Community Sports Club Facilities get helping hand

Bassetlaw District Council has created a fund of up to £15k to help local community sports clubs apply for major development grants.

This new fund will allow clubs to secure specialist help when they are putting together complex and large scale grant applications to regional or national governing bodies or other significant funding streams.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Our local sports clubs have some extremely dedicated and highly motivated people. However, we have found that these people do not necessarily have the time or the specialist skills needed to make complex applications when they would like to develop their facilities and do not have the money to do it themselves.

“The Council is providing financial and practical support to secure the services of consultants who can help clubs with the planning and development work needed put together strong bids for external funding so they can develop their facilities.”

Applications to the fund are now open and final decisions on grant funding will be made by a panel of Councillors. Clubs applying for assistance must meet the following criteria:

  • Clubs being not for profit in their constitution.
  • Clubs having an open membership policy.
  • Clubs activities and venues being within Bassetlaw
  • Clubs working with young children having adopted their National Governing Body Child Protection Policy and operating within procedures laid down.
  • Clubs affiliated to a relevant Governing Body of Sport by Sport England.
  • Clubs having a bank account with at least two signatories.
  • Clubs that cater for people with a disability. 

If you feel your club may be eligible for this funding and you have a large scale development project underway, please email Peter Clark to state your interest. He will arrange to discuss your project needs and fill in a simple application form. Applications to be received by Friday 2 March.

Published: Friday 09 February 2018