Sport England – ‘Inspired Facilities’ Funding

The Inspired Facilities Fund is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Investment will be available to breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive to sports participants, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, putting these clubs right back at the heart of their local communities.

There will also be money available to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport. Typical investments might be:

  •  A sprung floor that converts an unused hall into a local multi-sport facility
  •  New changing rooms, so away teams no longer need to change in the car par
  •  New floodlights that mean a facility can be used for many more hours of the day

At least £35 million of the funding will go to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £50,000. The remaining money will be open to a wider group of organisations, including councils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available.

Applicants whose project will benefit disadvantaged young people will also be invited to apply for funding from the Thomas Cook’s Children’s Charity.

Eligible improvements must fall under the following headings:

  •  Building modernisation
  •  Outdoor sports lighting
  •  Outdoor sports surfaces and AdiZones
  •  Modular buildings
  •  Sports equipment.

The next deadline is 5pm 8th June 2015 for a decision meeting in September and after that 2nd January 2016 for a decision in April.

Tel: 08458 508 508 E-mail: fundingsupport@sportengland.org

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