Sports Recovery and Pitch Maintenance Funds  

Key Dates


1st April, 2021 to 31st March, 2022

Opening Date:   Monday, 11th October 2021 at 10:00 a.m. 

Closing Date:  Friday, 22nd October 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Funding Allocations published online:  Friday, 26th November 2021

Letter of Outcome: Friday, 26th November 2021 onwards



Background Information

Clubs are eligible to apply to both programmes

Pitch Maintenance Fund

Following the recent completion of the Playing Pitch Strategy, Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Sports Committee has invested in a new Maintenance Fund that will provide financial assistance towards clubs who own and maintain their facilities and in particular playing pitches.

The aim of the fund is to provide financial assistance to ensure that clubs have the opportunity to maintain their playing surface to the highest level, therefore enabling greater usage on a more regular basis. Any financial assistance must be associated with maintenance of the playing surface or fixed asset that is integral towards the delivery of the sport.

Applicant clubs can apply for up to £2,000 through the Pitch Maintenance Fund

The total budget for the Pitch Maintenance fund will be £70,000

Application Form

Sports Recovery Fund

In response to the recent Covid-19 lockdown measures, Derry City and Strabane District Council in partnership with Department for Communities (DFC) are making grants of £500 to £4,000 available to help local sports clubs respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

The funding which is being made available through a small grants fund, can cover costs such as additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and safety equipment for clubs in areas of high deprivation, the Fund will now also support ongoing running costs, for example, utilities and insurance.

The total budget for the Sports Club COVID Recovery Support Programme will be £100,000.

Pre Assessment form

Application Form

Guidance Notes 

When applying for funding:
  • You may contact relevant Council Officers before completion of your Application who may advise you on the process or provide clarification in respect of your application but not on the content of your application.
  • Supporting documentation is required for successful applications only.  Any additional information provided will not be considered in the Assessment Process.
  • Please keep a copy of your completed Application Form for your own reference.
Deadline for submission of applications

When submitting your application in hard copy you should send it to: 

Sports Recovery & Pitch Maintenance Fund

The Health & Community Department

Sports Development Section

Derry City and Strabane District Council

98 Strand Road

Derry BT48 7NN


Sports Recovery & Pitch Maintenance Fund

The Health & Community Department

Sports Development Section

Derry City and Strabane District Council

47 Derry Road

Strabane BT82 8DY



Remember: An official receipt must be obtained from a Council Official from the Sports Development Department if the application is delivered by hand.

If posting, it is recommended that you do give due regard to delivery times specifically during holiday time including Bank Holidays to ensure that your application is delivered by the closing date.

If submitting your application via email, please forward the application to only. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the that email has been received by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Applicants are reminded that the deadline for submission of applications is 3.00pm on Friday 22nd October 2021.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application early as this deadline is absolute.

Under no circumstances will an application be deemed eligible after the 3:00pm deadline.