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Grant Process

National Hockey Foundation

Grant Process


The Grant application process

The complete text is available as a download by clicking on forms in the left hand menu box together with all the necessary forms.

For answers to the following questions please see below:  

1.   Who Do We Give Money To?

2.   What the Foundation supports

3.   What the Foundation does not support 

4.   Capital Projects

5.   How often are Grants awarded? 

6.   Is there a deadline for applications? 

7.   How much money can we request?

8.   Who can apply for funding? 

9.   What will the Foundation expect from a successful applicant?

10. How do we apply for funding? 

11. How long does the application process take?

12. Can we apply for a grant more than once? 

13. Where should we send our application?  

14. Questionnaire  

Who Do We Give Money To?

The Foundation primarily makes grants to a wide range of organisations that meet one of our chosen areas of focus:

• Young people and hockey.

• Young people and sport in Milton Keynes.

• Enabling the development of hockey at youth or community level.

• Smaller Charities.  

What the Foundation supports.

This is only a general guide and does not constitute an exhaustive list. Falling within these criteria does not guarantee funding as it is the Trustees who make the final decision.

• Grants for which the application has been supported by England Hockey.

• Grants can be awarded to clubs, limited companies, registered charities and other bodies.

• Grants are usually awarded to organisations working with young people (approximately defined as individuals under 21 years old).

• Grants can be awarded for medium to long-term projects (i.e. over one year) or for shorter term one-off projects. A maximum limit of 3 years of support can be provided (either an instalment grant or three separate applications).

• Grants can only be awarded to specific projects and not for general donations.

• Grants can be awarded for refurbishment costs e.g. equipment purchase, and for a new construction.

• Funding generally will be given for training/re-training, educational equipment, activity based learning, sports equipment, transport and occasionally costs of project staff. If requesting salary funding applicants should submit a job description for the post.

• Grants may be awarded to cover part of a cost of a project.

• In appropriate circumstances the Trustees may consider offering a loan to support  particular projects.  

What the Foundation does not support

• Grants will not be awarded as general donations. The Grant has to be related to a specific project.

• Grants will not be awarded for day-to-day administrative running costs.

• Grants are not awarded to individuals.

• Grants will not be awarded to solely support elite athletes.

• Grants will not be awarded for fundraising events.

• Grants will not be awarded to sponsor an award.

• Grants will not be awarded for projects outside of England.

• Grants will not be awarded where the project does not provide a lasting benefit or is not  sustainable. 

• Grants are generally not awarded to projects where the Trust’s input will not make an impact.

• Grants are not usually awarded for more than 50% of the project cost.

• Grants are not usually awarded for applications where the primary funding is to support the payment of salaries.

Capital Projects

Grant applications for capital projects such as building or pitch work require additional supporting information before the application can be considered.  

These will include:

  • Details & terms of interest in land i.e. freehold or lease term and conditions.
  • Details of the proposed mechanism to ensure that community sporting use is available and maintained.
  • Position concerning the status of Planning application & building control.
  • Detailed project costings and procurement details.(i.e. external contract or selfbuild).
  • Does the application fit into the National Governing Body’s facility plan and if so how?
  • How the application fits into the local authority strategic sports plan?  
  • Financial plans covering the future operational costs of the development & if appropriate how funds will be generated to cover items such as pitch replacement.
  • How will the project impact on local youth development policies?
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) must be realistic and measurable.

How often are Grants awarded?

Grants are generally awarded quarterly.

Is there a deadline for applications? 

There is no deadline for grant applications but applications intended for the next meeting must be received four weeks before that meeting. Once the application has been received it will be reviewed by the Secretary (and possibly a committee) and if considered complete it will be presented to the next Trustee’s meeting on a rolling basis.  

How much money can we request?

There is no limit on the amount of money that an organisation can request. However, the Foundation does not generally award grants for less than £10,000 or more than £75,000.  

Who can apply for funding?

Any organisation meeting the requirements of the Foundation may apply.  

What will the Foundation expect from a successful applicant?

The Trustees will expect any conditions applied to be fully and properly implemented AND to see the support of the Foundation well publicised and promoted.  

How do we apply for funding?

A Grant Application Form must be fully completed for any funding to be considered. Please ensure that all the relevant items indicated on section F (Check list) are included. In addition to the application form you may wish to provide additional supporting information that you consider relevant to your application. If you are unsure as to whether a grant application will meet the requirements you may ask the Trustees by completing the GRANT INDICATION FORM. This will allow the Foundation to provide you with an indication about the suitability of an application without you initially having to complete the full Application Form. Such an indication will not be binding upon the Trustees.

The Trustees wish to see all applications endeavouring to specifically identify that part of the scheme project costs which solely support the the development of young people.

How long does the application process take?

It could take up to 6 months depending on the amount requested and the timing of submission in relation to our regular review meeting. You may be asked to provide additional information or to refine your application. You will be sent a letter within 10 days of the Trustee’s meeting advising you of their decision.  

Can we apply for a grant more than once?


Where should we send our application? 

An electronic copy of your application should be emailed to:


The Trustees are always keen to learn what applicants feel about the application process.

If you would like to complete a questionnaire please follow the link


and send the completed questionnaire to

The National Hockey Foundation

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