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Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.

Due to the large volume of applications received to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund, and the addition of our Storm Relief Fund, there’s a delay in applications being assessed.

We’re also currently receiving a large number of applications that don’t meet the organisation or project eligibility criteria.

We would urge potential applicants to carefully consider the sections on Who can/can't apply and What we can/can't fund, before you start your application.

Remember, the key aims are to tackle inequalities and to connect communities, by providing opportunity for new participants and those less active.

About the fund

This fund will make awards, using National Lottery funding, of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of up to £5m.  

We want to mark and help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year by supporting projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active.

Therefore, we want organisations to consider how they could work more collaboratively across their community, in order to make the biggest possible impact.

We always have more applications than we’re able to fund and so our priority is to support projects working with people in disadvantaged communities.

We also recognise the pandemic may still be affecting the delivery of projects, either in how they’re delivered or how much they cost to deliver.

You should make sure you consider any such additional cost or delivery changes to ensure you can achieve your aims.

Funds are available for project costs such as facility hire and coaching, as well as for small capital improvements.

More information on what you can apply for can be found below. 
 

Funding priorities

We always get more applications than we’re able to fund and therefore need to set priorities.

As noted above, we particularly want to support projects working with people located in areas of high deprivation (specifically people living in areas defined by Indices of Multiple Deprivation 1-3). To see which area your project location fits into, you can use this postcode checker.

We recognise there’ll be many people who have lower levels of sport and physical activity outside those geographic areas.

We’ve always tried to address inequalities through our funding and this programme is focused on tackling inequalities so all applications should explain how they do this.

We’d really like to see projects that are built from local experience and feedback; that bring together various groups and communities; and also make the most of local facilities and equipment.

It’s important your project can continue to run, or have a lasting legacy as a result of the funding.

You can use our Local Area Insights tool to help strengthen your application and help demonstrate the need for your project in your area.
 

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Who and what we'll fund

  • Who can apply

    You don’t have to be a sports organisation to apply but you should show how you have the skills and experience to deliver the project – we fund many non-sports organisations each year.

     

    Our funding will support projects delivering recognised sports and physical activity (see exception below) – a full list of which can be found here.

    Only not-for-profit organisations, with a minimum of three unrelated/non-cohabiting, trustees or directors where decision making/voting rights are equitably distributed, are eligible to receive funding under this fund.

    Eligible types of organisations are:

    • a community amateur sports club (as registered with HMRC)
    • an unregistered voluntary and community organisation with a not-for-profit constitution
    • a registered charity
    • a not-for-profit company (limited by guarantee without share capital or charitable incorporated organisation) and without persons of significant control
    • a community interest company (CIC) with no persons of significant control, or other social enterprise
    • community benefit society
    • a school using their facilities for wider community benefit
    • local authority bodies (including town, parish and community councils).
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  • Who can't apply

    While the focus is on what will be achieved, there are some organisation types that aren’t eligible for this fund.

     

    Your organisation can't apply if you're:

    • an individual, sole trader or organisation with less than three people or where decision making isn’t equitably shared (e.g. an incorporated body with persons of significant control)
    • a national governing body or Active Partnership
    • a commercial/for profit entity
    • based outside the UK
    • an organisation applying on behalf of another
    • delivering a high-risk sport without the appropriate affiliation
    • an organisation delivering football-only activities – such projects should apply to The Football Foundation.
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  • What we can fund

    Provided your project meets the programme aims, we can fund a wide range of costs and items.

    However, your project should add value to existing services or provision – we won’t fund costs already being incurred.

    Projects should consider how they involve their community in the design and delivery of the project. We’d like our funding to connect communities and build on the strengths and assets already in place.

    Below are some examples of what can be funded - if you're not sure whether we can fund an item, please speak to us before applying by calling 03458 508 508,  or emailing funding@sportengland.org.

    Minor facility alterations

    For example, to adapt a community space to make it more accessible/provide an offer of sport and physical activity.

    Please note, you must have, or provide confirmation you don’t need, the relevant planning permission/building control consent and/or landlord approval.

     

    Coaching

    Providing opportunities for those less likely to be active - offering them an activity they want to participate in.

    Volunteer training

    Develop your organisation's volunteer base through offering training to both new and existing volunteers.

    Service alterations

    Providing new ways of delivering your existing activity to attract new participants/members – for example, offering outreach or web-based classes or targeting new audiences through connecting with other providers in your locality. 

    Additional equipment

    To enable expansion of activity or safer delivery of activity – for example a defibrillator and associated costs (such as training for its use) as part of a wider project to deliver sport and physical activity.

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  • What we won't fund

    Unfortunately, we can't fund everything, and this fund won't cover:

    • projects that don’t meet the programme aims of tackling inequalities and bringing the community together
    • general running costs or existing costs of your organisation (e.g. utility bills, staffing etc.)
    • existing activity – although we may pay for additional costs associated with the expansion of that activity
    • construction/refurbishment projects where building regulations approval, planning permission, or landlord consent hasn’t yet been obtained
    • replacement of equipment
    • projects incurring costs prior to the date of an award letter
    • costs associated in submitting the application, e.g. paying someone to write your application for you
    • projects not ready to begin within six weeks
    • projects requiring Sport England funding for longer than 12 months
    • costs benefitting an individual (e.g. membership fees)
    • costs benefitting participants under five years of age (unless part of a family orientated project involving adults)
    • costs that aren't a direct responsibility of the applicant to cover (for example, costs associated with a facility not owned/leased by the applicant)
    • VAT you can recover
    • activity where there’s a statutory responsibility – e.g. curriculum time delivery
    • activity where participants live outside England
    • projects delivering a high-risk sport where coaches or the applicant organisation isn’t affiliated to the relevant national governing body
    • football-only/football dominant projects (such projects should consider The Football Foundation)
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Applying

Preparing your application

Remember that we know nothing about your project and so it's important you take your time to explain the essentials.

  • Who will benefit?
  • Why the project is needed.
  • How you'll deliver those benefits.

About your project

Think about the people you're going to work with and be clear how you know why they need this project.

Think about other services that may currently be offered by other organisations and explain how your project adds value.

Understand the potential impact it’ll have on them but be realistic with your targets and ambitions.

Delivery

Tell us the resources you need to deliver the outcomes and how you'll ensure your project is a success.

Explain how you’ll reach the participant target you’ve set.

Think about any other organisations you’ll work with to help maximise the benefit of the project and then how you’ll achieve a legacy it.

Budget

A breakdown of what any potential funding will be spent on.

Consider whether your budget is offering the best value for money and includes all the costs you need, even if you don’t require all the money from us.

Supporting documents

To make our process simpler, we don’t require you to provide any supporting documents at the time of application.

However, if you have project plans, budget or letters of support then feel free to upload them when you submit your application form.

Should you be successful in securing grant funding you’ll be required to provide evidence of a bank account set up in the name of your organisation.

We may also ask for your organisation’s governing document to check your organisation’s eligibility.

Register your organisation

If you've not applied before, you'll need to register your organisation before you can start an application – you can do this here.

  • Questions you'll be asked

    So you know what to expect when submitting an application, here's a list of what we'll ask you.

    • About your organisation
      • Are you a registered charity?
      • Are you a company?
    • Project contact details
      • Name and details of the best person to contact about the application, and the organisation
    • Second contact
      • Name and details of the second contact for the application
    • Tell us more about your project
      • Title
      • Project description, in 500 words or fewer - including who you'll work with, why they need this project and the impact it will have on them
      • How will you deliver your project, in 500 words or fewer - including the resources you'll need and the steps you'll take to deliver
      • Project start date
      • Project finish date
      • How many people will benefit in total?
      • Attach supporting documents - e.g. photos or a link to a video
    • Sport and affiliations
      • Which sport(s) will your project involve?
      • Are you affiliated to a national governing body?
    • Location
      • Where will your project take place?
    • Funding your project
      • Provide a breakdown of total project costs
      • Attach a detailed budget if desired
    • Submitting your application
      • Attach any further supporting documents you have
      • Assure all elements have been completed
      • Confirm all information is correct
      • Submit application
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Submit your application

We're looking for the best ideas, not the best written applications, and you should only write something you think really helps us understand how good your project is.

Focus on the points detailed above and use the guidance available by clicking on the '?' icon next to each question on the application form for more help.

Apply now

After you've applied

We’ll try and get a decision to you as soon as possible. Usually this takes around three weeks, but when we experience a very high volume of interest a decision may take longer.

Please bear with us as our funding teams respond to the huge demand for our funding. We’ll assess applications in the order they’re submitted. If we need some more information, we may contact you.

Please be aware we only have limited funds available and therefore we can’t fund everything we’d like to, including some really good projects. If we can’t fund your request, we'll tell you why.

  • If you're successful

    If you're successful, you'll receive an award agreement by email, stating the purpose of the award and containing our terms and conditions, along with our monitoring and evaluation requirements.

    It'll also contain forms you'll need to fill in to accept and claim your award. Please read your award letter carefully and keep it safe for future reference.

    For sports we deem higher risk, appropriate affiliation to the national governing body will be required.

    Your grant funding is intended specifically for what you've applied for, and any proposed changes should be discussed with us in advance.

    You should also keep all receipts and evidence of expenditure. Payments for goods and services for the project should be made directly from the organisation’s bank account (i.e. not by cash) as we may request bank statements to verify project expenditure. You should make sure payments from your account are clearly annotated.

    If you have any questions, please email smallgrants@sportengland.org or call 03458 508 508.

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