Grants & Funding

Sport England Announces Launch of Its New Community Asset Fund

Sport England has announced that from 30 January 2017, schools, sports clubs, local authorities, and community organisations will be able to apply for funding of up to £150,000 from its Community Asset Fund. This is a new £15 million per year capital fund to enhance the spaces and areas within a local community that can be used by people to keep active.

This can include existing sports facilities in need of repair or an upgrade as well as outdoor spaces like playing fields, parks, canal towpaths, woodlands and other open spaces; that can be used as part of an active lifestyle.

Typical awards to be either:

• Small-scale investments typically ranging from £1,000 to £15,000. These will 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. These will address more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community.

• By exception, Sport England will consider larger investments ranging from £50,000 to £150,000. This will be when organisations can demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under-represented groups. They are also unlikely to have received funding from Sport England previously Statutory bodies and education establishments will specifically need to:

• Provide a minimum of pound-for-pound partnership funding

• Demonstrate the strategic need for their project proportionate to the scale of investment requested

• Limit requests to a maximum of £150,000 within any 12-month period. This will be a rolling programme with applications being accepted at any time.

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (UK) Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company's grants programme. In particular, the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills.

Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London.

The next deadline for applications is the 31st July 2017.

This can include existing sports facilities in need of repair or an upgrade as well as outdoor spaces like playing fields, parks, canal towpaths, woodlands and other open spaces; that can be used as part of an active lifestyle.

Typical awards to be either:

• Small-scale investments typically ranging from £1,000 to £15,000. These will 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. These will address more substantial changes. This might be an upgrade to an existing facility or developing a new space in the community.

• By exception, Sport England will consider larger investments ranging from £50,000 to £150,000. This will be when organisations can demonstrate a considerable impact or are targeting under-represented groups. They are also unlikely to have received funding from Sport England previously Statutory bodies and education establishments will specifically need to:

• Provide a minimum of pound-for-pound partnership funding

• Demonstrate the strategic need for their project proportionate to the scale of investment requested

• Limit requests to a maximum of £150,000 within any 12-month period. This will be a rolling programme with applications being accepted at any time.

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 1st June 2017. Grants of over £10,000 per year for up to three years are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through: illness, distress, abuse or neglect;

• any kind of disability;

• behavioural or psychological difficulties;

• and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Projects should make a differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. For schools to be eligible the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

Examples of schools that recently received funding include:

• St Joseph's School and Community Steering Group, which received a grant of £61,480 to provide an after school and holiday clubs to engage disadvantaged young people living in Workington in physical and healthy living activity;

• Kelbourne School in Glasgow received a grant of £10,000 to purchase lights and other sensory equipment for a hydrotherapy pool that will help disabled children and young people to have more confidence, increase their mobility and improve their wellbeing

• Northgate School in Barnet, which received a grant of £31,623 to support children and young people who are in hospital with severe mental health problems.

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