On this page you can learn about match funding available for facility improvements through a partnership between Sport Wales and Crowdfunder.
Crowdfunder - A Place for Sport
What is Crowdfunder?
Crowdfunder is a way of raising money for good causes and ideas, while also helping your club or project to connect with your community.
On Crowdfunder’s website, people pledge money to support the cause or idea. In return, the person donating money can also get a reward, which can be a product, benefit, or service.
Sport Wales has partnered with Crowdfunder to support community clubs and activities to raise money for facility improvements.
The scheme is for not-for-profit clubs and community groups looking to raise money for ‘off-field’ improvements. For example:
- Changing rooms
- Clubhouse renovations
- Improved kitchen facilities to gain more income
- Bike racks and storage
- Lifts and ramps for better disability access
- Solar panels
- New fencing
The above examples are all ‘off-field’ improvements. If you’re looking for funding for ideas to improve ‘on-field’ participation at your club, check out our Be Active Wales Fund.
The Crowdfunder pilot scheme will run until April 2023.
How does this scheme with Crowdfunder work?
Clubs and organisations set up a page on the Crowdfunder website, which asks people to pledge money to the cause or idea. These ideas would benefit the local community by improving facilities.
Crowdfunder provide support and advice, including a coach to guide you through the process where appropriate.
Your Crowdfunder project is assessed by Sport Wales, who can decide what level of match-funding you’ll be eligible for based on the information you’ve provided.
If the Crowdfunder page has reached certain criteria, Sport Wales will match fund between 30% and 50% of the total, up to a maximum of £15,000 match-funding.
The percentage Sport Wales will match- fund (30% - 50%) is determined based on a project’s potential to tackle inequalities.
Who can apply?
Any not-for-profit clubs, voluntary or community-based organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity in Wales will be eligible for A Place for Sport.
The following are not eligible:
- Schools, colleges or universities
- Individuals and sole traders
- Commercial businesses or partnerships
- Leisure operators
- Any organisations who previously accessed the Sport Wales Private Provider Fund
How can I apply?
Set up a crowdfunding page for your project and select the option to be considered for A Place for Sport support. This page will be your application – there is no need to apply to us separately.
Watch the video and learn how to Crowdfund
How will the match funding be awarded?
If projects reach 25% of their target goal with support from a minimum number of donors Sport Wales will pledge between 30% and 50% of the total project, depending on the project’s potential to tackle inequalities within the community:
- 30%: If a project is likely to gain support on Crowdfunder.
- 40%: If a project demonstrates how it intends to support tackling inequalities.
- 50%: If a project is based in one of the most deprived areas of Wales, as identified by Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation data.
Please note that if the project fails to raise the remaining money within 8 weeks of receiving match-fundings the funding will be cancelled.
You can read the full details of eligible criteria on Crowdfunder.
Where can I get support?
By creating a project on Crowdfunder you will get access to:
- Online webinar events
- A bespoke online platform to show people how to crowdfund, and the Sport Wales support available
- 24/7 Crowdfunder online Help Centre
- Plenty of guides on how to plan, create and run a Crowdfunder project