Applying for funding
We want applying for Sport England funding to be as simple as possible so we continually streamline our application process. We provide programme specific guidance and have a central team of funding experts who you can call for advice.
Our guide to funding
In the video above, Kathy from our funding team outlines the key stages in the application process but if you require any help with your application or have questions for our funding team please call or send them an email.
The four main steps in the application process are outlined in the tabs below.
Read all the information about our different funds, find out what the criteria is for each, check which one is most likely to meet your requirements and find out when that fund is next open for applications.
The funding choosing tool below will help you identify the right fund for you.
Please select a question below to find a suitable fund.
Does your club or project need between £300 and £10,000 to help more people play sport? Our Small Grants programme can help with costs caused by running additional sessions or setting up a new club. Small Grants is ideal for covering facility hire, purchasing extra equipment or bringing in an additional coach.
Our Improvement Fund provides grants of £150,000 - £500,000 to help develop sustainable projects where there is a clear local need.
The fund supports projects that deliver improvements through new build, modernisation or refurbishment.
Protecting Playing Fields
Our Protecting Playing Fields fund provides grants of between £20,000 - £50,000 to help create, develop and improve playing surfaces across England.
Whether you want to make your club's changing rooms fit for purpose, make the facilities more accessible or perhaps re-roof the club house, we could provide you with a grant of £50,000 for capital improvements.
Our Strategic Facilities fund invests grants of over £500,000 - £2 million into a small number of projects to create innovative, large-scale multi-sport facilities that are beacons for community sport in this country.
Community Sport Activation Fund
Do you have plans to run a project that will get more people in your area playing sport? The Community Sport Activation Fund provides grants of £50,000 - £250,000 to locally focused projects which have partnership funding.
The Inclusive Sport programme is designed to increase the number of disabled young people (aged 14+) and adults regularly playing sport. There is up to £7m of funding which is aimed at organisations with great insight, consultation and concepts to open up sport to disabled people to help make sport a practical lifestyle choice for everyone.
The Get Equipped fund will invest £1 million of National Lottery funding to purchase sports equipment that will help increase the number of disabled young people (aged 14+) and adults regularly playing sport.
Check your project fits with our strategy. We will only fund projects that help us deliver at least one of our three main goals - to get more people playing sport, to retain those people who already take part and to develop talent.
You should also check that your sport is recognised by Sport England. We classify a number of sports as ‘higher risk’ for funding purposes and applicants in these sports may need to demonstrate that they are affiliated to, or are members of, the recognised national governing body (NGB) for their sport. ‘Higher risk’ sports and their respective NGB are indicated on the list of recognised sports. For the following sports, we have agreed that, in addition to members of the recognised NGB, we will also accept applications from members of the following bodies:
English Field Archery Association (EFAA)
National Field Archery Society (NFAS)
- Sub Aqua
British Underwater Sports Association (BUSA)
Sub Aqua Association (SAA)
Members of the above sub aqua bodies above must provide a letter of support from either BUSA or the SAA as appropriate and the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) with their applications. Information of how to go about obtaining a letter of support from BSAC can be found on its website at www.bsac.com/funding. Please be aware that applications received from BUSA or SAA members without the necessary letters of support may be deemed ineligible.
British Taekwondo Control Board (BTCB)
Download the sample application form of the programme you are interested in. This will help you see what information you need before you get started.
Apply online. All applications should be submitted online via our dedicated My Applications online portal.
The first time you log on to this site you will have to register to create a username and password.
My Applications will help you keep track of your application throughout the process. If you are successful, it is also where you will report your project's progress.