Club Sustainability Fund

Club Sustainability Fund

As part of its commitment to invest significantly in helping its member clubs become more sustainable, Scottish Rugby has established a new Club Sustainability Fund (CSF) consisting of £1,600,000 over four seasons from 2014/15. Clubs may apply for a share of funding from the annual circa £400,000 CSF in one of three strands per season.

The three strands are:

  1. Club Sustainability Fund - FastTrack for small facility improvements
  2. Club Sustainability Fund - Revenue for sustainability projects
  3. Club Sustainability Fund - Capital for larger facility projects

1. Club Sustainability Fund - FastTrack

This replaces the Scottish Rugby Club (Small) Facilities Fund and is for club maintenance or improvement projects. Clubs can apply for up to 50% of project costs to a maximum of £2,000. Initial FastTrack applications close on 6 September 2015. Further application rounds may be available in season 2015/16 at Scottish Rugby’s discretion.

Club Sustainability Fund - FastTrack Guidance Notes & Application Form (PDF). Please download and save the PDF file before filling in.

2. Club Sustainability Fund - Revenue

This funding is to help clubs increase club revenue through sustainability projects to increase and improve membership, efficiency, local business involvement or community usage of club facilities. Clubs with a successful track record* of developing rugby in their local community may apply for this funding.

Clubs can apply for up to 50% of project start-up costs to a maximum of £10,000. Applications close on 1 November 2015. The application form for this strand will be released shortly. Please download and save the PDF file before filling in.

Applications for future seasons will close on the following dates:

  • Season 2016/17 – November 2016
  • Season 2017/18 – November 2017 

3. Club Sustainability Fund - Capital

Club with a successful track record* of working in their community to increase the quantity and quality of rugby participation may apply for funding to develop new facilities or to upgrade, expand or improve their existing facilities to enhance the quality, capacity and longevity of rugby participation. This may include new/improved pitches, floodlights for training/playing or changing accommodation. Clubs can apply for up to £50,000 with larger awards available at Scottish Rugby’s discretion if clubs can demonstrate an exceptional impact on rugby development in their local community. Clubs must be able to evidence a minimum commitment of 20% of the project costs with a maximum of 10% from in-kind support.

Some projects may also meet the aims and eligibility criteria of sportscotland’s Sports Facilities Fund. To make it easier for clubs to apply to both funds, Scottish Rugby and sportscotland have developed a combined application form which must be completed.

Applications close on 1 November 2015. The application form for this strand will be released shortly. Please download and save the PDF file before filling in.

Applicant must read the relevant guidance documents and application form carefully and consider the relevant application criteria before deciding to apply. Clubs must consult your Scottish Rugby Club Services Manager for further information and guidance before submission of an application.

Applications for future seasons will close on the following dates:

  • Season 2016/17 – November 2016
  • Season 2017/18 – November 2017 

*A club with a successful track record of developing rugby in the community is defined as one with multiple adult teams, a healthy youth section and which works with local school/s to provide rugby opportunities that link back to the club.