Before you start

Before you consider applying for a grant, you need to be sure that your organisation and your project are suitable for funding

The information below will give you some more information about the kind of organisations and projects we want to support.

Download our Small Grants Guide

If you have any queries then you can always call us on 0345 8508 508 or email: funding@sportengland.org

Who can apply?

Small Grants can fund formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. This might include sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport. We will not fund an individual, sole trader or partnership, organisations established to make profit or organisations not established in the UK.

You will need to have a written constitution or governing document which should contain a clear not-for-profit statement and charitable dissolution clause. Your membership should be open to all sections of the community and your governing committee should include at least three people who are not related and who do not live together.

Your application and supporting documents should show us that your organisation is appropriately governed. More information can be found in our Good Governance Guide.

If your organisation is part of a larger organisation, you should confirm that you are sufficiently independent of them. If you do not have your own committee, bank account and constitution you will need the support of your parent organisation, which must accept overall responsibility for the award.

Our strategic outcomes

Our mission is to get more people playing more sport more often and all applications should tell us how they will help deliver our strategic outcomes:

  • More people playing sport once a week
  • An increase in the number of 14-25s playing sport once a week
  • A reduction in drop off at ages 16, 18, 21 & 24
  • Growth in the number of disabled people playing sport

If your project is focused on delivering sport to people aged 13 and under you will need to demonstrate how it directly supports our objectives. People stop taking part in certain sports, such as gymnastics, at an earlier age and we will take this into consideration when assessing your application.

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