The Northumbria Sport Foundation aims to provide sporting opportunities to develop people and communities. Often, there are barriers in the way of groups and individuals to achieve this. However, with a small amount of support and partnership work, these barriers can be overcome. Because of this, the Northumbria Sport Foundation has created a small fund to create more partnerships and develop a greater awareness of the work that is delivered in sport in the north east, and the challenges that are being faced. The Northumbria Sport Foundation is inviting applications for grants for up to £2000 from both groups and individuals based in the North East of England (Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham, and Teesside) to help them overcome barriers to use sport as tool for individual and community development. 

There are two separate grants to apply for:

The Northumbria Sport Foundation Community Grant

The Northumbria Sport Foundation Individual Grant


The Northumbria Sport Foundation Community Grant

This grant supports clubs, groups and organisations deliver projects, activities and events that meet one or more of the following criteria:

•           Has a positive impact upon individuals and the community. This can be achieved through:

-           Improving physical wellbeing,

-           Improving mental wellbeing,

-           Supporting individual development,

-           Creating social and community development, and/or

-           Creating economic development.

•           Provides sporting opportunities for underrepresented and/or disadvantaged groups.

•           Visibly acknowledges and promotes the support of the Northumbria Sport Foundation.

•           Benefits Northumbria University by providing sport and student development opportunities (e.g. a voluntary/internship position).


The Northumbria Sport Foundation Individual Grant

This grant supports individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria:

•           Are actively engaged in volunteering in sport or actively seeking to be engaged in volunteering in sport.

•           Participate in sport or are actively seeking to participate in sport.

•           Can demonstrate how the funding will have a long-term impact upon sport and your own personal career

•           Can demonstrate how the funding will have a positive impact upon your health (physical and/or mental).

•           Benefit Northumbria University or the local sporting community.

*Individual grants are to paid to a registered club who can purchase items/services on the individual's behalf, or items/services will be purchased on the individual's by the Foundation. Money can not be granted into an individual's bank account.

Funding Rounds 2017/2018

Round 1: 2017 Autumn

Applications open: 9am Monday 18th September 2017

Application deadline: 12pm Monday 16th October 2017

Notified of funding decision: by Friday 3rd November 2017

Round 2: 2018 Winter

Applications open: 9am Monday 29th January 2018

Applications deadline: 12pm Monday 26th February 2018

Notified of funding decision by: Friday 16th March 2018


Both grants are aimed at providing opportunities through sport for individuals and communities that they may not otherwise receive. These include people from underrepresented groups in sport, and people in financial hardship. We specifically encourage grant applications from groups and individuals who will benefit, or are part of, one of the following groups:

•           Young People (Under 25)

•           Older People (Over 55)

•           People with long-term ill health

•           Disabled people

•           Homeless people and people from low-socio economic groups

•           Current and ex-offenders

•           The LGBT Community

•           NEET and unemployed adults

•           The BME Community

•           Refugees & Asylum Seekers


Please note funding rounds for 2017/18 are now closed and applications cannot be accepted.