Between 2012 and 2017, the Improvement Fund will invest £45m of National Lottery funding into medium-sized projects that will improve people's sporting experiences. This is being distributed via five funding rounds of £9m per year.
The Improvement Fund awards grants of £150,000 - £500,000 in sustainable projects with a clear local need.
It bridges the gap between our Iconic Facilities fund which invest in large-scale, multi-sport facilities and our Inspired Facilities fund which supports small-scale community projects.
The fund supports projects that deliver improvements through new build, modernisation or refurbishment.
For Round 2, priority will be given to projects that can clearly demonstrate a significant reduction in the use of energy and/or water, and reduce waste in the construction and operation of the facility. In particular we will seek to support projects that can address one or more of the following themes and issues:
- Mitigating the impact of climate change
- Supporting the creation of and viability of multi-sport environments
- Providing an exemplar for future projects by the selective use of new technologies and improvements to the building fabric
Successful projects may be required to submit baseline data for energy costs and then undertake comparative assessments for up to two years post completion. We may select projects to provide data over a longer period of time to support our ongoing research.
To ensure the Improvement Fund can support as many projects as possible, we will require a minimum of 25 per cent cash partnership funding towards the total project costs. This can come from either the applicant body and/or third parties.
Round 2 is now closed. We expect Round 3 to open next year.