Wembley Stadium lies at the heart of the London Borough of Brent, in north-west London. It is one of the most diverse and vibrant parts of the capital. But it is also one of high levels of deprivation and need, particularly in terms of low income, poor housing and ill-health. Parts of the borough are amongst the 5% most deprived in London.
The sports sector in Brent is unusual. There are very few senior charter standard clubs in any sport. But there is a plethora of smaller, grassroots community clubs and organisations, often run solely by volunteers and operating on a shoestring.
WNST’s support for the residents and sports organisations in Brent is at the heart of what we do. Over the years, we have supported projects which have helped tens of thousands of local residents, of all ages and abilities, to get more active. Football has always been the most popular activity, from children’s grassroots sessions up to senior non-league clubs. But we know this is not for everyone – and more than 30 different sports have received grants from us.
We fund both local sports clubs as well as larger or more general community organisations providing sports activities or facilities. Grants are available for both revenue (running costs, training courses etc.) as well as capital (facilities, equipment etc.)
We expect there to be two grants rounds a year, as and when funds allow.
Each round has two programmes:
• Community awards – grants of up to £3,000 to local sports clubs or other smaller organisations towards general running costs, coaching, training courses, equipment etc.
• Strategic awards – a smaller number of larger grants, up to £25,000, to fund broader revenue projects or larger capital works.
To see the application process and to find out the next closing date click here