£10,001 - £50,000
no deadline
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EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY- Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

It's designed to provide capital funding to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play this autumn.

  • Your project must be about addressing the challenges you're now facing because of coronavirus and linked to a return to play. At this time, we’ll not be funding general capital works.
  • The minimum level of funding available is £10,001 - for anything less than this, please see our Return to Play: Small Grants fund.
  • The maximum level of funding available is £50,000 - this is to ensure we can fund more clubs and groups.


Highest priority

Projects located in areas of high deprivation, including rural areas (decile 1-3 of the Indices of Deprivation). To see which decile your project location fits into, you can use this postcode checker.

Other funding priorities

-Organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.

-Organisations that don't have a significant level of reserve funding available to utilise.


Who can apply?

You do not have to be a sports organisation to apply, however, sport should be an established and significant part of what you do.

Your organisation can apply if you are:

  • a not-for-profit voluntary group or sports club
  • a not-for-profit community club or organisation
  • a registered charity
  • a not-for-profit company
  • a community interest company (CIC) or other social enterprise
  • a leisure operator, operating a single site.

Applications will be welcomed for projects seeking to implement adaptations needed to ensure clubs and community facilities can reopen safely and operate within the government's/NGB's rules and guidance.

This could be a project to:

  • adapt the way you use a place or space to meet return to play guidance, e.g. by creating a one-way circulation system, improving ventilation, or access arrangements
  • convert an existing space to help meet social distancing requirements, such as additional changing accommodation, showers etc.
  • make improvements to a building or open space to enable activity to take place as a temporary arrangement, such as as a vacant warehouse, shop or community centre
  • cover an outdoor area or install temporary floodlights to enable activity to take place.

Your project must be for fixed permanent, or semi-permanent, capital works and applications for non-coronavirus related works will not be accepted during this time.

To read more information and to apply, please click "GO TO GRANT PAGE"