To fully realise all of its benefits, sport must be as inclusive and as accessible as possible. Regardless of age, background or level of ability, it is vital that people feel able to get involved in sport and physical activity. Utilising National Lottery funding to make awards from £300 to £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people get active, Sport England’s Small Grant programme aims to support this sort of inclusion by providing funding to sporting projects that meets one or more of the aims of their ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy.

Those aims are:

  • Get inactive people to become more active
  • Develop lasting sporting habits
  • Engender more positive attitudes among young people
  • Develop more diverse volunteers
  • Improve progression and inclusion among the most talented
  • Projects working with mixed age groups may still be considered if there is a focus on people aged 14 and over

Who can apply?

You can apply if your club or organisation is a not-for-profit, voluntary or community sports club or organisation, registered charity, not-for-profit company or community interest company.

Other social enterprises, schools or statutory bodies are also eligible.

What will they fund?

The main focus in deciding what they are able to fund is what difference you can make with the funding – not what things you buy with it. However, there are things that they will not fund, including activity that is already taking place, replacement equipment and building/refurbishment projects.

You can apply for funding by clicking here. Good luck!


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