Made by Sport #ClubsinCrisis Fund Guidelines


Background Information: We are pleased to announce the launch of a new fund which is administered and managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside on behalf of Made by Sport.

What are the objects of the fund: Sports clubs or organisations working within the sport for development sector (this includes any physical activity), which are able to demonstrate that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially, and which require funding to save, resume or adapt their activity.

Fund priorities:

Clubs or organisations which intentionally use sport to deliver wider social outcomes for young people aged 5 – 25. Priority will be given to those organisations that have less than 10% of their membership outside of this age range

The organisations we are looking for operate mostly in disadvantaged communities, often working collaboratively with other partners to meet local need, and may offer cross-sector activities.

Specifically, we will fund clubs and organisations which can demonstrate that they are using sport to work towards one or more of the following outcomes:

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

Eligible organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £75,000 with the following priorities:

Priority 1 – Up to £25,000

Priority 2 – Up to £50,000

Priority 3 – Up to £75,000

What we can fund?

This is a one-off, unrestricted donation but MBS anticipates that the funding may be used for one of the following purposes:

  • Direct project costs including equipment and kit
  • Staff costs related to the project including appropriately apportioned management time
  • Appropriately apportioned core costs
  • External monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Transport
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Small capital expenditure items (such as changing facilities, resurfacing a play area or IT equipment), where a sustainable plan is in place for ongoing upkeep and maintenance.

How much is available: Grants of £2,021 are available, though lower amounts can be considered if more suitable for your organisation.

Which areas are covered: Halton, Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

Closing date:  5pm on the 24th May 2021

Any special criteria: 

The funders are interested in the grants being used for two things and will ask you about this in the end of project reporting:

  • As the funding is unrestricted, we’d love to see it used as match funding to leverage other funds for your club or organisation.
  • We’d also like to see how it can be used to ensure the sustainability of your club.

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website – and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  Please attach the documents to your online application or email them to

Documents which need to be included with your application

1. A copy of the group’s rules or constitution

2. A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document

3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group

4. A list of the management committee/trustees

5. A copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)

NB: If you have received a grant from us in the last 12 months and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again. However, a bank statement is required with every application.

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:

  • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
  • National organisations that cannot demonstrate local governance/autonomy
  • Private companies and CICs Limited by shares
  • Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
  • Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Organisations that are established for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
  • Groups comprising just one family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Travel outside UK
  • Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining

What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.

The panel is due to meet at the end of June and you should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 2 weeks of this meeting.

Community Foundations for Lancashire & Merseyside

Third Floor,

Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street,


L1 3DN

T: 0151 294 4756



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