Funding available for community football

Mayor's Cup Group shot 1

Mayor John Biggs with last year's recipients and sponsors

  • 16 grants of £500 Mayor’s Cup grants on offer.
  • Applications for grants close 18 January.

Tower Hamlets residents and community groups have until 18 January to apply for 16 grants of up to £500 to support projects that improve involvement in sport as part of the next round of grants for the Mayor’s Cup. 

The grants pot is raised from the previous year’s popular annual football tournament hosted by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Applications for the Mayor’s Cup grants opened this week. The council is committed to promoting sports and the Mayor’s Cup encourages more people to take up football.

Shortlisting will take place between 21 and 25 January 2019. The final selection will end with successful applicants being informed during the week ending 1 February 2019.

Applicants should apply for a grant on the council’s website.

The annual tournament generates income from external sponsors who generously support local football and who make the final decisions on which worthy applicants receive funding.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: “The annual Mayor’s Cup offers a great opportunity for anyone to take part in sport. It  connects our communities and gives participants opportunities to lead active and healthier lives. I encourage all eligible organisations to apply for a grant and help promote grassroots football in our borough.”

The last Mayor’s Cup held in September 2018 showcased local talent with teams taking part in nine age categories (under 8s, 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s,16s, adult men and included junior girls for the first time) competing for the coveted trophies.

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit said: “Last year’s tournament was a wonderful success which featured 71 teams over nine age categories with over 1,000 players. Applying for a grant offers community football organisations a great opportunity to promote and encourage sport across all ages.”



Posted on Friday 11th January 2019