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Our funds

Whether you're a small village club in need of new equipment, an organisation looking to send your members on a coaching course, or even a multi-million-pound facility used by world-class athletes, we're here to help.

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.

Funding options

Community Emergency Fund

The Community Emergency Fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

Please note, for the foreseeable future this fund is paused to new applications while we’re in the process of evaluating it.

Community Emergency Fund

Small Grants

Our Small Grants programme makes awards of between £300 and £10,000 to help more people get involved in sport and physical activity. 

You can apply if your organisation is a voluntary or community club or organisation, registered charity, not-for-profit company or community interest company.

Small Grants

Community Asset Fund

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.

Our Community Asset Fund is a programme dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active.

Community Asset Fund

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 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

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

Find the right fund

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:
What do you need funding for??
Is your project focused around football??
What size of award do you require??

Community Asset Fund

You may be eligible to apply for our Community Asset Fund.

Please read through the guidance document on the Community Asset Fund page linked below for more information about our eligibility criteria.

Projects between 1k and 150k

Strategic Facilities

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

Projects above 150k

Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is jointly funded by the Premier League, The FA and us to support football projects. The Facilities Fund offers awards up to £500,000 for the development of new or refurbished local football facilities.

Football Foundation

Great Ideas

If your project doesn’t fit into our open funding programmes but you think it’s a potential game changer, our short Great Ideas form is for you.

Project ideas

Get in touch

Please call our helpline on 03458 508 508 to discuss an ongoing project.
You can also email us via, or get in touch using our webchat on this page.

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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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