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New Tesco Bags of Help - now for wider projects and £1000, £2000, and £4000 categories.  

 You may already have heard that even more community groups across the UK are able to bag some cash for their projects. The Tesco Bags of Help funding scheme application criteria has opened up to allow for more communities to receive funding.

As well as continuing to fund the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, grants will now be available to fund the purchase of items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment.

Funding is also available for improvements to community buildings, for example a scout or guide hut, church or village hall or sports changing rooms. Groups looking to hold seasonal events and activities such as a Christmas lights switch on can also apply.    Click for more info and application.

ARISE (the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise) is an alliance of local business partners who have come together to provide an annual fund of money to support initiatives and socially based activities that improve the lives of groups or individuals in Hatfield. This fund is for up to £1000.   See flyer for more information and Application form to apply.

Hatfield Community Sports Fund (HCSP):  The Fund is about providing improved provision in leisure and sport for the community of Hatfield. Please click here for an overview explaining all about the fund and how to apply and see below for copies of the relevant application forms and associated information.

Major Project Fund Form; Major Grant Project Fund info; Project & Equipment Fund Form; Small Grant Project & Equipment Fund Info; HCSF Objectives & Themes; The Board Terms of Reference;  Please return HCSF application forms to:

HSP 1:1 consultation clinics please contact

Community Open spaces grants from Tesco  Next round started April 2016

HSP and WH Funding Newsletter April 2016

PM and Mayor of London visit Utility Warehouse HQ - WHSPAA members' discount benefits organisation. 

See also below of how club membership of WHSPAA UW can bring an income stream to your club.

WHSPAA Club Development Fund Updated for 2015-16

Funding for club development in WH is available again to WHSPAA-affiliated clubs.  .

The previous form has had to withdrawn owing to very limited funds this year.

To  maximise the benefit to clubs we have 5 amounts of £100 which will pay for each club obtaining £5000-£10,000 with the help of Herts Sports Partnership. Please apply with the attached form to the WHSPAA Chair: Rhian Hollyer

In the meantime, for smaller amounts consider:

 - WH Borough Council Community Grants - up to typically, £1500

Both are described with links, below.

 Should any of this be left at the end of the financial year then we would consider applications for grants directly to the clubs. (of £100).

Dave Bartlett, Chairman WHSPAA


WH BC Community Grants

To support community life in the borough, the Council operates two funding schemes for voluntary and community groups:

WHSPAA have joined Utility Warehouse to bring benefits to our members and clubs

If you join you can save money on your utilities, gas, electricity, telephone, broadband plus many ordinary purchases and now with free lightbulbs for life. 

Furthermore if you join your club via WHSPAA as a Commuity Fund Raiser , when your club members join they will save money and a small percentage will be paid to  your club as well as a smaller percentage to WHSPAA to develop sport in our borough at no extra cost. This can provide a regular income stream for a club.

Utility Warehous is a top FTSE 250 organisation with more than half a million members - National {Public Champion Organsiation  2015 and  repeatedly recognised by Which - see also ShareMagazine report.

Click on this link for the WHSPAA Utility Warehouse. If  you would like to know more or sign up contact  WHSPAA Chair Rhian Hollyer

Herts Talented Athlete Programme

Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme is offering Hertfordshire’s most talented young athletes the opportunity to access high quality services to assist them in their sport.

Based at Hertfordshire Sports Village and supported by the University of Hertfordshire, Herts County Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Herts Is Ready For Winners, the programme has been supporting talented athletes for 8 years during which time a number of these have ‘graduated’ to higher levels of support such as the national government funded programme TASS, UKA funding and various University Sports Scholarship programmes. Application need to be completed by June each year

Sarah Grybowicz

Sports Scholarships Coordinator, University of Hertfordshire


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Funding4 Sport website  - for latest national funding information       


 ARISE: A new fund, up to £1000, for local Hatfield groups. To request funding see ARISE Hatfield . For more information click here

Sport England Community Activation Fund
The Community Sport Activation Fund is a £40 million Lottery revenue fund developed to support grassroots activity at a very local level.   Click here to go to the CAF webpage..

Top Tips for Applying to Grant-making Trusts and Foundations
By making sure you apply to the correct trust or foundation with the right application, you are more likely to get the positive results you want:  click here .

Advice is available through membership of WHSPAA particularly by networking with other members at Club Forums, or if the need is more urgent then through our Sports Development Professional, Matt Rayner who is the Community Partnership Manager for the council. Feel free to contact him on tel: 01707 357174 or Email:

People's PostCode Trust
Grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 3 months in the areas of:

  • Poverty Prevention

  • Advancement of Health

  • Community Development

  • Public Sports; Human Rights

The deadline for all applications will be the 9th November 2012

Sport England Awards for All
Gives grants from £300 – £10,000. Since 1 June, they have been running a six month pilot where they will now fund repeat or on-going activities. This means that if you’ve been running a pensioners group for several years, you can apply to them to fund it for a year. If you run summer playschemes, you can ask them to fund the next one. It doesn’t matter whether they or someone else has funded the activities before.  Click here.

Funding for Older People in the Community
The Barchester Healthcare Foundation, Which is a registered grant making charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales,  has announced that for 2012, their grant making priority is to  help older people (65+) in the community, to improve their mobility, independence and quality of life.  Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available to both individuals and small community groups.  In the case of individuals, all applications need to be supported and completed by a third party sponsor. A sponsor could be, for example, a health/ personal care professional, social worker or charity/ support group representative. 
Applications can be submitted at any time.

Percy Bilton Charity
Registered Charity Organisations assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people may apply for grants towards capital expenditure. Small Grants - up to £500. Large Grants - up to £2,000
To find out more click here;

Hatfield Town Council
Provides grants in total of £2000 per year (but gets requests for £7000).  Click here for application details

Funding4Sport -
Visit there new website and get the latest from their 2012 November Update

Is a paid for newsletter which clubs would need to register for. It will provide you will monthly e-mails about opportunities for clubs to gain funding. 

Herts County Council Newsletter on Funding

  • New grants programmes
  • The latest calls for proposals
  •  Funding Reminders

If people wish to receive this newsletter or other funding newsletters they must request inclusion on the email alerts by registering on Herts Direct.
Registration for email alerts

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Community Grants
A Maximum of £2,000, this fund is to support community life in the borough in specific wards. Speak to your local ward councillor for more information or click here for more information.

Welwyn Hatfield Queens Diamond Jubliee Awards for Young People
A maximum of £200 per person, these awards are aimed at outstanding individuals who need a financial contribution to help them progress in their sport, art or challenge. The awards are awarded by the Counil's grants panel are usually awarded twice a year, for more information click here.

Herts County Council Member Locality Budget
Launched in 2009. Each elected member of the County Council has £10,000 to spend on worthwhile projects in their community that promote social, economic or environmental wellbeing. Applications for funding can be submitted by community groups and organisations. Click this link to go their website for more information including application details

Sport England  

 'Inspired Facilities'
Part of the £135 million clubs and organisations to improve their facilities, click here.

Small Grants Scheme - £300 - £10,000
This has been set up to support local community sport projects for which seek to increase participation, sustain participation or develop opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport. Click here for more information and the application process.

This Sportsmatch programme of grants between £1,000 up to £100,000 brings additional funding to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship from the commercial sector, private individuals or charitable trusts to deliver new projects that get people playing and enjoying sport. Click here

Herts Sports Partnership
Several other funding streams are available. For information on this topic see Herts Sports Partnerships page on Key Sources of Funding, also, click here for the 'Funding' presentation at the October Clubs Forum by John O'Callaghan.

Every Little Helps
Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000. The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit children, the elderly and adults and children with disabilities, living in the local communities around Tesco stores in the UK. Next deadline: 30 September.

Grants for Young People
The Live UnLtd programme has grants of up to £5,000 (the average grant is £1,500) to help young people aged 11 - 21 turn an idea to make the world a better place into a reality. Non-financial support is also available 

New:  People's Health Trust grant aid fund
Using money raised through 51 society lotteries, the People’s Health Trust gives grants to health-related causes - £5000 - £10,000. Click here

Community Amateur Sports Clubs Benefits
These clubs, are able to obtain mandatory rate relief and the ability to claim Gift Aid on voluntary donations.
For more information on the benefits and process click here.

Has dropped its subscription fees – worth £180 per year – for all CASCs, meaning that your club can join JustGiving today, and start fundraising for all the important things you help raise money for your club:

The Dickie Bird Foundation
Aims to help disadvantaged young people under the age of 18 to participate to the best of their ability in the sport of their choice irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity. The Foundation grants can help with the cost of clothing and equipment and make a small contribution towards travel expenses within the UK. The Foundation accepts applications from individuals, not organisations. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered at Trustees meeting in February, April, June, August, October and December.

The Trust was set up in 1922 and, with a couple of amendments in the interim, now exists to spend the interest from its investments “...for such charitable purposes for the general benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of North Mymms and the neighbourhood thereof...”
The Trust is administered by Chris Measures, the Chairman, Jeremy Taylor, Secretary, the Reverend Julia Boothby, Philip Elgar and Jacqui Boulton (Parish Council nominee).
The five Trustees hold one annual meeting in June, to discuss and agree the dispersal of income which, this year and last, amounted to £6,000.
if you wish to apply for a grant, please write to Mr Jeremy Taylor at The Old Vicarage, North Mymms Park, Herts AL9 7TN.

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