Grants and funding

Small Grants Scheme - Arts, Sports and Youth

There is a small grant scheme available to residents and organisations based in Woking which is outlined below.

The Sports Grants of this scheme are administered by Woking Sports Council and we welcome applications throughout the year (please note that funds become available in April each year and are dealt with on a first come, first served basis until the funds are spent). Please see below for further information.

Funding is now available

There is a small grants scheme available to those residing or located within the borough, which is awarded to individuals or clubs that would like to:

  1. enhance or improve equipment and/or facilities for individual or group performances;
  2. develop and expand the range of activities;
  3. increase participation and the number of members;
  4. provide specified specialist coaching or training for individuals or groups to achieve (1), (2) or (3) above;
  5. fund innovations or new events requiring initial support.

The funds are available to expand the role or performance of recipients and should not be available for routine expenses or to support an existing programme.

There is a maximum award of £500 for exceptional projects with an average award of £275. Applications must include evidence that the applicant is contributing a minimum level of 50% to the cost of the scheme from either personal or other sources. There is a limit of one application per individual or group in any Council year. A minimum 40% proportion of grant funds is available for individual applications.

Please allow 6 weeks for a response once your application has been submitted.

For those applying for a youth grant, please note that applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis by Woking Youth Council. Please ensure that your application is submitted at least three months prior to your activity.

Make a grant aid application for sports, arts or youth online

Woking Borough Council Community Grants

The grants scheme aims to support those projects and services which further the aims of Woking“s Community Strategy, which seeks to tackle the needs of the Borough by working in partnership with local organisations. Criteria for the Community Grants Scheme has been drawn up. For the purpose of the scheme, the Council has adopted a definition of a community organisation. A number of sports clubs have been successful applying for this grant. For more information please visit the community grants page.

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External Funding Opportunities

Listed below are several other available sources of funding. If you are thinking of applying to one of them, please feel free to contact or phone 01483 743804, as we may have previous successful examples that you can take a look at to help you in your application.

Sport England Small Grants

Small Grants uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport.

If you are considering applying for a grant we would encourage you to complete the pre-application checklist as a first step. To find out more about the fund in general visit the Sport England webpage.

GLL Sport Foundation Sports Grant

The GLL Sport Foundation is one of the leading independent supporters of young sporting talent in the South of England; having currently provided funding and training grants to over 2000 athletes across 60 different sports at a value of over £1.5million.

The GLL Sport Foundation in partnership with our partners, sponsors and supporters provides tangible support (financial awards and training membership awards) for talented young sports men and women across South England.

For more details please go to the website.

The Community Foundation for Surrey

The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust raising the level of giving and building permanent community funds. It awards grants to local community and voluntary groups who make a real difference to people's lives and the quality of life in their communities. These grants are awarded from a growing programme of charitable funds established by individuals, families, companies and trusts who want to support local community projects in Surrey. For more details on how to apply please visit the website.

Surrey County Playing Fields Association

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for equipment, initial set-up costs, disabled facilities, new activities, special events and courses for judges and coaches.

Grants of up to a maximum of £1,000 but usually of £500, are available for children's play equipment, holiday schemes and playgroups. Grants for on-going revenue costs are not available. Contact the SCPFA local development officer for help and more details: Dr R Elsdon-Dew, Heath Cottage, Heath Drive, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, KT20 7QS. Tel. 01737 812781 or email

Other External Sources

There are a whole variety of external funding bodies that local groups, clubs, organisations and individuals can access. In order to help you to find the most relevant schemes, Active Surrey have a database listing the available funds along with their criteria.

Active Surrey Funding Search