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Funding Opportunities

Funding is available for young officials and volunteers to assist in the cost of courses and equipment. Click on your region to discover what funding is available and how you can apply.

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North East

Sport England Small Grants Scheme L1-L3 officials.

  • Who can access it? Any club/voluntary organisation.
  • Which qualifications does it cover? Variety of courses can be applied for - Level 1, 2 and 3 in any discipline, scUK and running sports, officials, etc.
  • How much is it for? Depends on what the organisation has applied for, will fund between £300 and £10,000.
  • How do I apply for it? Via the online application form.

Further information on funding in the North East can be found HERE.


North West

Regional Grant Aid

  • Who can access it? Teachers or coaches from swim21 clubs or clubs actively working towards swim21 in Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire.
  • Which qualifications does it cover? Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Coaching, Level 2 in Teaching Aquatics.
  • How much is it for? Clubs can apply for a maximum of £2,000, the actual amount awarded will be judged by a panel.
  • How do I apply? Clubs are asked to submit their improvement plan when submitting for their swim21 accreditation or submitting for their annual swim21 revalidation or reaccreditation.  The improvement plan is required to highlight the clubs key actions in priority order and be fully costed.  This plan will be used by the North West grant panel to decide how much the club will be awarded. The panel can also put forward four clubs for the British Gas Club Grant for consideration at each national swim21 panel.  This is decided by reviewing the clubs progress and plans for the future, so again the improvement plan and progress reports are key documents. For more information and an improvement plan template please email: swimnorthwest2@swimming.org

Get Into Coaching

Funds 50% up to a maximum of £200 per person for Level 1 and Level 2 coaching, teaching or aquatic fitness qualifications across the ASA disciplines. You are eligable if you are 16+ and live, work, coach or educate in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tamesdale, Trafford or Wigan. Complete a minimum of 10 hours voluntreering. For more information CLICK HERE.


East Midlands

Funding is determined by the county you live in.



West Midlands

There are a number of funding opportunities available for young volunteers and officials within the West Midlands region.

  • Young Volunteer Project in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcester – funding is available for Team Manager Training, the Young Aquatic Organiser Award, Time Keeper Course and Judge 1 course. Visit HERE for more information.
  • Eddie Blight Trust Fund for Young Officials – a grant of £50 is available to officials under the age of 25 in the West Midlands region to go towards clothing/equipment. CLICK HERE.
  • Further information on funding within the West Midlands can be found at www.cswsport.org.uk/funding

Clubmark Benefits Package

This scheme provides £100 to any club that successfully becomes accredited or re-accredited within a year of starting the process. The club can spend this money on whatever they wish
Coaching Bursary Scheme

The aim of the bursary scheme is to assist with increasing capacity within clubs and provide an increase in the number of coaches, and hence the coached hours available, especially for those aged 16+.  Priority will be given to National Governing Body clubs that have achieved Clubmark or clubs that will be able to achieve Clubmark, or equivalent, by receiving this funding.
The funding is only available to support coaches wishing to gain Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. Coaches in receipt of funding will be required to complete voluntary coaching hours (1 Hour for every £10 received) to impact within the Black Country BeActive partnership.
The maximum grant that can be applied for is 50% of the actual course cost (not transport or accommodation) up to a maximum shown below for each Level of National Governing Body award.  Although we cannot guarantee that the full amount will be awarded in each specific case.
National Governing Body Award

  • Level 1: £100
  • Level 2: £150
  • Level 3: £250

The maximum an organisation can be awarded in a financial year is £1,000.

The Swimming Trust / Coca-Cola Great Britain Teacher Coach Education and Training Grant Fund.

The provision of highly qualified and trained teachers and coaches is vital to the continuing development of all aquatic disciplines. To help support training costs The Swimming Trust with the support of Coca-Cola Great Britain have created a grant fund for selected candidates from affiliated and accredited clubs. Applicants must be from a Swim 21 organisation or working towards, and can apply for up to £250 for a Level 2 course.

CLICK HERE to download an application form.



ASA East Region swim21 Support Grant

  • Who can access it? Teachers or coaches from swim21 accredited or working towards swim21 clubs.
  • What qualifications does it cover? Levels 1, 2 and 3 all disciplines and swim21 related courses.
  • How much is it for? Up to 50% of current Institute of Swimming cost of course.
  • How do I apply? Via your club - it should be part of your club's improvement or action plan. The club should submit this plan with details of requirements and names of candidates. Where possible the club will be issued a voucher to be used against the cost of a specific course.




Mayoral Skills Legacy Funding

Funding of either 25%, 50% or 75% of the course cost can be applied for, in return for voluntary hours in a London Borough once qualified.

Please CLICK HERE for more information and application details.

East London Aquatics Education Programme

London Swimming and Pro Active East London are working together to provide funding for people working and volunteering, and committed to working and volunteering within East London Aquatics Clubs, to access funding for IOS/ASA courses running in East London over the next few months.

50 bursaries of £200 are available for specific courses. To find out if you are eligible and for application details CLICK HERE.



South East

There are a number of funding opportunities available for young volunteers and officials within the South East region.

ASA helper course – a grant of £50 towards cost of qualification.

Buckinghamshire Small Grants Programme

  • Who can access it? Grants are available to those investing in young people; to encourage education, training and self development.
  • How do I apply? Contact: Georgina O'Dell (01494 732103)

The Torch Trophy Trust – help volunteers to improve their skills as coaches/officials.

Further information on County funding can be found HERE.



South West

ASA SW/County Bursary Scheme

  • Who can access it? Volunteers from swim21 clubs.
  • Which qualifications does it cover? Levels 1-3.
  • How much is it for? Up to £100 for Level 1, up to £200 for Level 2 and up to £400 for Level 3.
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