The National Lottery Community fund distributes more than £600 million a year to communities across the United Kingdom.

There are two funding choices: funding under £10,000 and funding over £10,000 which makes this an excellent avenue for Walking Sports clubs, venues and session organisers to raise revenue.

The National Lottery funds projects that support people and communities across the UK to thrive.

They fund lots of different activities but what makes a good application? Well activities that do at least one of the three following:

  • Projects that bring people together and build strong relationships across communities.
  • Improve spaces that matter to a community.
  • Help people reach their potential by supporting them at the earliest possible opportunity.

The more funding you apply for, the longer the process will take.

So what can you spend this money on? The National Lottery fund you in different ways and these different ways are known as programmes. Depending on which programme you apply for will depend on the funding available.

The following are types of funds available:

  • Capital costs (such as building and land improvements).
  • Staffing costs.
  • Running costs.
  • Activities.
  • Equipment.
  • Other core costs needed for the project.

So as you see your Walking Sports project could be a great contender to receive funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

To give you some examples, here are some Walking Sports projects that have received funding:

£860 – Walking Football Festival held by the Vale of Leven Walking Football Club on the 23rd January 2020.

£9,600 – To deliver a Walking Rugby programme for the over 60’s to encourage physical activity and create social opportunities through sport to Stourbridge Rugby Football Club Limited on 6th March 202

£10,000 – Walking Football referee programme help by the Walking Football Association on the 19th July 2017.

£425 – A Festival of Walking Football held by Tamside Striders Denton Walking Football Group on 23rd January 2020.

£9,220 – To run Walking Netball sessions for older people to improve fitness, health and wellbeing to Activology C.I.C. on 7th June 2019.

£9,950 – A Walking Football Club aimed at older men and those in poor health which was named Mature Millers Walking Football Club on 11 July 2019.

£248,670 – To allow 2,050 people to take part in various activities and sports including walking, netball and line dancing. Training to national standards for people interested in coaching sports. Given to Camelon Community SPorts Hub on 14th June 2018.

£9,470 – To establish a club to offer physical, social and educational activities for people over the age of 50. This will provide physical activities, volunteering opportunities and social activities for older people to Portsmouth (Pompey) ITC Walking Football Club on 13th January 2016.

£9,364 – To continue to deliver and extend gentle exercise and Walking Football sessions for older people to Fylde Walking Football group on 12th July 2017.

£2,032 – For a defibrillator and pitch hire for Hull Pacemakers Walking Football Club on 12th January 2021.

£10,000 – Funding to provide Walking Basketball sessions for older, less active people and to improve their fitness, socialize and bring everyone together. This was given to Walking Basketball Manchester on 21st February 2018.

So now as you can see you are in a very good position yourselves to receive funding for your Walking Sports projects.

The National Community Fund – Applying For Funding

England

(Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Telephone: 0345 4 10 20 30

Email: [email protected]

Northern Ireland

(Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Telephone: 028 9055 1455

Email: [email protected]

Scotland

(Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Telephone: 0300 123 7110

Email: [email protected]

Wales

(Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Telephone: 0300 1230735

Email: [email protected]

Good luck everyone with your funding from all of us here at Walking Sports

Official National Lottery Community Fund Website