The following Sources may help fund fully accessible swimming at your local pool.

Sport England
In order to create a world-class community sports structure we (Sport England) need to invest in sport at every level and that is why we fund hundreds of different projects every year.
Small grants application checklist
Small grants step by step guide

London Marathon Trust
The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants to recreational projects mainly in London.

Tesco Charity Trust
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations (£500 to £4,000) to local projects that support children and their education and welfare, elderly people and adults and children with disabilities.

Government Funding UK
A searchable directory of National and local government funding programs.

The Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund has a number of funding strands available to sports clubs and community groups with projects which meet the funding criteria.

The Swimathon Foundation
The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community.

Hilton in the community foundation
The Hilton in the community foundation focuses on education and health care for young people and gives grant to fund equipment, facilities and training to relieve suffering, improve treatment, care and well being.

The Weir Charitable Trust
Endowed with an initial £5m, the Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland.


Poolpod defines best practice for the design of facilities for people with disabilities at swimming pools. Specifying Poolpod for your project will champion cutting edge, inclusive, human-centered design that is supported by best practice guidance. Poolpod’s design balances both function and aesthetics in manner that complements the built environment.

The design of the Poolpod is directly supported by Sport England guidance;

Submersible platform lifts provide a flexible and more dignified means of entering a swimming pool for a person unable to walk or having limited mobility…  …It enables a wheelchair user to enter and leave a pool with the minimum of assistance. Pg65 April revision 003 Sport England 2010.

Any swimmer who finds using a pool ladder inappropriate can use the Poolpod simply, easily and quickly. The incorporated submersible wheelchair allows a wheelchair user to transfer from their own wheelchair to the submersible wheelchair in the privacy of the changing room. They can then move freely around the pool surround, enter the Poolpod and remain seated until they descend to a comfortable water depth, offering huge benefits to both comfort and usability. This element of the design has removed the need for people to make a poolside transfer from a wheelchair into an assistant operated pool hoist, which are undignified, impractical and impossible to use independently.

The Olympic Delivery Authority was clear about the limitations of existing pool hoist products;

“Swimming pool access hoists are archaic and impractical, stigmatise users and are labour-intensive to operate and oversee.”