Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:12
Sport England's Community Asset Fund, is still open!
The Community Asset Fund is an open, rolling programme for capital projects up to £150K:
•£1K to £15K for small scale project which will address emergency work
•£15K to £50K for projects which address more substantial changes
•£50K to £150K, by exception for larger investments. Applicants will need to demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under represented groups.
Statutory organisations and schools will need to provide at least £1:£1 match funding.
According to Sport England, this investment is intended to help local organisations 'create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come'. Sport England is looking to invest in projects that look beyond helping get people into sport and active to projects that change lives and become a force for good.
What types of projects is Sport England interested in for their Community Asset Fund?
Sport England don't want to stifle your thinking and creativity, but here are some of the things you could think about:
- Work to repair, expand or improve a community sports facility. Perhaps your roof has been damaged in a storm, or you could increase the amount of time people can use your pitch or courts if you had floodlights installed.
- Taking ownership of an underused playing field that could be transformed into a place for people to get active. Maybe there's a well-positioned but poorly maintained pitch in your area that you could take ownership of, improve drainage and access, and bring back into use for the wider local community.
- Transforming an empty or underused building into a space where people can play sport. Is there a vacant community centre or school building that, with a new boiler, paint job and necessary alterations, could be brought back into life as a focus for community activity, including sport?