Sport England – Small Grants Programme


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

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

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.

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

The funders are also looking to support activities which focus on environmental sustainability.

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

The deadline to apply is 30th June 2023.

More details are available here:

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