Local sports clubs can be found in every town in the country and many – particularly in smaller towns and villages – are the linchpin of their local communities. But in today’s austere climate, many are struggling financially and rely on cash injections and grants from wherever possible. The Celebrate England programme is offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups or clubs to host one-off community events – events that can be mutually beneficial for both your club and the community – and we want to encourage your club to apply.

How to apply for funding

Funded through the Big Lottery Fund – which distributes millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s ‘good cause’ money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK – Celebrate England is particularly keen to receive applications from groups who have not applied before.

One of the key aspects is for your club to demonstrate that you are open to everyone in the local community and that you represent value for money. Sports clubs do exactly that and should your club apply you could wind up with a very handy grant.

Show them what your club has to offer

In their own words, Celebrate England will give higher priority to applications from “projects which strongly demonstrate that they are people led and are something the community wants”, “projects which demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures” and “projects which actively bring different generations together”. Local sports clubs tick all of these boxes, and so KUDOS wants to encourage all of our affiliated sports clubs to apply.

This checklist will help you decide if this funding is right for your club before you spend time and effort submitting an application. The deadline for applications is noon Friday 21st October.


KUDOS passionately supports and encourages people from all backgrounds and communities to take part in sporting activity at any level, from grassroots to the top. We recognise that sport is a powerful force for good and social integration.


KUDOS is proud to supply kit to a range of sports clubs across the country – custom teamwear and custom kit that is built for performance and worn with pride.


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