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We're committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults by working to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all in Bedfordshire. Find Out More

Funding Support

Find out what funds are locally available to help your club or organisation encourage Bedfordshire to move more!

Funding Support

Funding Support

Small Grants with awards of up to £15,000

Grants are available to charities, voluntary and community groups, local authorities, clubs, schools, and other not-for-profit organisations delivering sports and physical activities to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged communities in England.

Sport England's Small Grants Programme can now give 50% larger awards to help communities get active after the maximum grant amount was increased to £15,000 for 2023.

Couch 2 Coach Luton

Couch 2 Coach Luton provides funding for people wanting to get qualified to coach or support sports or physical activity sessions in Luton. The aim of Couch 2 Coach Luton is to develop a broader and more diverse sports coaching workforce by up-skilling individuals from under-served groups or those working to increase activity levels in under-represented communities in our region. The fund especially welcomes applications from those who are at the start of their coaching journey and up until now do not have a coaching qualification .

We are currently only accepting applications from deliverers or coaches in Luton.


Are you a sports club in Bedfordshire looking for financial support or are looking to fund-raise to improve your facilities? Then Crowdfunding may be the answer to help you raise the cash needed for your club! Work with your community within your sports club and beyond to raise money which could be match funded by Sport England up to £10,000. It's a simple and effective way to raise money for your club and with the support from Be Active you couldn't find an easier way to do it.

Young people, community safety and criminal justice

This is an open call out to community partners to submit their ideas for a research project to gauge young people's perceptions of:

  • safety in Luton;
  • the Criminal Justice System;
  • trusting the Police and the wider community safety partnership

Luton Sport and Physical Activity Network

Funding & Grants for Bedfordshire Organisations

We are committed to providing a top quality funding support service for our local Bedfordshire sporting partners and customers. This includes detailed and up to date Funding information together with appropriate and timely advice, guidance and support for your sport funding needs and sport grant applications in Luton, Bedford and Central Bedfordshire.

We offer a wide range of support services to ensure that as many sports funding applications as possible are submitted to improve the sport and physical activity experience and infrastructure across Bedfordshire. We have worked with partners to bring in more than £1.2M of external funding into sport in the county during the 2021-22 financial year and the experience and knowledge of our staff is available to you.

Please contact us for more information

Other Sources of Funding Support

Please search through the database to see a list of funding streams which are also available for you to apply to.

Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) is a local organisation that provides quality support and representation to all voluntary and community groups in Bedfordshire.

The CVS funding and development officers offer specialist funding and development advice, call 01234 354366 to make an appointment or alternatively visit the CVS website for details.

Bespoke Bid Writing Support

We have a partnership with funding4sport. They provide a bespoke bid writing service as well and advice and guidance on funding opportunities. They would also review bids on your behalf prior to submission.

Further details are available via www.funding4sport.co.uk

Got a Great Idea?

If you could do with a little help but none of the funds seem applicable, then you can always just tell us your great idea.

Forget about the application process for now, simply tell us your idea - including ones to help the sport and physical activity sector in Bedfordshire through the coronavirus crisis - and we'll let you know if it's something we can help you with.

Even if we can't fund you there are other ways we can help, so let's start talking.