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.

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’.

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.

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.


The DARD funding is mainly agriculture and fisheries based but there is a programme for social inclusion, poverty reduction and rural economic development. This programme can be relevant to canoeing if you have a programme that benefits the themes.

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.

Live UnLtd

Live UnLtd offer grants for young people (Age 11-21) to make a difference in their community. Grants for social entrepreneurs to make a difference in their community. Grants specifically for older people (50+) to run projects.

Princess 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.

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. The Cash 4 Clubs scheme is funded by Betfair and is supported by SportsAid, the charity for sports people. Betfair and SportsAid have worked in partnership for a number of years and both organisations understand the importance of community sport in promoting an active lifestyle and stimulating local pride. It’s a great time to be involved with sport and Cash 4 Clubs can hopefully play an important role in helping clubs to sustain and develop themselves.

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.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The department will fund sport related projects that: Promotion of anti-sectarianism through education; dialogue and culture, Promotion of tolerance and acceptance of cultural diversity, Extending knowledge and understanding of others’ cultures, beliefs, traditions, Reduction of religious, social and cultural barriers, Challenging of stereotypes of one’s own and other communities/identities, Raising awareness of how language and actions contribute towards sectarianism and intolerance and Bringing people from different backgrounds together to work towards a common goal.

Community Foundation NI

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.

Loyds TSB

Support charities on programmes that focus on social and community needs and programmes that focus on education and training.

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.