The Lord Taverners Trust - Disability Sports and Play Grants

Status: Open for applications


Grants for sensory, soft play and outdoor play equipment are available to schools, clubs and other organisations in the UK that work with young people (under 25 years) with a physical and/or learning disability.


Maximum Value:£ 5,000

Value Notes

Grants of up to £5,000 are available

Extended Description

Founded in 1950 at the Old Tavern at Lord's cricket ground by a group of actors who enjoyed watching cricket, the Lord's Taverners has developed into both a club and a charity. 

The aim of the charity is to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people using cricket and other forms of sport and recreation to engage with them by:

Using specially adapted forms of cricket and cricket equipment to engage with young people and enable the delivery of a variety of youth development programmes:

  • Delivery, management and support of inner city, disability and other youth cricket activities and competitions.
  • Supporting the installation of non-turf pitches to increase the opportunities for young people to play and donation of hundreds of cricket equipment bags to communities, clubs and school teams across the UK.
  • Pathways for young people into employment, education, training and other positive activities, including mainstream cricket.

Supporting sporting and recreational activities for youngsters with disabilities and special needs:

  • Donating specially adapted minibuses and sports wheelchairs, giving young people vital transportation and access to sport and recreation.
  • Creating new pathways for participation, development and competition in sport.
  • Providing grants for play, sports and sensory equipment.

The Lord's Taverners is focusing its support on schools, clubs and other organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 years with a physical and/or learning disability. Grants will be awarded for sensory, soft play and outdoor play equipment.

Latest Information

Fourth 2014 deadline: 31st October 2014.

Key Criteria

Applications will be accepted from schools and organisations that cater for young people under the age of 25 who have a physical, sensory or learning disability.

All recipients of funding must provide a copy of their Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for the following:

  • Sensory and soft play rooms - places where children with special needs can explore and develop their senses and communications through physical activities.
  • Outdoor play and sports equipment, including wheelchair roundabouts, wheelchair swings, trim-trails, adapted bikes and accessible climbing frames.


Funding is not available for the following:

  • Individuals.
  • Schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems.
  • Retrospective applications.
  • Capital costs.


Application Procedure

Individual application forms for each of the Foundation's schemes are available to download from the Foundation's website.

All applications must be supplied with a quote. Applications for sensory and soft play rooms must be supplied with a quote from Experia who will provide applicants with a tailor made quote at a discounted rate.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
         Charlotte Tyson
         The Lord's Taverners
10 Buckingham Place
Telephone:020 7821 2817