Funding Alerts

Playing Fields Legacy

by | Oct 11, 2017 |

Of interest to organisations dealing with Young People, Sport, Playing Fields & Facilities, Pitch Improvements, Changing Rooms, Feasibility Studies

The aim of the Playing Fields Legacy Fund is to get more people, especially the young and disadvantaged, playing outdoor sport through more effective use of playing fields.


County Playing Field Associations, Voluntary Sector Sports Clubs, City, Town & Parish Councils, Registered Charities, Not for Profit Organisations, Local Authorities and Industrial & Provident Societies.

What For?

They want to use the power of sport to transform the lives of local communities.

They will prioritise their support on revitalising playing fields in the most deprived areas of the country, particularly the inner cities.  They will also consider providing funding to voluntary sector groups or sports clubs that run or manage community playing fields anywhere in the country.

They can provide:

  • Grants for voluntary groups and sports clubs for the improvement of their playing fields, changing rooms and community rooms.
  • Advice on funding and how to make professional applications for grants from both the public and private sectors.
  • Guidance on forming partnerships with major sporting bodies.
  • Advice on general playing field management and maintenance.

New Projects

In addition, they can provide seed money to kick start new projects for grass pitches, artificial turf pitches (ATPs), and multi-use games areas (MUGAs). A grant from the Playing Fields Legacy Fund can help unlock funding from other sources such as the Football Foundation, Sport England and sports governing bodies.


The Playing Fields Legacy Fund provides grants to voluntary organisations that run or manage playing fields. Applicants will be expected to secure a major percentage of the total eligible project costs from other sources, and they strongly urge applicants to involve local businesses and other funding partners.

Above all, they expect that the project, once completed, will result in more people using playing fields to take part in outdoor sport.

PFLF will consider providing funding for projects including:

  • pitch improvements
  • the construction of new pitches on existing sites and new sites
  • renovation of changing rooms or community rooms
  • feasibility studies for any of the above
  • to unlock funding from trusts and statutory grant-giving bodies, such as Sport England

How Much?

The maximum grant amount is normally £10,000 in any 12 month period.



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