Funding help call goes out to clubs

GRASSROOTS sporting clubs across the Dales have been urged to look at how they could benefit from the Sportsmatch programme, which has been re-launched for 2011-12.

Sportsmatch brings additional funding to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new projects that get people playing and enjoying sport.

Grants ranging from £1,000 up to £100,000 are available to match sponsorship from the commercial sector, private individuals or charitable trusts.

Clubs, voluntary organisations, sports governing bodies, councils, schools and universities can get their applications in now, and the first awards will be made in early April.

Among last year’s beneficiaries was a project to get more young people in Derbyshire playing cricket.

Derbyshire Cricket Board received £4,425 from Sportsmatch to deliver coaching in 15 schools.

Sport England’s East Midlands champion Manjula Sood said: “Securing sponsorship for your sports project takes dedication and skill, particularly in a tough economic climate.

“I’m delighted that we’re able to double the benefit for sport by matching that investment.

“We’re determined to get public funding right down to sport’s grassroots, so get your applications in and start making an even bigger difference in your community.”

For more information – and to apply to the funding programme – visit the funding section of our website at

Alternatively, you can call the funding helpline on 08458 508 508.