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I know that some of you work with children's rugby league teams, so I thought you might be interested to know about a grant scheme which has just been brought to my attention.  The grant programme is called 'Kits 4 Kids' and a maximum grant of £750 is available, specifically for sports team clothing.

This grant programme is from the Poundland Foundation; here is the link - 

Apply for Support | Poundland Foundation

BUT HURRY!  The closing date is in ten days' time, the 24th.

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13 hours ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

I know that some of you work with children's rugby league teams, so I thought you might be interested to know about a grant scheme which has just been brought to my attention.  The grant programme is called 'Kits 4 Kids' and a maximum grant of £750 is available, specifically for sports team clothing.

This grant programme is from the Poundland Foundation; here is the link - 

Apply for Support | Poundland Foundation

BUT HURRY!  The closing date is in ten days' time, the 24th.

Great post Dragon.

I will ask one question, in that the RFL who is the governing body of the community game and therefore I should think have the contact details of every club and club secretary, should they not be informing them all of this great offer?

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12 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

Great post Dragon.

I will ask one question, in that the RFL who is the governing body of the community game and therefore I should think have the contact details of every club and club secretary, should they not be informing them all of this great offer?

I don't think the RFL would necessarily know about every charity scheme in the country that involves "kits for kids" or other similar schemes. Not sure how you could link it to them at all.

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33 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

Great post Dragon.

I will ask one question, in that the RFL who is the governing body of the community game and therefore I should think have the contact details of every club and club secretary, should they not be informing them all of this great offer?

Thanks, Harry.

Your question is a good one, but I think is essentially answered by Click.

I don't know to what extent the RFL put themselves forward as a source of grant funding knowledge.  Even if they do, as Click suggests, smaller funders and their programmes may not unreasonably slip through the net.

What I would hope is that the RFL try and keep some sources of knowledge to hand so that, if an amateur club seeks advice and guidance, some can be given.  Or, alternatively, maybe the RFL keeps contact details for councils of voluntary service and community foundations, at least in the heartland areas of our game, who could offer good advice to amateur RL clubs.

Helping projects secure funding featured in my career, and still does on a voluntary basis in my retirement.  My 'bible' used to be the Directory of Grant Making Trusts.  It is easy to use, in that as well as a brief description of each funder, there are also categorized indices.  So, for instance, when I was recently seeking grant aid for my village church to cover the cost of moving the font (not cheap!) and building a servery/kitchenette in the vacated space, I could search under categories such as funders who like church projects and/or like community projects and/or show some preference for Wiltshire projects.

Most funders priorities don't change that frequently, so I picked up a recent edition (2020/21) of the directory second-hand for £41 on either ebay or Amazon (forget which!) and located two trusts I didn't know about, who, between them, have offered us grants totalling £12,400 - not a bad return for forty-one quid!

 

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14 hours ago, Wiltshire Warrior Dragon said:

I know that some of you work with children's rugby league teams, so I thought you might be interested to know about a grant scheme which has just been brought to my attention.  The grant programme is called 'Kits 4 Kids' and a maximum grant of £750 is available, specifically for sports team clothing.

This grant programme is from the Poundland Foundation; here is the link - 

Apply for Support | Poundland Foundation

BUT HURRY!  The closing date is in ten days' time, the 24th.

Sounds good. Even if the deadline has passed,  there may well be other such Foundations that clubs could investigate. I expect that best practice dictates that pro clubs have a charity support function that can emulate the "kit for kids" scheme and can also share knowledge of how and where and when other such opportunities exist locally.

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1 hour ago, Click said:

I don't think the RFL would necessarily know about every charity scheme in the country that involves "kits for kids" or other similar schemes. Not sure how you could link it to them at all.

It is their job to know these things, if a guy on here can find out about such things (even if he did work in field) then surely full time officials of a financially poor organisation as is the RFL, should have access to all avenues of 'free money', how many £750's could be gained, what Dragon has not told us was when the scheme was originated only when it terminates.

A job that should be in the remit of RL Commercial.

 

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5 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

It is their job to know these things, if a guy on here can find out about such things (even if he did work in field) then surely full time officials of a financially poor organisation as is the RFL, should have access to all avenues of 'free money', how many £750's could be gained, what Dragon has not told us was when the scheme was originated only when it terminates.

A job that should be in the remit of RL Commercial.

 

Is it their job to know these things? Random schemes that a charity comes out with?

Do you know how many charity schemes are currently active in the UK right now? And you think the RFL should know of all of them.. 

You just admitted that the guy on here that found out about it works in the field, so is in more of a position to find out about this sort of scheme.

How many full time professionals do you think they have working at the RFL, which you describe as financially poor, should they have 1 person working FT just contacting charities to find out what sports schemes they are running? I'm not sure how these full time officials are supposed to find out about all of these schemes for free money/kit/equipment. 

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8 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

It is their job to know these things, if a guy on here can find out about such things (even if he did work in field) then surely full time officials of a financially poor organisation as is the RFL, should have access to all avenues of 'free money', how many £750's could be gained, what Dragon has not told us was when the scheme was originated only when it terminates.

A job that should be in the remit of RL Commercial.

 

I think this goes back to the cutting of Development Officers to be honest.. When I was at a club the DOs knew loads of places locally and nationally to get funding becuase that was their roll.. 

RL Commercial seem to be the catch all at the moment for "its their roll" and I dont think thats fair to be honest.. I would say it is more under the communities teams who potentially should know more about these things, but again with all the cut backs there is a chicken an egg scenario here. 

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Looking at the wider issue of all such Foundations, maybe this is someyhing the RFL should be doing, scanning and disseminating the appropriate information. After all, there are only 168, 850 registered charities in England and Wales. Plus organisations such as https://www.thecharityhub.org.uk

Maybe even there are posters on here with actual knowledge of that sector .

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