Our new strategy for volunteering, Volunteering in an Active Nation, sets out our plans to allow more people to engage in all types of volunteering through sport and physical activity.
Our aim is to enable people from all walks of life to enjoy the benefits of volunteering in sport and physical activity – whatever their background, age or interests. And we want to make the experience as appealing and rewarding as possible for everyone.
Download our investment guide and separate insight guide for volunteering below.
Our Opportunity Fund aims to get people from economically disadvantaged communities to volunteer.
We want to invest in projects that benefit people facing disadvantage as a result of the community they live in – and that allow them to make a positive contribution to those communities. These could range from inner-city areas with high levels of crime and social exclusion to remote rural areas with few services.
We want to create opportunities that get people helping others from an early age. Many of those who take part in social action regularly started when they were as young as 10.
Sport attracts many young people and can provide a springboard to social action. Just over half of young people prefer sport to any other volunteering pastimes.
We’re keen to test bold new approaches with our Potentials Fund to get young people involved in social action that includes sport and physical activity – especially those who might not have been involved in sport before.
Find out more about both of our new funds in our volunteering investment guide.
To support you in the development of your idea, we have also produced an insight guide that contains useful insight from a range of sources, including national surveys on volunteering across all sectors, what we know about volunteering in sport specifically, as well as #iwill’s research into youth social action.
Applying for funding
Applying to either our Opportunity or Potentials funds involves a competitive two-stage selection process.
The first stage will be an expression of interest, where you can tell us about your organisation, your understanding of the audience you want to work with and your initial project idea.
The details you provide in your expression of interest form will be assessed against the criteria outlined in our guide to determine which organisations are invited to submit a full application in stage two.
There are also paper versions of the expression of interest form available for both funds for you to view at the bottom of this page.
Please note your application must be submitted online. The paper form is available to show you what information is required in each section of the form and is intended to help you complete your online application.
The second stage will see shortlisted applicants invited to submit a full application by June 2017. Applicants at this second stage will be required to supplement the information provided within their expression of interest by providing full details of their project.
Should you decide to apply for funding after reading our investment guide, we would also strongly encourage you to read the following supporting documents
- Volunteering Funding Investment Guide
- Volunteering Insight Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Volunteering in an Active Nation
- Online expression of interest form for our Opportunity Fund
- Online expression of interest form for our Potentials Fund
- For more information please contact: email@example.com
- File size: 1372KB Volunteering Funding Investment Guide.pdf Download
- File size: 1258KB Volunteering Insight Guide.pdf Download
- File size: 355KB Volunteering Funding FAQs.docx Download
- File size: 43KB Volunteering Opportunity Fund Expression of Interest.docx Download
- File size: 46KB Volunteering Potentials Fund Expression of Interest.docx Download