Funding Opportunities

Explore the different funding options which can support your activity

A wealth of funding opportunities exist to support clubs and centres get more people on the water, improve facilities, or support individuals and their own boating journey. Discover the RYA's community funding tool to help you find the right funding partner, advice about getting ready for funding applications, and country specific information.  

The RYA have teamed up with Idox to provide a community funding support website for boating. 

Go to the new site to start your search for funding.

  1. Register with the site and agree to Idox's terms and conditions
  2. Search for funding - provide details of your organisation and the project you are looking to support and hit the search button
  3. Browse funding - a broader picture of the types of funding that are out there
  4. Review your results - you can filter them, sort them, produce reports, save your searches
  5. Tell us about your funding success stories...



Looking to fund projects to get more people active on the water or improve what your club or centre offers? The RYA provide a community funding website for boating.

RYA's Funding Finder


UK Sport and Sport England have agreed a Code for Sports Governance in order to protect the public's investment into sport and activity. The code applies to all organisations within the UK to whom Sport England provides funding. Find out more in our written guidance or watch the webinar below.

Sport England have always tried to address inequalities through their funding and encourage projects that support people who have poorer health outcomes and lower activity levels and each year invest more than £250 million of National Lottery and public money to help people play sport and be active. Funding streams change, so look to their website for explanations of what is currently open, and how to find the right fund for you.

Sport England funding and resources
Guidance on the Code for Sport Governance

Find out about the Code and ensure you can comply with any conditions for Sport England funding

Club matters - income generation

A wide range of tools, guidance and resources on income generation

Funding streams

Sport England will guide you to the appropriate fund and explain what you need to do

Other ways to generate funding

Sport England funds won't always match what you're looking for, so here is a list of all the other ways you can generate funding, from crowdfunding to Gift Aid.

Active Together

A crowdfunding initiative that can match fund successful Crowdfunder campaigns with expert advice and guidance to support you

Sport England – Small Grants

Develop opportunities for communities to get more people physically active


Northern Ireland

Sport Northern Ireland is dedicated to developing people in sport, especially young people, and providing facilities for people of every age group and ability to be able to participate, enjoy and perform sport and physical activity.

To sustain and increase participation, and improve performances in sport, Sport Northern Ireland invests in a range of projects throughout Northern Ireland.

Sport Northern Ireland is a Lottery award distributor and also provides exchequer funding to a number of Sport Northern Ireland recognised Governing Bodies of Sport.

Funding programmes

From facilities, to clubs and hardship

Funding guidance

Project development guidance

Sports Forum Funding Opportunities

The latest funding opportunities brought to you by the independent voice of voluntary sport in Northern Ireland



Sport Scotland is the national agency for sport in Scotland and they invest in the organisations and people who deliver sport and physical activity.

Funding and resources in Scotland
sportscotland funding

From coach education subsidies, sport facilities funds and National Lottery awards for all.

The National Lottery Community Fund

From quick ways to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000 to larger grants up to £200,000.

Foundation Scotland

From Portree to Dundee, funding programmes to benefit communities across Scotland.



Sport Wales distribute funding to community clubs, volunteers and athletes. 

Funding information

Funding information for community clubs, volunteers and athletes

Club solutions - funding your sports club

Information about grant schemes and loan finance for clubs, facilities and equipment

BeActive Wales

Protecting and progressing community sport clubs and organisations in Wales to reduce inequality, create long term sustainability and introduce new or different ways of operating


Looking to fund projects to get more people active on the water or improve what your club or centre offers? The RYA provide a community funding website for boating.

RYA's Funding Finder
Funding available via the RYA

The RYA have partnered with easyfundraising – a platform that turns everyday online shopping into donations for your club!

RYA Foundation

The RYA’s national charity who support clubs and centres around the UK. Nearly 15,000 people have been helped to get on the water and experience the joy and freedom of sailing through grants.

RALPHH grants for clubs

The charity’s aim is to increase public access to defibrillators nationwide

For further advice contact your RDO here
Chief Executive Officer (Interim)
RYA Wales Head Office
West Wales Club Development Officer
07824 990693
North Wales Club Development Officer (vacant)
Regional Communicator (vacant)
RYA East Disability Development Officer
07770 426191
RYA East Regional Chair
01245 321126
RYA East Regional Development Officer
07747 563298
RYA London & South East Disability Development Officer
07887 572246
RYA London & South East Regional Chair
07974 644713
RYA London & South East Regional Development Officer
07748 804802
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RYA Midlands Regional Chair
07966 126815
RYA Midlands Regional Development Officer
07387 026731
RYA North East Disability Development Officer
07786 693388
RYA North East Regional Chair
RYA North East Regional Development Officer
07771 642933
RYA North West Regional Chair
07814 006673
RYA North West & North East Regional Manager
07771 642933
Office Administrator
028 9182 7154
Development Officer
07919 923018
RYA Scotland Chief Executive Officer
RYA Scotland Regional Development Manager
RYA Scotland Regional Development Officer (North)
RYA Scotland Regional Development Officer (East)
RYA Scotland Regional Development Officer (West)
RYA Scotland Pathway Sailing Officer
RYA Scotland Coach Education and Development Manager
RYA Scotland Training Development Officer
RYA Scotland Communications and Engagement Officer
RYA Scotland Planning and Environment Officer
RYA Regional Manager - South
07748 806733
RYA South Deputy Chair
07711 537816
RYA South Regional Chair
RYA South West Disability Development Officer
07917 193742
RYA South West Regional Chair
07816 654590
RYA South West Regional Development Officer
07876 330374