Sport England Small Grants Programme

Grants available for: Not-for-profit organisations and statutory organisations delivering sport/physical activity projects
Size of grants available: £300 – £15,000.
Deadline: As of March 2024 this fund operates on a rolling basis, and they advise you apply at least 12 weeks before your group needs the money.

Aims of Fund

To use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities. Specific priorities of the fund are to help:

  • Inactive people to become more active
  • Groups work collaboratively to maximise value and impact for communities
  • Address inequalities by supporting projects in areas of high deprivation

Who can apply

Any constituted not-for-profit organisation, including:

  • Not-for-profit voluntary or community clubs or associations
  • Registered charities
  • Not for profit companies, community interest companies, or other social enterprises
  • Schools
  • Statutory bodies

How much and what can you apply for

You can apply for £300 to £15,000 for projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active.

Their priority is to fund activities which reach people who have not had the opportunities to be active that others have. They particularly want to fund projects for people living in areas of disadvantage, defined by Indices of Multiple Deprivation areas 1-3. You can see if your project is in one of these areas using this postcode checker.

Funding must be used for new projects or to improve/grow existing projects – they will not fund costs already being incurred. Examples of what funds can be used for include:

  • Alterations to current services e.g. to reach new people
  • Minor alterations to facilities e.g. to make a community space more accessible
  • Coaching
  • Volunteer training
  • Equipment

Communities should be involved in the design and delivery of the project, and collaboration across groups and organisations is strongly encouraged.

Read the online guidance for further details.

How to apply

If you haven’t applied to Sport England before you will need to register first. Once you are registered, you can complete the online application form that you can save as you go along. You can read the online guidance first to increase your chances of writing a successful application.

Deadlines for application

No deadlines, this fund now operates on a rolling basis.

Contact details

Sport England
21 Bloomsbury Street
03458 508 508

Page updated: 02/04/24 MA

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