Families Fund application process

Learn more about the focus and timescales of the first round of our Families Fund

We're investing up to £40 million into projects which offer new opportunities for families with children to get active and play sport together.

Up to £10 million has been allocated for the first round of our Families Fund, which opened 6 July 2017.

Future rounds will follow over the next three years and more information on submission dates will be available in due course.

The deadline for online expressions of interest has now closed.

Families and projects we're focusing on

We're focusing on families with children aged 5-15, with a particular emphasis on low income families and families living in areas of high deprivation.

We're also looking to target families where their children are not active for at least 60 minutes each day.

Download our Families Fund Prospectus

We will look to invest in and work with organisations, both sporting and non-sporting, who understand children and families and have a proven track record of working with them. Potential examples include housing associations, family-focused charities, parent support organisations and outdoor activity providers.  

The anticipated size of funding for projects from our Families Fund will be from £50,000 up to £500,000 for the right project.

Application process

Our Families Fund – Supporting Families to be Active Together Prospectus will provide you with all the information you need to know about the fund and the aims of our investment. Please take the time to read this before submitting your expression of interest.

We have also produced a set of frequently asked questions that will help you with your submission.

The expression of interest form is the first step in the process for determining which organisations will be invited to submit a full application for further consideration.


Our online expression of interest form opened 6 July 2017 and closed 31 August 2017 at 3pm.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us at: info-CYP@sportengland.org


Please watch the film below that was recorded at one of our workshops and will help those that were unable to attend.

Copies of the presentation and the handouts used are also available to download from the document carousel below.

Please remember that this funding is for four years and for the first round. We are looking to work with organisations who have a proven track record of working with families.

We'll provide further information about future rounds in due course.

If you have any other queries about this particular round, then please email: info-CYP@sportengland.org