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Community Asset Fund

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

Temporary closure

We’ve taken the difficult decision to temporarily pause the Community Asset Fund to new applications.

This is for two reasons: firstly, to enable us to concentrate on the £195 million package of funding that we’re developing in response to the Covid-19 crisis, and secondly, because we recognise that during the current restrictions, many organisations cannot make progress with the projects that are funded from this programme.

We anticipate being able to reopen this fund in July, but if we can do so sooner, we will. Any applications already submitted to us will continue to be assessed.

We've produced a frequently asked questions document that can be accessed below.

You can still find out about the fund by scrolling down this page.

About the Community Asset Fund

There are many things we want to achieve with the Community Asset Fund. But most importantly, we want to help local organisations create quality and financially sustainable facilities or spaces that benefit their community for years to come.

Traditional sports facilities where people spend time getting active are an important part of this, but it can be much wider too. It doesn’t have to be a traditional space – or a traditional sport.

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Who's it for?

We’re keen to hear from any sports club or community organisation with a great idea that’ll make a real difference to the places where people play sport and get active.

To find out more on what the Community Asset Fund is about and whether it’s for you, watch our video below.

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Community Asset Fund guide

Learn more about the fund with our downloadable Community Asset Fund guide.

Download the Community Asset Fund guide

Community Asset Fund – key facts:

  • Anticipated size of bids: Between £1,000 and £150,000
  • Who we want to work with: We welcome applications from all organisations
  • Fund goal: To improve and protect existing sports facilities that support the needs of local communities and create a more resilient, sustainable, less grant-dependent sport sector.

What does it fund?

We want to work with clubs and groups that really respond to the people in their local community. We’re looking to work with different groups and organisations that ensure everyone has the opportunity to choose to take part in sport and physical activity.

We know every project will be different as every community is different. It doesn’t have to be a traditional space – or a traditional sport. For instance, there are thousands of outdoor spaces up and down the country – like canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces – all with potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle.

While we’ll continue to invest in projects that help people to keep playing sport and increase the number who are regularly taking part, we’re also looking to invest in projects that look beyond this to how sport and physical activity can – and does – change lives and becomes a force for social good.

Examples of what we’ll fund

You might be:

  • Looking to take over an underused sports facility or one under threat of closure (for example, you may need financial support to bring a building back into use)
  • Wanting to expand or improve the experience you offer your customers (for example, upgrade a changing room or installing new toilets, heating system or social space)
  • Responding to an emergency or unexpected event that’s stopping people from being active (for example, fixing a roof that's been damaged by flooding)
  • Intending to make improvements to a building or open space that's clearly needed in the local community.

Examples of what we won’t fund

There are some projects that we're not able to fund through this programme. Below you can find a list of some of the typical examples we get asked about. If you're not sure please get in contact.

  • Football-only projects*
  • Small-scale cricket projects
  • Revenue-only projects (for example, coaching courses, facility running costs or equipment-only projects)
  • Routine maintenance and repairs resulting from wear and tear
  • Children's playgrounds and play equipment
  • Projects intended for private gain (i.e. sole traders)
  • Retrospective funding (paying for works you have already completed)
  • Projects we've funded in the past.

*We 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. While we can fund multi-sport projects that include football, football mustn’t be the majority activity that’s being funded.

How much can you apply for?

While we review every project individually, it’s up to you and your organisation to shape your project and the funding request that you make to us.

We know that small and medium-scale awards can make a significant difference to an organisation and the community it serves. Therefore, we expect our typical awards to be either:

  • Small-scale investments: These typically range from £1,000 to £15,000. The investment will address emergency works due to something like storm or flood damage, or something totally unexpected that’s stopping people from being able to stay active
  • Medium-scale investments: These typically range from £15,000 to £50,000. The investment will address more substantial changes; it might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community
  • Large-scale investments: By exception, these typically range from £50,000 to £150,000. An organisation must demonstrate that the investment will have a considerable impact or is targeting under-represented groups. Typically, organisations that receive large-scale investment awards are unlikely to have received funding from us before.

How do I apply?

Application hub

To apply for the Community Asset Fund, you’ll need to do so via our application hub. There you’ll be able to work on your application when it’s convenient to you and submit when you’re ready, as well as revisit previously submitted Community Asset Fund applications.

Guidance and support

Before applying for our Community Asset Fund, it’s worth finding out more about the fund.

Our guidance documents will tell you more about how and why we're doing things differently, when we’ll make decisions, plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.

Developing your idea

Developing a space to be active in any community is a really important role – and it can seem like a lot to take on even at the best of times.

Our ‘Community Asset Fund: Developing Your Idea’ document is dedicated to helping you do just that. Developed to be of benefit regardless as to whether we can offer your organisation funding, it offers some key thoughts, examples and links to existing advice that’s ideal for anyone looking to progress a project or idea.

Get advice on developing your idea for a new community space with our downloadable guide.

Download the Developing Your Idea document

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Photo and video submission guide

Helping to illustrate and explain a project better than words alone, photos and videos can provide a vital assessment tool at both the application and evaluation phases of a project.

Ideally, you’ll take before, during and after shots of your project’s development. This is because it’s an easy way of showing the impact or difference that your hard work and investment has made. It also provides us with some assurance that the work we’ve funded has been carried out as planned.

To help you with your photo and video submissions, we’ve put together a downloadable guide to show you how to best go about showing off your work. It includes do’s and don’ts, as well as real-life examples of how some of our funded projects have gone about photographing their journey.

The research you need

Organisations often need facts to demonstrate sport and physical activity is a sound investment. That’s why we commission research and share the latest evidence on what inspires people to get active and the many benefits. Click below for more.

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