Made by Sport 'Clubs In Crisis' Fund

Please read the Essential Information before applying. 

Are you interested in applying for this fund but would like some FREE support and advice to do so? If so, you may be interested in joining Sported (, a free membership organisation that supports grassroots organisations that provide sport and physical activity for young disadvantaged people.

Sported provide a wide range of services to support organisations like yours to help you continue the great work you do in your communities. This includes support and advice on subjects such as governance, budgeting, marketing, planning as well as fundraising and applying for funding.

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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.  This fund is aimed at supporting groups who have projects that support young people aged 5-25.

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. We will prioritise organisations who work primarily with children and young people age 5 – 25, although organisations who work with people outside this age range may apply if the funding can be ringfenced to costs related to work with children and young people.

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:



Eligible organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £75,000 over the last 12 months 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:



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 13th August 2021

Any special criteria: 

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


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 (please ensure you have two un-related signatories)

4. A list of the management committee/trustees (please ensure there are three un-related trustees in place or three un-related directors)

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:


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 beginning of September and you should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 2 weeks of this meeting.





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