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Sport England - Small Grants Programme

Objectives of Fund

The Sport England Small Grants Programme aims to support local community sport projects that seek to encourage people in England, regardless of age, background or level of ability, to feel able to get involved in sport and physical activity. And, in particular, projects which meet one or more of the following aims of Sport England's ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy:

  • Getting inactive people to become more active.
  • Developing lasting sporting habits.
  • Developing more positive attitudes among young people.

During the year of the Coronation 2023, the fund is also supporting projects which focus on sustainable activity and those which focus on skills development for young people.

Value Notes

Grants of between £300 and £15,000 are available.

Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from:

  • Community amateur sports clubs (as registered with HMRC).
  • Unregistered voluntary and community organisations with a not-for-profit constitution.
  • Registered charities.
  • Not-for-profit companies (limited by guarantee without share capital or charitable incorporated organisation).
  • Community interest companies (CICs) or other social enterprises.
  • Community benefit societies.
  • Schools using their facilities for wider community benefit.
  • Local authority bodies (including town, parish and community councils).

Applicants do not have to be a sports organisation to apply as Sport England is more interested in the applicants' knowledge of and track record in the community that will benefit from the project.

In order to be eligible for funding over £10,000 applicants must meet Tier One of the Code for Sports Governance. Organisations applying for projects involving sports that Sport England deems higher risk will be required to have appropriate affiliation to the national governing body.




Grants are not available for:

  • Individuals
  • Sole traders.
  • Organisations not established in the UK.
  • Organisations applying on behalf of another.
  • Companies that can pass on profits generated from Sport England funding to directors, members or shareholders.
  • Projects that do not meet the programme aims of tackling inequalities and bringing the community together.
  • General running costs or existing costs.
  • Existing activity.
  • Construction/refurbishment projects where building regulations approval, planning permission, or landlord consent are needed and have not yet been approved.
  • Replacement of equipment.
  • Projects incurring costs prior to the date of an award letter.
  • Costs associated in submitting the application.
  • 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 are not a direct responsibility of the applicant to cover (for example, costs associated with a facility not owned/leased by the applicant).
  • VAT that can be recovered.
  • Activity where there is a statutory responsibility.
  • Activity where participants live outside England.
  • Projects delivering a high-risk sport where coaches or the applicant organisation is not affiliated to the relevant national governing body.
  • football-only/football dominant projects.

Eligible Expenditure

The aim of the fund is to bring communities together and provide sport and physical activities for people who may be less physically active.

Types of costs which can be covered include:

  • Coaching – providing opportunities for those less likely to be active, offering them an activity they want to participate in.
  • Volunteer training – develop an organisation’s volunteer base through offering training to both new and existing volunteers.
  • Service alterations – providing new ways of delivering 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 the 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.
  • Minor facility alterations – examples include adapting a community space to make it more accessible for those with mobility impairments, refurbishing a space to enable sport and physical activity to be offered or improving a space to make it more energy efficient.

King's Coronation 2023

During the year of the Coronation, two additional priorities have been added to the fund which reflect His Majesty the King's personal passions:

  • Projects which focus on sustainability while reducing the impact on the environment, such as purchasing locally made equipment to extend capacity in a club or using local community assets to minimise travel.
  • Projects which focus on developing skills in young people. This could include supporting them through coaching qualifications or relevant sports administration courses, or trying new sessions to bring new participants into the club.

For projects addressing environmental sustainability in sport and physical activity, funded work should align with at least one of the following areas of focus:

  • Reducing energy use - Actions and measures which support local efforts towards achieving net zero including installing energy efficient equipment and improving insulation.
  • Encouraging responsible travel - Promoting accessible and safe public transport options or encouraging active travel modes such as walking and cycling.
  • Reducing waste and resource efficiency - Measures and actions that seek to reduce and eliminate waste including promotion of repairing, reusing and recycling.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until 31 March 2024. Decisions are expected within three weeks, or longer during periods of high demand.

Guidance notes and the online application form are available on the Sport England website.

Contact Sport England for further information.


£300 - £15,000
31 Mar 2024
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