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Sport England: Community Asset Fund

Sport England has launched its new capital fund, the Community Asset Fund, in support of its new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’.

Building on Sport England’s experience gained from delivering the Inspired Facilities and Protecting Playing Fields scheme, this new funding programme will continue to invest in local infrastructure in order to give local people the opportunity to play sport and be more physically active with the goal of ‘changing lives’ and becoming a ‘force for social good’.

Sport England wants to achieve the following through this funding programme:

  • Improve and protect existing sports facilities that support the needs of local communities.
  • Invest in new and different places that meet the needs of local communities, which include Sport England’s target audiences.
  • Ensure Sport England’s capital investment reaches organisations that have not accessed Sport England’s funding before.
  • Create a more resilient, sustainable, less grant dependent sport sector.

Grants are available from £1,000 to £150,000.

Sport England is taking a new approach in running this funding programme. The following are some of the key changes:

  • This is an open rolling programme. Applications can be submitted at any time.
  • There will be regular and quick decision making.
  • The application is short and simple.
  • Initially no supporting information is required.
  • More flexibility regarding individual projects which could mean agreeing timeframes, supporting information or offering additional support.

An online application form and guidance information can be found on the Sport England website.

Applicants must provide evidence of the following with their application:

  • Organisations governance arrangements.
  • Organisations financial management.
  • Organisations bank account.
  • Organisations ownership or facility or space.
  • Appropriate Child Protection and Adults at risk policy and procedures.

Statutory bodies’ requirements are reduced due to the nature of the organisations.

For further information please visit the fund website here.