Sport England Welcomes Applications to Community Asset Fund

Sport England is making £15 million available annually for local community organisations, clubs, statutory bodies and educational establishments to support projects which create or improve opportunities to play sport and get active in local communities.

The funding programme aims to help Sport England achieve the following:

  • Improve and protect existing sports facilities that support the needs of local communities.
  • Invest in new and different places that meet the needs of local communities, which include Sport England’s target audiences.
  • Ensure Sport England’s capital investment reaches organisations that have not accessed Sport England’s funding before.
  • Create a more resilient, sustainable, less grant dependent sport sector.

The following funding is available:

  • Small Scale Investments (£1,000 and £15,000) – to cover the cost of 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.
  • Medium Scale Investments (£15,000 and 50,000) – to make more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community.
  • Large Scale Investments (£50,000 and £150,000) – for projects which can demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under-represented groups.

The funding does not have to be used for a traditional space or traditional sport, but can be used for canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces which have the potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle.

Examples of eligible activity include:

  • Taking over an underused sports facility or one under threat of closure. Applicants might need support to bring a building back into use or need to make improvements to a recreational space.
  • Expanding or improving the sporting experience applicants already offer to their customers. Applicants could be looking to improve a changing room or install new toilets, heating systems or social spaces.
  • Responding to an emergency or unexpected event that is stopping people from being active. Applicants might need to fix a roof that’s been damaged or repair an area after flood damage.
  • Making improvements to a building or open space that’s clearly needed in the local community.

Applications can be made at any time.

Further information is available from the Sport England website.