The 2023 Club Improvement Fund is now open for applications

Our purpose at England Athletics is to inspire more athletes and runners of all abilities and backgrounds to fulfil their potential and to have a lifelong love for the sport. This means supporting our member clubs, and an integral part of this support is providing funding opportunities.

We know that every day, clubs face financial barriers, and the current cost of living crisis is seeing clubs manage additional pressures.

We are pleased to announce our Club Improvement Fund is returning for 2023 and is now open for applications from member clubs.

About the Fund

The Club Improvement Fund will provide grants of up to £500 to support clubs with projects that aim to reduce some of the barriers they are facing. Projects that will help to provide a safe, sustainable and welcoming environment for their athletes and runners. 

We are particularly interested in club projects that focus on one or more of the points below:

  • Improving online presence.
  • Investment in recruiting new or supporting your existing workforce.
  • Supporting the development of an athlete pathway within the club.
  • Providing a welcoming environment for members
  • Developing links within the community

The Grant programme will be open for clubs to apply throughout the year. However, we do have a limited amount of funds and once this allocation has been granted the fund will cease for that year.

Personal Best Foundation – Small Grants Fund 

The Personal Best Foundation Small Grants Fund will provide grants of between £500 to £2000 to support clubs and/or community organisations who are already delivering athletics activity to underserved children and young people.  

Funding will be available to help SUSTAIN, ENHANCE or INCREASE the reach of existing activity.  

We are particularly interested in funding clubs who are supporting children and young people from the following target groups: 

  • living in areas of high social deprivation 
  • from under-represented ethnic and faith based communities 
  • from low-income families 

The small grants fund is available as part of a wider call for evidence and will be open until 12 September 2023.