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The Sport England Small Grants Programme aims to support local community sport projects that seek to encourage people in England, regardless of age, background or level of ability, to feel able to get involved in sport and physical activity. And, in particular, projects which meet one or more of the following aims of Sport England's ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy:

  • Getting inactive people to become more active.

  • Developing lasting sporting habits.

  • Developing more positive attitudes among young people

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for projects of up to three years in duration. Slightly larger awards may be made in exceptional circumstances.

Applicants don’t have to be a sports organisation to apply as Sport England is more interested in the applicants' knowledge of and track record in the community that will benefit from the project.

In order to be eligible for funding applicants must meet Tier One of the Code for Sports Governance. Organisations applying for projects involving sports that Sport England deems higher risk will be required to have appropriate affiliation to the national governing body.

Sport England is particularly interested in projects that involve:

  • People on lower incomes.

  • Supporting inactive people to become more active.

  • Women.

  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Eligible costs can include:

  • New or additional equipment (football projects have separate criteria, see below).

  • Kit for new teams or teams that haven’t had any before.

  • Fixed term or sessional staff and/or coaching costs.

  • Training or coach development costs.

  • Venue hire.

  • Transport.

  • Volunteer costs or expenses.

While most funding will be for projects delivering recognised sporting activity, Sport England will also consider more informal activities. Applicants should contact Sport England to discuss project eligibility.

Applications can be made at any time.

Guidance notes and the online application form are available on the Sport England website.

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Helpline
    Sport England
    3 Oakwood Drive
    LE11 3QF
    Tel: 03458 508508
    Email: [email protected]

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