Local Funding Opportunities
Whilst other sources of funding are sporadic and often geographically diverse there are a couple of routes which you may wish to try sourcing funding locally:
Approach your school, school governors, or school parent teachers association. Many if not most schools have some form of 'gifted and talented' scheme or scholarship and are able to offer some form of scholarship/ bursary to support sporting endeavours of their pupils.
Approach your local education authority or your local council Sport Development Department - as above, many have schemes or can informally help out and support talented performers.
Don't just ask for cash, often they can offer free bus passes, gym membership, etc. which can save on costs. They are also the most likely source of information and local contacts for marrying up athletes in their area and grant opportunities.