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Our funds

Coronavirus has hit the sport and physical activity sector hard and we know things have been tough, so we've modified our funding streams to help people safely return to play and are targeting the places they'll have the biggest impact.

Funding explained

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Each year we invest more than £250 million of National Lottery and public money to help people play sport and take part in physical activity.

We know that applying to one of our funds for the first time can seem a little daunting, but here we’ll guide you to the appropriate fund and explain exactly what you need to do.

Find the right fund

In addition to our regular funding streams, which have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, we've opened a £16.5m Return to Play Fund.

There are three parts to this new fund - Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended - with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.

They'll do this by supporting groups and organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people on lower incomes, those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the pandemic, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, and those experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began.

Tell us about you

You can use our fund chooser tool to find out which of our funds your project may be elegible for. Simply answer the questions below and we'll point you in the right direction:
How would you best describe your organisation?
Is the investment you require a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic?
What do you need investment for??
Do you require investment to cover running costs (i.e. rent, bills, wages)??
Is it likely you'll be needing more than £10,000 in investment?
Do you predominantly deliver football?
How much investment are you seeking from us?

We're currently prioritising open funding to local sports clubs, charities, community and voluntary sector organisations.

Please visit our dedicated funding page, which provides information on other ways to generate funding.

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We're currently prioritising funding to directly respond to the challenges facing the sport and physical activity sector. We'll revert to non-Covid-19 related funding in due course.

In the meantime, please visit our dedicated funding page, which provides other ways to generate funding.

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Please call our helpline on 03458 508 508 to discuss your needs.

You can also email us on funding@sportengland.org or get in touch using our webchat.

We already directly fund the Football Foundation, which funds a range of football projects.

If you have a football-only project, we suggest contacting your FA County Association for more information.

Alternatively, take a look at our Return to Play: Active Together fund, which does support football-only projects

If your project doesn't fit into our open investment programmes, but you think it's a game changer, our short Got a Great Idea form is for you.

Please visit our dedicated funding page, which provides information on other ways to generate funding.

It's currently unlikely that we we'd be able to invest in more than £50,000, so please take a look at our dedicated page , which provides information on other ways to generate funding.

Coronavirus funding options

Return to Play: Small Grants

This fund will make awards, using National Lottery funding, of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

In response to the current England-wide lockdown restrictions, this fund will also make a contribution of up to £2,000 towards the running costs of organisations supporting the most deprived communities.

Return to Play: Small Grants

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

This fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility’s ventilation.

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

Return to Play: Active Together

Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m.

With expert advice and guidance to support you, this will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs.

Return to Play: Active Together

Tackling Inequalities Fund

The Tackling Inequalities Fund has been set up to help to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity.

We’re working with Active Partnerships and selected national partners to connect funding to local community organisations, who are best placed to support our priority audiences through their extensive reach and networks.

Tackling Inequalities Fund

Other funding options

Got a Great Idea?

If you could do with a little help but none of our other open funds seem applicable, then you can always just tell us your great idea.

Forget about the application process for now, simply tell us your idea - including ones to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus crisis - and we'll let you know if it's something we can help you with.

Even if we can't fund you there are other ways we can help, so let's start talking.

Got a Great Idea?

Major Event Volunteer Fund

Focusing on volunteering, the Major Event Volunteer Fund aims to ensure people who lend their time at major events can continue to gain from the benefits we know volunteering can provide.

We want to help national governing bodies, event hosts and other organisations make it easier and more attractive for volunteers to continue their volunteering experience in community sport.

Major Event Volunteer Fund

Strategic Facilities Fund

Our Strategic Facilities Fund is designed to support the sector to invest strategically so it delivers the outcomes essential to local communities.

This programme is not open via an application process. We work with local authorities and our expert partners to ensure the right major capital projects are in the right places to support our strategic outcomes.

Strategic Facilities Fund

Other ways to generate funding

There are a number of other sources of funding that organisations can apply to and should consider in addition to the programmes we have available.

Find out more about the traditional sources of funding and social sector opportunities out there.

Other ways to generate funding

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Evaluation framework

We evaluate our investment programmes to gather learning that improves outcomes for existing and future projects. Evaluation reports show and explain impact and return on investment, increase our insight and support advocacy for further sport investment.

We've designed an Evaluation Framework to help our colleagues and partners to evaluate funding streams and projects effectively, and to get maximum value from measurement and evaluation.

Evaluation framework website

Funding FAQs

Check out our FAQs if you have any questions about our funding pages. 

Funding FAQs

Claim and reconciliation forms

If you've been awarded a revenue grant you'll need to claim your funding and reconcile your expenditure.

Claim and reconciliation

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