Grant and Bursaries

To assist with paddler development in competition, exploration or personal skill level, there is sometimes a need to source extra funding. The following organisations and groups have funds or schemes which offer assistance. If you are interested please read the eligibility criteria, which vary from organisation to organisation. Some will require Governing Body (CANI) approval, please leave time to get the paperwork in place before any deadlines. 

There is also a sample of a Paddle Club Funding Needs Register at the base of the page to give a more visible aid and simple method of working through all of the funds that you are considering throughout the year,

Please keep CANI posted on your funding successes and if you need any help please do not hesitate to call the CANI Office.  Good luck!

Canoe Foundation

The principal functions of the Canoe Foundation are to raise money; inform and educate; and allocate funds, in line with the Charity’s mission statement: ‘positively changing lives through canoeing’.

Enkalon Foundation – Club Outreach, up to £6k

Mary Peters Trust

The Trust  can assess sporting need and provide help to individuals from all recognized sports. It works alongside Sport NI and, with the assistance of the governing bodies of sport, makes financial awards towards approved out-of-pocket expenses.


Young athletes who live in Belfast, are a member of a Belfast Sports Club or who attend a Belfast School can apply for financial support, sports science support and membership.  For details please see GLL Sports Foundation

Waterways Ireland

Waterways Ireland is happy to promote waterways events through its What’s On Guide and through the online events calendar.

Sport 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.

Erasmus Plus Programme

 There is a Sport programme which has three key objectives.

1. Tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination

2. To promote and support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes;

3. To promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.

This is a complex programme to apply to but there are large amounts of funding available.

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery fund has a number of funding programmes available and could be tailored towards canoeing, the programmes are; Sharing Heritage, First World War: then and now, Our Heritage, Young Roots, Heritage Grants, Heritage Enterprise. The young roots programme will fit well with canoe clubs and organisations and focuses on young people leading the development of a heritabe based programme.

Princes Trust

Development Awards:

Examples what can be funded include: tools or equipment for a job or qualification e.g. coach or leader awards, course fees and license fees. Princes Trust run various programmes that aim to inspire young people not in education and employment to acquire new skills and direction.

Belfast City Council

Support 4 Sport is a funding programme for sports clubs or community organisations who can apply for a small development grant of up to £1,000 per year through the Support for Sport scheme. If you are a new club, or want to set up a new section in an existing club, you can also apply for a one-off equipment grant of up to £250. For details see Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council EBA – Club Outreach- Females, disability, areas of high social need, up to £2.5k

Belfast City Council Hallowe’en Fund – Taster sessions for teenagers integrating them into the club programme, up to £500

Antrim & Newtownabbey EBA– Club Outreach- Females, disability, areas of high social need , up to £1k

Causeway Coast & Glens EBA– Club Outreach- Females, disability, areas of high social need, up to £1k

Lisburn & Castlereagh Council Be Active Stay Active – Club Outreach, up to £1k to £2k

Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network- Mental Health & Wellbeing, up to £1k and for details contact Denise Doherty, Suicide Prevention Development Officer, or 07540 969623/ 028 79 634865

Fermanagh & Omagh Council Grant Aid– Festivals, Events- Large & Small and seeding grants, various amounts

Cash 4 Clubs

Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.   Cash4Clubs – Coaching & equipment, £500 or £1k and for details see


Department of the Communities – Co-operation Ireland- Small capital grants for equipment, up to £5k

Ireland Funds

The Worldwide Ireland Funds accept applications for projects in the following areas: Investing in Ireland’s Communities, Supporting a Shared Future for Northern Ireland, Providing Access to Education, Promoting Culture and Heritage, Assisting Disadvantaged Youth, Assisting the Elderly “Forgotten Irish” and Promoting Philanthropy in Ireland.

The Ireland’s Fund – Positive community impact, up to €10k


Run Sport Themed and Community Themed Projects – administer grants on behalf of Sport Relief. The main focus of the majority of grants are based on positive community impact.

Community Foundation NI


CDHN – Health & Wellbeing Projects, up to £2.5k.


DAERA Micro Capital, Assets- ICT, Health & Wellbeing, up to £1.5k and for details contact Marguerite Quinn at or Loraine Griffin –


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – Individual, healthier lives & rural communities, various amounts

Esmee Fairburn Foundation

Awards are made to voluntary organisations for projects that contribute to community development across four different programme areas (Art and Heritage, Education, Environment and Social Change). Awards are made to community organisations for projects involving disadvantaged children or the provision of rehabilitation or training services for the disabled.

John Moores Foundation


Projects run by local non-statutory organisations which aim to improve people’s physical and/or mental health. Priority will be given to projects in disadvantaged areas where health problems arise from social and environmental factors and which work with vulnerable groups. Issues might include stress, HIV/AIDS, self-harm, substance misuse etc.

Children in need

Children in Need grants for Children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through: Illness, distress, abuse or neglect, Any kind of disability, Behavioral or psychological difficulties, Living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Children In Need fund organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Department of the Communities/Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI)- Grant of up to £1.2k for Volunteer Recognition Events/Thank-you Events, Training, etc. For details please click here

National Lottery Community Fund- Empowering Young People- £10k to £500k is available for projects for 1 to 5 years to give more people the skills that they need for the future, help young people have better relationships with their support networks and communities and help young people improve their health and wellbeing. For further details see the National Lottery Community Fund 

Power NI Brighter Communities Grant- Up to £1k for groups is available for equipment, kit or for a special project which will make a big impact within an 8 week timescale. For further details see Power NI 


University of Ulster Student Fund- Support is available for sport and student paddlers may be able to apply for financial support. For further details please see

Boost Charitable Trust – Small grants of up to £500 are available to charities and non-profit making organisations with a focus on helping disabled and disadvantaged individuals in the UK to participate in sport. About 40% has been awarded to disability programmes. For further details Boost Charity 


Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland – Community Grants Programme – Up to £4k funding is available to registered charities in Northern Ireland for projects that target social and community needs or education and training. For further details see Halifax Foundation NI 

The Wesleyan Foundation – Large Grants Programme – Grants of up to £10k are available to groups across Northern Ireland for charities or projects that enhance learning, promote health and wellbeing, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable and supportive communities. Paddle Clubs can apply if it is a project involving people with disabilities. For further details see





Launched by Local Councils, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, McDonald’s UK, Coca-Cola and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme provides support to volunteer projects that:

  • Improve the health and well being of communities whilst helping to improve and/or maintain public spaces.
  • Improve the way your local environment is looked after, whether urban, rural or coastal.
  • Contribute to the development of civic pride within a community with a focus on environmental improvement.                                                                                          -Grants are available from £500 to £5,000 and are open to volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout Northern Ireland. The Small Grants Scheme launches each year in April and closes in June.  For further details see Live Here Love Here






Charities can apply for Comic Relief funding and for further details please see Comic Relief 


If you are a non-profit organisation that could deliver an impactful youth project with the right funding the Coca-Cola Thank You find could be for you. For details see the Coca-Cola Thank You fund.


Grants of up to £50k are available to fund projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging bio-diversity and environmental improvements. The Whitemountain Programme, administered by Groundwork NI, distributes Landfill Tax Credits generated from the Mullaghglass Landfill site just outside Lisburn. The Whitemountain Main Grants programme is for £10k to £50k and the Whitemountain Small Grants programme is for £3k to £10k. For further details see the Whitemountain Grant 

The radius covered by the Whitemountain grants programme is shown below


The Acorn Giving Circle Grants- £500

The Acorn Giving Circle £500 grant is a great opportunity if you work with children & young people or bring generations together in fun & interesting ways in Derry~Londonderry. For further details click here


Screwfix Foundation Funding- Up to £5k

The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013 which has a clear purpose of raising funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK. Screwfix helps all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

The Screwfix Foundation currently offers local registered charities and not for profit organisations funding of up to £5,000. All applications are reviewed individually by the Screwfix team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November.   To apply please see the Screwfix Foundation website 


Hope for Youth NI- Up to £5k

Grants are available for cross-community projects that give disadvantaged young people (aged 11-18) in Northern Ireland the opportunity to work together on practical projects that foster teamwork, creativity and personal development, especially within the arts or in the great outdoors.

For details see here 


Rank Foundation – Pebbles – Up to £1k

Funding is available for charities for projects that benefit UK residents in UK communities. For details see here


Tudor Trust – Up to £10k

Grants are available to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK, encouraging independence, inclusion and integration. Sports organisations need to have a strong social focus. 

There is no deadline for applications.

For further details click here 


Percy Bilton Charity- £3k to £5k

The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making Trust (registered Charity number 1094720) and company limited by guarantee founded in 1962.

Assistance is given to organisations and individuals assisting disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems and older people may apply for grants towards furnishings and equipment (excluding office items), building or refurbishment projects.

The application deadline is rolling and to find out more please click here


Tesco Bags of Help- Up to £1k

Grants of up to £1k are available to apply for to support projects focused on children and young people.

For further details click here


KFC Foundation- £200 to £2k





KFC want to make grants to support grass roots organisations in the heart of their restaurant’s communities. It is open to organisations empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work and social skills.

Grants of between £200 to £2,000 are available to benefit young people aged 11 to 25 years old.

For further details click here