Funding

Funding for your aquatics club is available from an array of resources, some of which are covered here.

Regional and County ASA

The Region, in partnership with the County Associations, run a bursary scheme.  Application forms need to be submitted to your County Association contact as detailed on the below application form.

If you are actively working within a club network you may be eligible for funding from the South West Region. Two funding pots are available, see the below forms for more information.  Please note, the Swimming Committee will not fund Diving, Open Water, Artistic Swimming or Water Polo activities. For any queries on the funding available please contact the Regional Office

For other funding opportunities that may be available please see the Funding Guide put together by sports coach UK in partnership with England Coaching Network, Governing Bodies of Sport and the Home Country Sports Council. 

Each Swim England County Swimming Association also has funding available to clubs to support them – please click on the County you are interest in to be directed to their page.

Cornwall

Devon

Dorset  

Gloucester

Somerset 

Wiltshire 

Funding During COVID-19 Period

Sport England Funding Package

As the country deals with coronavirus (Covid-19), we know sport and physical activity organisations are facing a hugely difficult period of time.

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package is made up of the following: 

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment 
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England. 

Alongside this, given cashflow concerns in the sector, we’ve also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to our partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner. 

The package follows our recent decision to offer major flexibilities to those who currently receive funding – including the ability to change timings, key performance indicators, targets and conditions, and redirect money to new activity in response to coronavirus.

Please note the in terms of the Community Emergency fund it is only costs incurred that they will fund, they will not fund a loss of income.  

For example if a club had organised a gala that was then cancelled because of coronavirus and were expecting to make £5,000 in entry fees and had hired and paid £1,000 for the facility up-front. The club could claim for the £1,000 costs of hiring the facility but could not claim the £5,000 for loss of entry fee income. 

NB – the club would need to meet all other eligibility criteria within the Sport England guidance.

To read and find out more click here to visit Sport England's website. 

Regional & Local Funding Pots

There are a number of local funding pots which are availabke for clubs to access. Click here to view the full document with available funding. 


Sport England/County Sports Partnerships

Sport England is the one the largest funders in the country. They provide a ‘Small Grants Scheme’ along with other themed rounds of funding which clubs can bid for based around delivering different objectives. More information can be found by clicking here

The County Sports Partnerships are networks of local agencies committed to working together to increase participation in sport and physical activity.  To find your local County Sports Partnership click here.

For other funding opportunities that may be available please see the Funding Guide put together by Sports Coach UK in partnership with England Coaching Network, Governing Bodies of Sport and the Home Country Sports Council. 


Club Sponsorship

There isn't a 'one size fits all' package when approaching the topic of sponsorship.

Clubs may seek sponsorship for various different events and projects, such as Team Kit, Equipment or Training Camps.

Sport England provide a Sponsorship Toolkit through Club Matters; Swim England have produced their own Aquatic pack to be used as an extension to this. 

Throughout the document there are samples, guidance and templates which can help you develop a sponsorship proposal specifically for your club. 

The Swim England document includes: 

  • A step by step guide to compiling a sponsorship proposal.
  • Templates, samples and top tips for clubs. 
  • Examples of companies to try and approach. 
  • Links to additional documents and contacts. 
  • Club case studies. 

Along with the document you there are editable word document templates which can be downloaded and edited to suit your club. 

The Swim England pack and editable documents  can be found by clicking the link below: 

Creating a Sponsorship Pack

Editable Sponsorship Templates for Clubs

Sport England's guide to Club Matters can be found by clicking here


Swim England Awards 

Did you know you that you can generate income for your club by selling Swim England Awards?

Many leisure centres sell awards as part of their learn to swim scheme and generate considerable income by doing so. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Awards motivate children thus helping you to retain them within your club.
  • Parents/ Guardians can see that their child is progressing.
  • Clubs can generate income on each award sold.
  • Clubs can use the Adam Peaty campaign to promote the awards.
  • There are awards for all disciplines and all levels up to competition.
  • SwimMark accredited clubs receive a 5% discount on award purchases.

So is there a business case for selling awards?

If your club has learn to swim and pre competitive squads then yes. The average profit for every award sold is £1. There is also the additional income generated by retaining swimmers within your club programme. 

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