Families Fund application process

Learn more about the focus and timescales of the first round of our Children and 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 will open 6 July 2017.

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

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.

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.


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.

We are not currently planning any further workshops but will be developing a series of FAQs and further guidance to give eligible applicants everything they need to submit an application.

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

Application process

Following our series of workshops throughout April and May, the application process will open. 

Submission of an expression of interest form will open 6 July 2017 and close 31 August 2017 at 3pm.

Please remember, there will be the opportunity for organisations to attend further workshops and apply for funding in future rounds over the next four years. Later workshops and submission dates will be shared on our website in due course.