Funding Alerts

Sport England

by | May 16, 2018 |

Of interest to organisations dealing with Sport, Get Active, Young People, Inclusion, Equipment

Sport England uses National Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profi rganisation o help more people play sport.


Their Small Grants programme will only fund formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. This might include sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport. They will not fund an individual, a sole trader or partnership, organisations established to make profit or organisations not established in the UK.

What For?

They want everyone in England regardless of age, background or level of ability to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. Some will be young, fit and talented, but most will not. We need a sport sector that welcomes everyone, meets their needs, treats them as individuals and values them as customers.

Their Small Grants programme will focus funding on adults and young people aged 14 or over. Projects working with mixed age groups may be considered if there is a particular focus on people aged 14 plus.

They want to fund eligible organisations that get more people engaged in sport and meet one or more of the aims in our strategy, which are to:

  • Get inactive people to become more active
  • Develop more resilient sporting habits
  • Lead to more positive attitudes among young people
  • Develop more diverse volunteers
  • Improve progression and inclusion in talent development

Applications must be focused on sports that are recognised by Sport England. Find the full list of sports that they recognise*

Provide a new activity that delivers sport and physical activity benefits or one that shows a clear expansion on existing activity.

* Please note that for sports that Sport England deems higher risk, appropriate affiliation to the national governing body will be required. Please call 03458 508 508 if you are unsure whether your sport fits this criterion.

Their Small Grants programme can fund equipment that will help you get people active and playing sport – but your application should focus on the difference the equipment makes. They view equipment as a means to achieving an outcome, so any application for equipment should explain why it is needed to deliver that outcome. They are unlikely to fund any equipment that replaces items you either currently have or have had access to within the last five years. They could potentially fund an upgrade to an existing piece of equipment if it enables additional outcomes to be delivered. For example, if your team progresses to a higher league and it requires you to have a certain pieces of equipment in place.


How Much?

Between £300 and £10,000 and total project costs must not exceed £50,000


No deadline.