Tesco customer vote:  £12,000 grant
    2nd place in Tesco customer vote: £10,000 grant
    3rd place in Tesco customer vote:  £8,000 grant

For more info and to apply visit here

If you have any queries, contact Oliver Graham on Mondays or Thursdays on 07717790683 or by email

DONG Walney Extension Community Fund

Total Grants Available:  £600,000 approximately per year (£100,000 of this is ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’)

Fund Provided by:   The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm

In October 2015 DONG Energy decided to construct an extension to the operational Walney offshore wind farm. The extension will be located in the Irish Sea, around 19km WSW off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. To find out more about the project development itself, please click here

DONG Energy has committed to a Fund worth approximately £600,000 a year for the lifetime of the Project.

Following a detailed community consultation process, the Walney Extension Community Fund is now open to applications. Grants from £500 up to £75,000 are available.

There are two application closing dates each year.


Next Closing date:

11 January 2017

Decision by:

April 2017

To be eligible to apply for a grant your project must be located, and for the benefit of communities within the funding area. (Please note the area of benefit also includes the coastal tidal zones directly in line with the onshore areas).

If you have questions about whether your project is located in the Walney Extension Community Fund eligible area please call the GrantScape team. We would much rather we confirm this before you spend time completing your application to find out later your project is not eligible.

For more information – visit website here

Sport England

We used to put the main Sport England funds on here but it's hard work keeping it up to date.  So click on the logo and have a look yourself!

Free online funding searches


Funding Central has an excellent guide to the grant process.

Grants to support projects with young people

Cumbria County Council 's  Barrow Children and Young People's Working Group have a grants scheme aimed at supporting projects and work with young people aged 0 - 19 year olds.
For more information on this 0 -19 grant please see the attached information sheet and application form.
Please complete the application form and submit it to the address on the application form.

If you have any questions please contact Alison Meadows on 407576 or by email.

Support and advice to community groups and sports clubs

NCVO is a national organisation which provides advice, support and training to community groups - including amateur sports clubs.  Their website has hundreds of pages covering a wide range of advice and support topics that are written by specialist teams and industry experts.  If you are planning ahread or struggling to keep up with day to day activities, it's well worth a look.   



Application Forms

PDF icon Grant Application Form for an individual

PDF icon Grant Application Form for an organisation

Application forms can also be obtained from:

Nan Tait Centre,
Abbey Road
01229 407319


For information on the Criteria for Grant Applications, please choose one of the links below...

PDF icon Criteria for Grant Applications for in individual

PDF icon Criteria for Grant Applications for an organisation