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Our funds

Coronavirus hit the sport and physical activity sector hard and we know things have been tough, so we modified our funding streams to align with the goals of our Uniting the Movement strategy and to help people safely return to play in the places impacted the most.

Funding explained

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Each year we invest more than £250 million of National Lottery and public money to help people play sport and take part in physical activity.

We know that applying to one of our funds for the first time can seem a little daunting, but here we’ll guide you to the appropriate fund and explain exactly what you need to do.

Find the right fund

We’ve always tried to address inequalities through our funding and particularly encourage applications for projects that support people who have poorer health outcomes and lower activity levels.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) had an impact on everyone but our insight showed it was more significant in some communities/groups and the rate of recovery back to pre-pandemic levels is slower for some people.

To help support those most severely affected by the pandemic, we have our Active Together fund.

While our Small Grants fund has become the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund, which marks this historic year with a £5m fund dedicated to using sport and physical activity to bring bring people together and tackle inequalities..

We've also launched our Places and Spaces Fund that's part of our Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games package to help community sport and physical activity groups improve places and spaces across the country.

Tell us about you

You can use our fund chooser tool to find out which of our funding streams your project may be eligible for. Simply answer the questions below and we'll point you in the right direction.

Please note, this only applies to our open funds – scroll down the page for other funding options.
How would you best describe your organisation?
Is the investment you require a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Do you need investment for creating or improving community sport facilities?
What do you need investment for??
Do you predominantly deliver football?
Do you require investment to cover running costs (i.e. rent, bills, wages)??
Is it likely you'll be needing more than £10,000 in investment?
How much investment are you seeking from Sport England?

Sport England is currently prioritising open funding to local sports clubs, charities, community and voluntary sector organisations as well as parish and town councils.

Please visit our dedicated page providing information on other ways to generate funding.

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Sport England is currently prioritising open investment to directly respond to the challenges facing the sport and physical activity sector, with additional capital investment now available to help bring communities together and celebrate the Commonwealth Games in 2022 (initially prioritising the West Midlands).

In the meantime, please visit our dedicated page, which provides other ways to generate funding.
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Please call our helpline on 03458 508 508 to discuss your needs.

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Take a look at our Return to Play: Active Together fund, which is our only fund that can support football only projects.

We also directly fund the Football Foundation, which funds a range of football projects.

If you have a football-only project, we suggest contacting your county FA for more information.

If your project doesn't fit into our open investment programmes, but you think it's a game changer, our short Great Ideas Form is for you.

Please visit our dedicated page which provides information on other ways to generate funding.

We don't currently have any open investment programmes that can provide more than £10,000, but our Return to Play: Active Together fund could help you achieve part of what you need, as well as help you to unlock further money from a crowd or other funders.

Please do also take a look at our dedicated page providing information on other ways to generate funding.

See our Active Together fund for ongoing running costs and impacted recorvery costs from the pandemic and cost of living situation. Alternatively, our Platinum Jubilee: Small Grants fund may support some organisations with a contribution towards running costs.

Our open funds

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

This fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.

Our priority is to support projects working with people in disadvantaged communities.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Active Together

Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £7.5m.

With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other coronavirus related needs.

Active Together

Places and Spaces Fund

A £7 million pot with up to £10,000 available in match funding for Crowdfunder projects, as part of a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games package to help community sport and physical activity groups improve places and spaces across England.

Places and Spaces Fund

Other funding options

Together Fund

The Together Fund is another £20m fund that follows the Tackling Inequalities Fund, which helped reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

We’re continuing to work with Active Partnerships and selected national partners to connect funding to local community organisations, who are best placed to support our priority audiences through their extensive reach and networks.

Together Fund

Strategic Facilities Fund

Our Strategic Facilities Fund is designed to support the sector to invest strategically so it delivers the outcomes essential to local communities.

This programme is not open via an application process. We work with local authorities and our expert partners to ensure the right major capital projects are in the right places to support our strategic outcomes.

This fund will be coming to an end by 31 March 2023.

Strategic Facilities Fund

Got a Great Idea?

If you could do with a little help but none of our other open funds seem applicable, then you can always just tell us your great idea.

Forget about the application process for now, simply tell us your idea - including ones to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus crisis - and we'll let you know if it's something we can help you with.

Even if we can't fund you there are other ways we can help, so let's start talking.

Got a Great Idea?

Other ways to generate funding

There are a number of other sources of funding that organisations can apply to and should consider in addition to the programmes we have available.

Find out more about the traditional sources of funding and social sector opportunities out there.

Other ways to generate funding

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Evaluation framework

We evaluate our investment programmes to gather learning that improves outcomes for existing and future projects. Evaluation reports show and explain impact and return on investment, increase our insight and support advocacy for further sport investment.

We've designed an Evaluation Framework to help our colleagues and partners to evaluate funding streams and projects effectively, and to get maximum value from measurement and evaluation.

Evaluation framework website

Funding FAQs

Check out our FAQs if you have any questions about our funding pages. 

Funding FAQs

Claim and reconciliation forms

If you've been awarded a revenue grant you'll need to claim your funding and reconcile your expenditure.

Claim and reconciliation

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