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.
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 do I apply?
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.
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.