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Sports grants and funding

Funding options for sports clubs and individuals, available from local and national organisations.   

Christchurch and District Sports Council 

Funding for equipment, special events and coaching costs is available from Christchurch and District Sports Council

Awards are normally limited to individuals and self-supporting sports clubs with an established structure, clear objectives and a thriving membership. 

To apply for funding, complete the application form for individuals or the application form for clubs and organisations.     

Sport Poole 

Working in conjunction with Sport Poole, we advise on whether funds should be made available to talented sportspeople, sports clubs and coaches. 

Applications can only be submitted once every three years. Our eligibility criteria set out the conditions that must be met by applicants.   


A grant of up to £250 is available to high-performing sportspeople living in Poole, or residents who are temporarily studying full-time outside of the area.  

Funding can be used for: 

  • coaching and training 
  • competition entry fees 
  • transport and accommodation expenses for training or competitions 
  • the cost of formal coaching qualifications that will be used in a voluntary capacity 
  • purchasing sport-specific specialist equipment. 


Funding of up to £500 is available to sports clubs in Poole. It can be used for: 

  • starting up a new club or activity 
  • new and improved activity programmes or events 
  • purchasing equipment, provided it’s part of the club’s development plan to improve or expand the programme to make it more accessible. 

Apply for a grant 

Complete an application form by creating or signing into your online account with us.   

Alternative funding 

Other organisations which provide funding for sportspeople and sports clubs. 

Active Dorset also has a funding finder for sports clubs

Steve Bernard Foundation 

The Steve Bernard Foundation supports and provides funding for sporting projects in Bournemouth. 

Talbot Village Trust 

The Talbot Village Trust gives loans of up to £10,000 to charities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  

Clingan’s Trust 

Clingan’s Trust gives grants to children and young people under 25 living in Christchurch and southeast Bournemouth.