Canoe Foundation

Grants for clubs, community groups and regions across the UK with an active interest in wider canoeing participation. The funding is for projects that will improve accessibility to waterways and facilities thereby enabling greater use of them. There is particular interest in enabling enhanced participation in paddle sports for all people.

Grants are typically between £2,500 and £5,000 although exceptional projects are considered and funding application for between £2,000 and £10,000 can be submitted. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is 28 February 2020.

The funding is intended for the following purposes:

  • New or improved launching points in urban or rural locations or as part of a water trail, such as steps or pontoons. Linked promotion of access points including signage or maps to increase participation and use.
  • Incorporating better accessibility or facilities at waterside locations which might improve the parking or changing aspects of a site.
  • Improving the quality of the waterways and oceans through support, for example practical kits, for a clean-up or an improved natural habitat.

The focus for the current funding round is on:

  • Increasing and protecting public access points, steps or platforms.
  • Improving the suitability of launching and landing sites, to and alongside water, for all sectors of the community.

An online application form can be found on the Canoe Foundation’s website ( Any questions about the Canoe Foundation should be made using the ‘Contact Us’ ( form on the Canoe Foundation’s website.

Please note that although the Foundation has no full-time staff at this time and relies mainly on volunteers, it ‘will endeavour to acknowledge applications and respond within a week of receipt.’

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