Bursaries and funding

Athlete Bursary

The Swim England East Region bursary is open to athletes that have been selected to be part of British Swimming or England Talent teams from a club (all disciplines) that is affiliated to Swim England East Region.

Athletes must be between 12- 25 years of age and the bursary is for up to £500 per athlete. Please read the Bursary Criteria document for more information.

Bursary Criteria Document – updated July 2023

Bursary Application Form

Club Financial Toolkit

The Club Financial Toolkit is a new guide which includes tips and advice on all aspects of managing income and expenditure during an ‘economically challenging time’. The 48-page booklet can be downloaded free of charge and contains case studies from a number of clubs.

Covered in the toolkit are managing club finances, employment, legal structures, tax and VAT, income and expenditure plus sponsorship and fundraising as well as additional resources and relevant links to useful information.


There are various sources of funding that clubs may be able to access to help with their development plans.  These may include their ASA/Swim England county associations and local authorities who often have sports development funding.  Active Partnerships (formerly County Sports Partnerships) often have details of local funding opportunities.

Michael Mogan, Swim England’s Head of Fundraising, has some useful Q&A’s available

is Sport England’s one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.

If your club has been successful in receiving funding from an external source, we would love to hear how this was achieved and what it was for. 

Cash4Clubs is a sports funding scheme, giving clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, buy new equipment, gain qualifications and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.

The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving recipients and is committed to funding even more sports clubs in the future. With awards of £500, £750, £1000 and £10,000 available.

Funding 4 Sport was established to take one of the leading positions in funding within the sports and community deveopment industry. 



Easyfundraising has created a three-step plan to show how simple it is to raise funds throughout the coronavirus pandemic when traditional money-making ventures can’t take place.

Crowdfunding may be able to help your aquatic club. There are many organisations who can offer this service, many of who are waiving their fees to help grass roots sports clubs at this time.


Swimathon can help your aquatic club. They have useful hints and tips on their website as well as access to funding pots

Sport England has various pots of funding open from time to time that can be applied for by your club

The Allianz Sports Fund has various pots of funding open from time to time. With Grants of £500, £1,000, £2,000 and £3,000 are available.

Awards are to help sports clubs continue to provide opportunities within their local community.

Applications will only be accepted from clubs who have been nominated by one of our Broker Partners. To be eligible sports clubs must take part in an Olympic or Paralympic sport.

The Swimming Teacher Education Fund will help more swimming teachers become trained so that they can help in schools, clubs and community groups. This dedicated fund is designed to help businesses and individuals invest in the future of young people