Sport England's Small Grants Fund has Changed!
Posted: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:26
The fund will still provide grants between £300 and £10,000 for up to 3 years. Sport England still also want to support formal sport, however, they now want to support projects that help everyone to take part in physical activity whether this is formal sport or informal activity aiming to help people lead more active lifestyles.
Another key change is that they will fund projects that work with children from the age of five.
The fund can support your project to run activities that help overcome barriers to becoming active, and not just formal or traditional sports.
N.B. The fund's priorities are now:
- Getting inactive people to become more active
- Developing lasting sporting habits
- Develop more positive attitudes among young people
Their priority is to fund activities which reach people and families who have not had the opportunities to be active that others have. This might be for several reasons, including low income or where they live, but also levels of confidence.
They want to fund activities that are relevant, engaging and help people get regularly active – including those who do very little or no exercise at present.
They are particularly interested in projects that involve:
- People on lower incomes
- Supporting inactive people to become more active
- Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
They will now also support less formal activities – contact Sport England if your activity is not included within their list of recognised sports.
They want to fund new activity or a clear expansion on previous projects. Funding can be for up to £10,000 for a project. They may make slightly larger awards in exceptional circumstances.
They aim to make their decision in eight weeks.
A wide range of not for profit voluntary and community organisations can apply including sports clubs, CICs, schools, statutory organisations…
They can fund:
- New or additional equipment
- 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
- Volunteer costs or expenses
If you are working with children between 5 and 13 years old, they are principally interested in projects that support active play. By active play they mean activity where children are most likely to be in charge.
They are also interested in projects that take a whole family approach.
If you are looking to deliver a football project then they'll prioritise projects working with people from lower socio-economic groups and that seek to address identified barriers to participation in football.