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Funding for sports

Funding for sports comes from a variety of sources such as local councils, Sport England, charitable trusts and local businesses.

West Dorset District Council's Sports Development Unit offers advice and support to developing sports organisations. It has four grant schemes to support sports projects and events. The grant schemes are open to not-for-profit organisations based in, or working in, West Dorset. The schemes are:

Small grants for sports

£50-£250 is available to support existing or new clubs. Small Grants for Sports application form (pdf, 179kb) (opens in a new window)

Leisure development fund

Grants are available through the Leisure Development Fund for projects costing £1,000 or more with awards based on 20% of the estimated project costs to a maximum of £5,000.  There are three funding rounds each year (the closing dates for each round of funding are 1 April, 1 August, 1 December). Leisure Development Fund application form - Sports projects and events (pdf, 474kb) (opens in a new window)

Section 106 grant fund

Organisations can apply for a share of money secured from developers from various planning permissions via what is known as 'Section 106 agreements'. In order to distribute this money the district council applies the Leisure Development Fund criteria.

Rate relief

Sports clubs are now required to apply though the Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) scheme, administered by HM Revenue and Customs to provide clubs with a range of tax benefits as well as being able to benefit from 80% mandatory rate relief.

Clubs are therefore required to first apply to HM Revenue and Customs to register as a CASC in order to receive rate relief.  An additional discretionary amount can then be awarded from the district council of between 0-20% in certain circumstances.

If you are unsuccessful with your application to the HM Revenue and Customs, you can still be considered for discretionary rate relief by the district council, but we will need to be satisfied that you have made every possible effort to comply with the CASC requirements before we will consider your application.  We will also conduct an annual review to check that your circumstances have not changed.

Funding advice

Staff from West Dorset District Council can provide advice on possible sources of partnership funding for projects and events. 

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