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Sport England's Small Grants Programme

Sport England's Small Grants Programme is still open!

Small Grants uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to help more people play sport.

Sport England's Small Grants Programme remains one of the best opportunities for clubs, groups, local authorities, schools and other not for profit organisations to access funding to help more people play sport.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for revenue costs (venue hire, coaching costs, coach education costs, promotion etc) and moveable equipment.

Activities must meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • More people playing sport once a week
  • An increase in the number of 14-25s playing sport once a week
  • A reduction in drop off at ages 16, 18, 21 & 24
  • Growth in the number of disabled people playing sport

A wide range of sports have successfully applied for funding through this programme. Some recent successes in Derbyshire include:

  • Toddbrook Sailing Club's project to purchase boats to enable new women's sailing courses and activities (£10K)
  • Derbyshire Athletics' project to purchase photo finish equipment to retain and recruit athletes (£10K)
  • Derwent Rowing Club's junior quad development project (£10K)
  • Tintwistle Athletic FC's project to purchase moveable goal posts to increase participation (£4,328)
  • Darley Dale Cricket Club's project to purchase a mobile cricket practice cage (£1,374)
  • Amber Valley Borough Council's project to develop doorstep sports sessions (£9,400)
  • Friesland School's project to develop a sports programme (£6,985)
  • Derbyshire Sport Trust's project to increase participation in sport through a comprehensive coaching programme for women (£9,900)

If you are considering applying for a Sport England Small Grant, our top tip is that you complete their pre-application checklist as a first step. This should only take a couple of minutes, and will help you quickly identify whether this fund might be right for your project.

If you answered yes to their questions, it is likely that your organisation and project are eligible for funding. The next step is to read the rest of their guidance before applying.

If you need some hints and tips to help you complete the form, click here to access our suggestions on how to write a good bid. Our hints and tips include templates with suggestions for the key project description sections.

If your project is located within Derbyshire, then contact Edwina Archer edwina.archer@derbyshire.gov.uk if you would like someone to provide feedback on your draft application before you submit it to Sport England.

Alternatively, if you think you haven't the time or capacity to apply, you could consider our Bid Writing Service. This is open to organisations across Derbyshire, the East Midlands and the rest of England. Click here to find out more.

To go to Sport England's website click here.

Information accurate as at 20th July 2016.