Grants for schools - summer round-up

Help your pupils follow active, healthy lifestyles with our selection of grants to boost sports and wellbeing facilities

Tesco Bags of Help

Grant value: Up to £2,000

Next deadline: Ongoing. New projects are featured in store every three months

Details: Local good causes, including schools, can apply to be recipients of funding from Tesco. Previously voted for in-store using blue tokens, the scheme has been temporarily changed due to COVID-19, so that three causes in each area receive an equal share of the quarterly funding pot. Projects should benefit the local community, and can include everything from improving buildings and developing outdoor spaces to running community events or seasonal activities.

How to apply: Take the eligibility quiz online, giving details of your local Tesco store and an outline of your project, at

Football Foundation

Grant value: Varies

Next deadline: Ongoing

Details: The Football Foundation is the charity of the Premier League, The Football Association and the government, offering grants to improve grassroots football facilities. Applications can be for projects ranging from replacement goalposts, new fencing or improved drainage, to the creation or refurbishment of artificial or natural grass pitches. At least 25% match funding is required for most projects.

How to apply: Apply online at

Peter Harrison Foundation

Grant value: Average grant is £36,000

Next deadline: Ongoing. Allow six months for the process

Details: The foundation’s Opportunities Through Sport grant programme is available for projects providing opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential. Funding is usually only available for capital projects, such as the installation of sports equipment or the construction of sports pitches and other sports facilities.

How to apply: Register your interest at

The Hockey Youth Trust

Grant value: £100 to £1,200

Next deadline: Ongoing

Details: Schools can obtain a grant for the development of youth hockey, enabling them to purchase starter kits, playing equipment and junior goalkeeping kit. Funding is also available to develop zone hockey, junior umpires, indoor hockey or youth leagues.

How to apply: Download an application form at

Happy Days Children’s Charity

Grant value: Varies

Next deadline: Ongoing

Details: Funding is available for recreational trips for groups of young people, aged 3-17, with additional needs. Schools groups, especially those from special schools, are welcome to apply, and the money granted can cover the cost of the trip for the children and their key carers. Additional helpers must be self-funded.

How to apply: Download an application form at

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

Grant value: Average grant is £400

Next deadline: Ongoing

Details: Schools can obtain a grant that will allow a group of disadvantaged young people to build on an existing interest in the great outdoors. Activities must take place in the UK, and can include walking, climbing, cycling, kayaking, sailing and horse riding, as well as residential courses at outdoor centres.

How to apply: Apply by email, making sure you include all the information requested: