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Community Grant Scheme 2021

This year we will continue to provide a small community grant programme to support organisations that wish to take part in National Sporting Heritage Day 2021.

Group of visitors sitting around the Watford FC dressing room as part of a Stadium Tour

Watford FC Stadium Tour

We aim to support activity that shines a light on the importance of sharing community sporting heritage for inter-generational learning, celebration and better representation. This funding will support engagement with local and diverse collections, which tell the story and stories of sporting activity, heroes, and endeavour.  We are particularly interested in applications from organisations that support women’s and disability sports.

We would like to see a range of different activities and online activities supported through this programme of funding and as such, we are not prescriptive about what the funding may be used to support. Instead, we provide guidance on what we can fund, and what we can’t, and ideas about the type of project you may wish to develop.

What can we fund?

Community grants are open to any group or organisation with a formal constitution. This includes, but is not limited to, museums, archives, libraries, sports clubs and governing bodies, schools, uniformed groups, youth clubs, and community history groups.

We support projects which:

  • are focused on collections
  • improve remote or online access to sporting heritage collections and their stories
  • are focused on communities and community engagement
  • engage new and diverse audiences with sporting heritage
  • focus on inter-generational celebration and learning

Funding can be used to support many different types of activity, including (but not limited to):

  • Creating resources and online content such as podcasts and short films
  • Delivering events
  • Transport
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Engaging consultants / experts
  • Delivering temporary exhibitions
  • Developing new ways of working
  • Training and development opportunities

Funding cannot be used to support on-going organisational costs.

How much can you apply for?

This year we will be offering grants of £250

How do I apply?

Informal advice on eligibility may be sought from our NSHD Campaign Lead at any time by email

Applications are submitted via an online application form that can be accessed here:

NSHD 2019 Community Event, Tower Museum

Deadlines for application and activity:

  • Applications for funding open – 20th May 2021
  • Application deadline – 30th June 2021 at 12pm
  • Applicants notified by – 14th July 2021
  • Acceptance forms returned by – 28th July 2021
  • Activity begins from – 29th July 2021
  • Activity completed no later than – 30th November 2021

How will my application be assessed?

Our team leading on the National Sporting Heritage Day programme will look at all the applications and ensure that we are able to fund a range of activity that is a geographically diverse and meets the aims and objectives of the programme outlined above.

What happens if I’m successful?

We’ll ask you to complete a simple form which outlines how the project went, what worked well, and what you’d do differently if you had to do it again.

We’ll also ask you to share your activity through a simple blog post.

And we’ll ask you to let people know that we’ve funded your activity through using our logo and recognising Sporting Heritage CIC in promotional material. Logo available here

Again, if this provides a barrier to your participation in the programme, get in touch via email at and there are lots of adjustments we can put into place to ensure we can support you.


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