Community Sport Activation Fund

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Latest news

  • Round 3 closed on 27 January
  • Applications are currently being assessed; decisions are expected by the end of March
  • £15 million available for projects in round 3

Designed in response to local demand, the Community Sport Activation Fund is a £47.5 million Lottery funding programme provide grassroots activity at a very local level. We will invest in what works best in your area, based on local need and evidence.

Projects the fund is aimed at

The kind of projects we expect to fund include:

  • Activities reflecting a broad range of sports
  • Informal opportunities which could lead to regular participation
  • Multi-sport activities which provide people with a range of choices and opportunities to suit them
  • Family orientated activities with a focus on the 14 plus age group
  • Local activator roles that focus on directly organising and delivering new opportunities for participation

Projects could be for up to three years and the grants will range from £50,000 - £250,000.

The best projects will demonstrate the following key characteristics:

  • A focus on a clearly defined geographical area and community
  • Demonstrable understanding of sporting needs
  • Evidence of what potential participants want or need in order to take part in sport once a week
  • Local partners working together to deliver and help fund the project
  • A clear and robust delivery plan
  • Realistic but ambitious numbers for increasing and sustaining once a week participation

Funding rounds

There are five opportunities to apply for this fund over the next four years. Given the number of opportunities to apply we encourage you to apply only when your project is ready.

  • Round 1 - ran from 7 January 2013 – 4 February 2013.
  • Round 2 -  ran from 7 May 2013 - 1 July 2013 
  • Round 3 - ran from 15 November 2013 – 27 January 2014
  • Round 4 - Opening Summer 2014
  • Round 5 - April 2015 – June 2015

Round 3 now has £15 million available to projects with the original £7.5 million boosted with additional funds of £7.5million to help us fund projects in the most deprived parts of the country.

Deprived Communities

Sport England recognises that the economic climate remains very challenging.  This has sometimes meant that strong projects have not been submitted because the applicants and partners have not been able to secure partnership funding even at the minimum levels we require.  So for Round 3 we have relaxed the requirement for partnership funding for projects which will directly benefit the most deprived communities in England based on the English Indices of Deprivation (IMD).

If the substantial majority (80% or more) of the targeted participants for your project live in local authority ward areas with an IMD score of 25 or higher then you may apply without partnership funding.

To check if this applies to your project please see the PDF document below for the list of eligible wards.

For further information on the changes for Round 3 and to find out how you can apply, download the documents below.

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