Sports clubs, local authorities, schools and community organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £150,000 to enhance local sports and recreational facilities.
The funding which is being provided through Sport England’s Community Asset Fund can be used to enhance traditional sports facilities as well as outdoor spaces like canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces, etc. that can be used as part of an active lifestyle.
Statutory bodies and education establishments will specifically need to:
- Provide a minimum of pound-for-pound partnership funding;
- Demonstrate the strategic need for their project proportionate to the scale of investment requested;
- Limit requests to a maximum of £150,000 within any 12-month period.
Sport England typically expect their awards to be either:
- Small-scale investments typically ranging from £1,000 to £15,000. These will address emergency works due to something like storm or flood damage, or something totally unexpected that is stopping people from being able to stay active right now; or
- Medium-scale investments typically ranging from between £15,000 to £50,000. These will address more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community.
By exception, Sport England will consider larger investments ranging from £50,000 to £150,000. This will be when organisations can demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under-represented groups. They are also unlikely to have received funding from Sport England previously.
This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time.