Sport England - Community Asset Fund, no deadlines
6 February 2017
Sport England's new Community Asset Fund is open for applications.
The funder's aims are 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, which include Sport England's target audiences.
- Ensure capital investment reaches organisations that have not been funded by Sport England before.
- Create a more resilient, sustainable, less grant dependent sport sector.
"We know every project will be different as every community is different. It doesn’t have to be a traditional space – or a traditional sport. For instance, there are thousands of outdoor spaces up and down the country – like canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces – all with potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle.
"Any organisation with a great idea can apply for our support. You might be:
- Looking to take over an underused sports facility or one under threat of closure. You might need support to bring a building back into use or need improvements to a recreational space.
- Wanting to expand or improve the sporting experience you offer your customers. You could be looking to improve a changing room or installing new toilets, heating system or social space.
- Responding to an emergency or unexpected event that is stopping people from being active. You might need to fix a roof that’s been damaged or repair an area after flood damage.
- Or simply have a great idea for a project. You might want to make improvements to a building or open space that’s clearly needed in the local community."
The funder expects typical awards to be:
- Small-scale investments typically ranging from £1,000 to £15,000 to address emergency works due to something like storm or flood damage, or something totally unexpected that is stopping people from being able to stay active right now.
- Medium-scale investments typically ranging from between £15,000 to £50,000 to address more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community.
Larger investments from £50,000 to £150,000 can be made but will be the exception. For grants of this size, organisations will need to demonstrate a considerable impact or target under-represented groups.
To help plan your project, the funder recommends that potential applicants read the guide to developing your idea.
Please read the guidance notes before completing the online application form.
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