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Funding Sources

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Sport England are currently open to hearing from all types of community organisations with great ideas for improving the places and spaces where people can play sport or become more active.

The Community Asset Fund is a new approach, launched in January 2017, designed to:-

  • 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, particularly hard to reach groups and communities;
  • Ensure our capital investment reaches organisations who have not accessed Sport England’s funding before;
  • Create a more resilient, sustainable, less grant dependent sport sector.

Applications are welcome from all organisations and will be assessed in a bespoke way depending on the size and nature of the project.

Anticipated size of bids: £1,000 to £150,000

For further information on eligibility and developing your idea, go to:

Please note that the volume of applications to this fund is extremely high and turnaround time for initial assessment is approx. 8-10 weeks. This period may increase for some applications where we need to clarify details on the project.

As part of the Planning Process, council’s ask housing developers to pay towards the costs of new or improved recreation facilities (such as tennis / netball courts) to offset the impact of development and benefit local communities. These arrangements are set out in Section 106 legal agreements. Decisions on how developer contributions are spent varies from Council to Council. Some provide a grant aid scheme for community organisations to apply to. It’s important to remember that developers contributions are for projects that are of benefit to those living in the housing development in addition to the wider community. An example process can be found on the Winchester City Council website.

If your facility improvement project is near a recent housing development or you know that there are plans to build houses in the area, go to the Planning pages of your local Council’s website and see if you can apply for developers contributions.

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is a tax credit scheme enabling operators of landfill sites to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). In turn, EBs are keen to fund community projects that help to improve open spaces, recreation grounds and sports facilities near landfill sites. To find out if there is Environmental Body distributing funds in your area, click here.

To keep up to date with funding available for sport, you may find the following website useful

There are an increasing number of sports related projects that are raising funds from crowd funding. This type of fundraising is suited to innovative projects involving large networks of interested individuals / beneficiaries that are willing to help contribute financially to make a dream become a reality.

Our favourite crowdfunding platform is ‘Spacehive’ as donations are pledged on an ‘all or nothing’ basis. To find out more how crowdfunding works, go to

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