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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.

There is particular interest in projects working with people located in areas of high deprivation, specifically people living in areas defined by Indices of Multiple Deprivation 1-3. Applicants will need to explain how they tackle inequalities.

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.

First time applicants will need to register their organisation on the Sport England website before they can start an application.


£300 - £15,000
31 Mar 2024
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