Sports Development Funding


Key Dates
1st April, 2022 to 31st March, 2023
Opening Date:   Thursday, 30th June 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
Closing Date:  Friday, 29th July 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Background Information
Clubs are eligible to apply to both programmes subject to satisfying the programme criteria.

Pitch Maintenance Fund
Following the recent completion of the Playing Pitch Strategy, Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Sports Committee has invested in a new Maintenance Fund that will provide financial assistance towards clubs who own and maintain their facilities and in particular playing pitches.
The aim of the fund is to provide financial assistance to ensure that clubs have the opportunity to maintain their playing surface to the highest level, therefore enabling greater usage on a more regular basis. Any financial assistance must be associated with maintenance of the playing surface or fixed asset that is integral towards the delivery of the sport. Applicant clubs can apply for up to £2,000 through the Pitch Maintenance Fund.
The total budget for the Pitch Maintenance fund will be £40,000

Application Form


Support for Sport Fund
Support for Sport Fund is a small grants programme primarily aimed at grassroots sports.  The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver demonstrable increases in sports participation amongst identified target groups with small grant of £500 to £2,000 available. The funding can cover costs such as participation initiatives, coach and club development training, travel to competition and equipment.
The total budget for the Support for Sport Programme will be £60,000

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When applying for funding:
  • You may contact relevant Council Officers before completion of your Application who may advise you on the process or provide clarification in respect of your application but not on the content of your application. Any queries should be directed to Aiden Lynch on
  • Supporting documentation is required for successful applications only.  Any additional information provided will not be considered in the Assessment Process.
  • Please keep a copy of your completed Application Form for your own reference.
Deadline for submission of applications
When submitting your application in hard copy you should send it to:
Support for Sport & Pitch Maintenance Fund
The Health & Community Department
Sports Development Section
Derry City and Strabane District Council
98 Strand Road
Derry BT48 7NN
Support for Sport & Pitch Maintenance Fund
The Health & Community Department
Sports Development Section
Derry City and Strabane District Council
47 Derry Road
Strabane BT82 8DY
Remember: An official receipt must be obtained from a Council Official from the Sports Development Department if the application is delivered by hand.
If posting, it is recommended that you do give due regard to delivery times specifically during holiday time including Bank Holidays to ensure that your application is delivered by the closing date.
If submitting your application via email, please forward the application to only.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the that email has been received by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Applicants are reminded that the deadline for submission of applications is 3.00pm on Friday 29th July 2022.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application early as this deadline is absolute.

Under no circumstances will an application be deemed eligible after the 3:00pm deadline.