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Our Sports Grants are now closed:

  • Athlete Grants

  • Community Fund

  • Gus Robinson Scholarship

To apply for one of our Grants please visit our grants page.

For over 40 years the Hartlepool sports council has been identifying talented athletes and supporting them with small grants and hosting an annual awards ceremony. 

This committee is made up of representatives from local clubs, local Councillors and reps from the local authority. The PFC Trust / Hartlepool Sport convene, facilitate and provide the funding but it is the elected committee that decide on all grants and award winners. 

Clubs are able to access Athlete Bursaries and Community Fund Micro Grants and to make nominations to the Annual Awards.

2024 Committee

  • Dave Kilner (Hpool Indoor Bowls) – Chair

  • Dr Natalie Connor

  • Carl Jorgeson (Hpool Wadokai/Hpool Sport) 

  • Dave Mathwin (Phoenix Kickboxing)

  • Guy Taylor (TASS)

  • Calvin George (Huskies Basketball)

  • Adam Brooks (Manilla Cyling)

  • Howie Murray (Hpool Rugby Club)

  • Bob Clouston (Hpool Motor Club)

  • Dan Garthwaite (HBC)

  • Councillor Matt Dodds

  • Councillor Michael Jorgeson

  • Councillor Phil Holbrook

  • Councillor Sue Little

Annual Awards

Each year the Sports Council host an Annual Awards, to help celebrate the success of the town sports clubs and athletes. 

The 2023 awards took place at Hartlepool College of Further Education on Wednesday 29th November.

Take a look at the 2023 Awards highlight video here

Take a look at recent winners here.

Sports training

Athlete Grants

The fund aims to give assistance to talented sports people within Hartlepool. It is intended for people who are gifted in their chosen sport to enable them to compete at the highest level and to help achieve their maximum potential.

Applicants competing at a regional, national and international level will be eligible to apply for funding support for the following:

  1. Travel expenses

  2. Coaching fees

  3. Specialist equipment

  4. Sports kit

  5. Competition fee

Applicants will be eligible for grants up to a maximum of £150 County athletes, £300 National athletes and £500 International athletes.


  1. Applicants need to currently be competing at least county level or above

  2. A letter of support from a relevant coach needs to be included

  3. Persons who have been awarded sports grants are ineligible to apply for a period of 12 months.

  4. Applicants will be required to complete a competition record from the last twelve months.

  5. Recipients of awards and grants must reside in, have their family home or play their sport within the Hartlepool Borough Council boundaries.

  6. If 4 or more applications are received from the same club/organisation they will be considered as a multi-application and a donation will be made to the club/organisation and not the individual.

  7. The panel has the final decision in all matters relating to the awarding of grants.

Sports Team

Community Fund

How much can you apply for?

Individual Grants of £75 to £500 are available.

Clubs and School members can apply for more than one individual. 


Use of this funding

The types of activity that might be funded could include:

  • Hardship funding support

  • Funding for community groups to find new ways of keeping our target audience active in this period

  • Offering advice and training support

  • Increasing resilience, capacity, and capability of delivery bodies



Projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Impact on at least one of the four priority groups:

    • Lower Socio-economic Groups

    • BAME Communities

    • People with Disabilities

    • People with Long Term Conditions

Young Gymnast

Gus Robinson Hartlepool Sport Bursary

Our board can award 1 Gus Robinson Hartlepool Sport Athlete Bursary every quarter. 

This fund is awarded to an athlete from the town competing at a high level with incredible potential to succeed in their sport. 

How much can you apply for?

Individual Grants of up to £1000 are available

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