Grants for Capital Projects

he following grants will be of interest to clubs and other not for profit organisations looking for capital funding (from a few hundred pounds through to many thousands) to develop a sports facility.

The funds detailed on this page are:

Sport England's Community Assets Fund – grants awarded are generally up to £50K although they can be up to £150K by exception.

Landfill Communities Funding – potentially grants of up to £100K are available depending on the fund.

The National Lottery's Awards for All – grants range from £300 up to £10K.

Jewson's Building Better Communities Programme – potentially grants of up to £50K are available, however this fund also makes smaller awards from £500.

Garfield Weston Foundations' 60th Anniversary Fund - grants of up to £150K are available.

Some sport specific funding may also be available – click here to find out whether your sport has any capital grants available.

Sport England's Community Assets Fund

The Community Asset Fund is an open, rolling programme for capital projects up to £150K:

£1K to £15K for small scale project which will address emergency work

£15K to £50K for projects which address more substantial changes

£50K to £150K, by exception for larger investments. Applicants will need to demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under represented groups.

Statutory organisations and schools will need to provide at least £1:£1 match funding.

What types of projects is Sport England interested in for their Community Asset Fund?

Sport England don't want to stifle your thinking and creativity, but here are some of the things you could think about:

  • Work to repair, expand or improve a community sports facility. Perhaps your roof has been damaged in a storm, or you could increase the amount of time people can use your pitch or courts if you had floodlights installed.
  • Taking ownership of an underused playing field that could be transformed into a place for people to get active. Maybe there's a really well positioned but poorly maintained pitch in your area, that you could take ownership of, improve drainage and access, and bring back into use for the wider local community.
  • Transforming an empty or underused building into a space where people can play sport. Is there a vacant community centre or school building that, with a new boiler, paint job and necessary alterations, could be brought back into life as a focus for community activity, including sport?

The application process now includes an initial expression of interest form. This form asks:

•Who you are, including contact details

•What your project is, where it is located and why it is needed

•Who will benefit and details of the activities involved

•How you make it happen and how much funding you are requiring.

Click here for more information.

If you need help with completing the main narrative sections to the form, then you can download our guidance.

Landfill Communities Funding

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) enables landfill operators to donate part of their annual tax liability which can be spent on eligible community and environmental projects. Not for profit organisations can apply for this funding for projects which have not already started and which are open to the general public.

There are a number of 'objects' which can be supported by this funding. The most relevant one for sport and physical activity projects is 'object D'.

Eligible projects for object D are: 'Where it is for the protection of the environment, the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site'.

The environment is interpreted as including the social and built environment as well as the natural environment. Projects which do not relate to a public park must relate to another amenity. Common examples of amenities which could be supported by landfill communities funding include activity centres, bridleways and cycle paths, community centres, village halls, sporting facilities, museums and libraries. A park or amenity is open to the public if it is for the public as a whole and there are no unreasonable limitations as to the people who can use it for example parks and amenities only accessible to specific user groups defined by age, sex, disability, race. However it is acknowledged that some parks and amenities by their nature may have certain restrictions places on their use e.g. the equipment in a play area may be restricted to a certain age range for health and safety reasons but the amenity as a whole can be used by the general public as they can access the play area. The park or amenity must not be operated with a view to profit and open to all to join if the facility is operated on a membership basis.

Click here to find out more about the grants available through the different landfill operators and their eligibility requirements.

The National Lottery Awards for All

Funding available: £300 to £10,000
Deadlines: Rolling programme

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 for capital and revenue projects.

A wide range of voluntary and community organisations can apply to the National Lottery Awards for All programme including constituted clubs / groups, schools and other statutory organisation.

This fund has three funding priorities:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

It's important that you include details in your application on how your project meets at least one of these outcomes and how you have involved your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you're planning.

For more information click here

Jewson’s Building Better Communities programme

Jewson's Building Better Communities programme will reopen this year to support more community building causes across the UK. The Fund awards a Top Regional prize of £50,000(split equally between labour and building materials costs) and multiple prizes ranging from £500 to £10,000 from a total pot of £250,000.

Local Trade Heroes (which seeks to celebrate construction workers who play a big role in their community) can also win £50,000 worth of building materials to enable them to complete worthy projects such as new sports club changing rooms, much-needed play area for children or a facelift for a community building that's seen better days. To participate, entrants must submit all the required details of their nominated community building project via the website below or via Jewson's Facebook page ( prior to the closing date which will be announced when the programme re-opens. Interested groups can register now to receive details of the scheme when it opens.

Previous winners include: North Walsham Gymnastics Club – Dream, Believe, Achieve to move from the hall shared with the high school to a purpose built facility to meet local demand.

More information:

Garfield Weston Foundation 60th Anniversary Fund

Registered charities, places of worship and state schools can apply for the Garfield Weston Foundation's new one-off capital fund to benefit communities.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools.

The Fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs. Groups in need of revenue funding should apply to the Foundation's main grants programme. Funding is available for:

  • New community facilities.
  • Improvement of community facilities.
  • Items that require a sizeable investment eg purchase of minibus.
  • Improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use.
  • New buildings or extensions to an existing building for community use eg new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility.
  • Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
  • New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing field.
  • Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to supporting local people eg minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out.
  • Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.

Total project costs must be above £30,000.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.

More information:

Notts CC Local Improvement Scheme

Local voluntary and community organisations in Nottinghamshire can apply for grants up to £50,000 for capital projects. Note that revenue funding is no longer eligible.

Applications need to fit with Nottingamshire's 2017-21 plan which has 12 commitments to the people of Nottinghamshire including

"People are healthier" and

"People live in vibrant and supportive communities"

Deadline 28th Feb 2019

The fund is intended as match funding only up to 50% total cost.

Eligible applicants: Charities, vol groups, CIC, social enterprise, sports clubs (ideally with or working towards Clubmark", Parish or Town Council, District Council acting on behalf of a vol group.

Area: Projects must primarily support Nottinghamshire County residents and be delivered within Nottinghamshire County geographical boundaries. There may be an exception to this where the application demonstrates that at least 75% of beneficiaries are Nottinghamshire residents.

In line with the County Council's strategic priorities – to put local people at the heart of everything it does and enable vibrant and supportive communities to grow – the new Local Improvement Scheme 2018-2021 will contribute to supporting communities to be strong and resilient by:

  • Focusing on helping people to help themselves through encouraging volunteering and involvement in local organisations and charities.
  • Working in partnership to protect communities from crime and anti-social behaviour so people can be more confident about their safety
  • Promoting healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Protecting and developing the local environment and heritage.

More information: