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Non-sport-specific Funding

Non sport-specific funding is usually open to a wide range of organisations. The grants listed here are some of the main funds for sport and physical activity.

Sport England - Community Asset Fund

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.

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 really 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?

The application process now includes an initial expression of interest form. This form asks:

•Who you are, including contact details

•What your project is, where it is located and why it is needed

•Who will benefit and details of the activities involved

•How you make it happen and how much funding you are requiring.

Click here for more information.

If you need help with completing the main narrative sections to the form, then you can download our guidance.

Sport England - Small Grants Programme

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Funding Available: £300 to £10,000
Deadlines: Rolling Programme

Sport England's Small Grants Programme still focuses is on people aged 14 years and above. However, the fund now aligns to Sport England's new strategy, 'Towards an Active Nation'.

A wide range of organisations can apply including sports clubs, local authorities and community organisations.

Grants available are between £300 and £10,000 for up to 12 months of activity. Total project costs must not to exceed £50,000.

Projects must focus on at least one recognised sport and must be for new or additional activity.

Examples of the type of expenditure which are eligible includes non-personal sports equipment, coaching costs or other sessional workers, training staff or volunteers, transport, venue hire and volunteer expenses etc.

Cash 4 Clubs

Funding available: Up to £1,000
Deadlines: 26th of May 2017 5:00pm

Cash 4 Clubs is a sports funding scheme which gives clubs a unique chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and generally invest in the sustainability of their club.

Clubs can apply for a Cash 4 Clubs Sports Grant by filling out their application form and providing a short video on who they are and why they deserve the grant.

There are four tiers of grants at £250, £500, £750 and £1,000 which are awarded on a discretionary basis. For details click here.

Any sports club can apply as long as they are registered with their sports' National Governing Body or local authority.

Central Social Recreational Trust

Funding Available: Up to £1,000
Deadlines: Check the website for details

The Central Social Recreational Trust is a small charity offering grants of up to £1,000 for clubs affiliated with a NGB working with young people below the age of 21. The grant can support equipment used by club members and the maintenance of property if it is owned by the club or has a long lease. The Trust will only pay suppliers directly. Therefore, it is important to get written quotations. Click here for further information about the sort of projects they can support.

N.B. The Trust is prioritising applications for equipment from the following groups during 2016-18:

Amateur Boxing Clubs,

Amateur Martial Arts Clubs and

Youth Services providing a social and community service.

Easyfundraising

If you are looking to raise funding for your club, school or community project, this is a great way to get your members, supporters, friends and family to help. They can help you raise money by simply shopping online through easyfundraising.

It doesn't cost you a penny extra, when you shop through easyfundraising. The site works like a cashback website, with the cashback being accrued for the cause / project of your choice.

Register your club, group, school or PTFA with easyfundraising. Then encourage your members and supporters to use the easyfundraising website when they shop online. The shops and services give commission for their purchases. This is then turned into a donation to give to your cause. Thousands of shops and services including utilities, holiday and insurance companies are registered, so there is plenty of choice when you go shopping online.