Sport England has announced that it will be making some improvements to its funding application system which will make it easier for groups to submit an application and for Sport England to make decisions in a quicker and more efficient manner.
During this upgrade, which will take place from 25 August until late September, applications will not be accepted
This currently affects two funding schemes:
- Sport England - Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
- Sport England (with Crowdfunding) – Return to Play: Active Together
Groups that are currently making an application must submit it before 25 August 2022 otherwise they will need to reregister and start their application again once the new system is live in late September.
The temporary deadline to submit applications is 24 August 2022 with the expectation that applications can be submitted again from the end of September 2022.
Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups across England in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee for projects which bring communities together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active.
Using National Lottery Funding, Sport England is delivering this grants programme to mark and help celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee year by helping local communities to become more active.
Objectives of Fund:
Funding is intended to help inactive people become active, or less active people become more active. There is a focus on collaborative working across communities in order to achieve the greatest impact.
There is a total funding pot of £5 million.
Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available.
Who Can Apply:
The following types of organisation may apply:
- Community amateur sports clubs.
- Unregistered voluntary and community organisations with not-for-profit constitutions.
- Registered charities.
- Not-for-profit companies (limited by guarantee without share capital or charitable incorporated organisations) and without persons of significant control.
- Community interest companies with no persons of significant control, or other social enterprises.
- Community benefit societies.
- Schools using their facilities for wider community benefit.
- Local authority bodies (including town, parish and community councils).
The following are not eligible for funding:
- Individuals, sole traders or organisations with fewer than three people or where decision-making is not equitably shared.
- National governing bodies or Active Partnerships.
- Commercial entities.
- Organisations based outside the UK.
- Organisations applying on behalf of another.
- Organisations delivering high-risk sports without the appropriate affiliation.
- Football-only activities.
- General running costs or existing costs.
- Existing activity.
- Construction/refurbishment projects where planning permission has not yet been obtained.
- Replacement of equipment.
- Retrospective costs.
- Costs benefitting an individual.
- Recoverable VAT.
- Statutory responsibilities.
- Support people who may otherwise have less opportunity to be active.
- Engage people living in areas of disadvantage.
- Add value to their local community and work collaboratively with other groups to maximise impact.
- Comply with the government's national and local guidelines at the time of delivery.
- Be able to start within six weeks of award.
Grants can cover:
- Minor facility alterations.
- Volunteer training.
- Service alterations.
- Additional equipment.
How To Apply:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Decisions usually take around three weeks, but may take longer during periods of high interest.
Full guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Sport England website.