Sport England’s approach to Small Grants has changed

Sport England has relaxing a few rules about what they can’t fund, and are trying to make it as simple as possible to apply to their Small Grants programme.

The focus of your application should be what difference your project will make, not what you purchase to make it happen.

They also want to know how many new participants will be involved.

One of the main differences made to this fund, is that it will no longer matter if your project takes more than 12 months to deliver and you can spread your funding over three years, if required. They are also happy to contribute funding to bigger projects.

You can request grants up to £10K for revenue related expenditure and new / additional movable equipment. Sport England may make slightly larger awards in exception circumstance only.

Sport England will also be doing more to support organisations which are able to support inactive people become active

Get Ready for the New Data Protection Laws

Help your sports club get ready for the new General Data Protection Regulations with this handy toolkit produced by Sport England.

A free toolkit to help sports clubs and organisations become compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) has been made available to downloadOpen in a new window.

The documents, produced by the Sports and Recreation Alliance and funded through an £85,000 grant from us, explain the new laws regarding the collection and processing of personal information.

GDPR, which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, comes into effect on 25 May and all sports organisations will need to be compliant – irrespective of their size.

The Sports and Recreation Alliance toolkit, which will be released in three stages before the deadline, is a series of templates specifically tailored for grassroots clubs to help them achieve compliance.

There is also a series of handy guidance notes and advice summaries to help clubs use them correctly and adapt them to their own situation.

The GDPR toolkit includes:

  • Data privacy notices
  • A consent form for direct marketing
  • A GDPR compliance questionnaire to help clubs create a checklist of things to consider.

To access the documents in the toolkit, click here

Money For Nothing

It may be hard to believe, but the summer holidays are nearly here. So when fundraising for your club or group is as easy as collecting free donations as you shop online, it’s a great time of year to be signed up to easyfundraising!

Go on! Get your parents, club members, volunteers and friends involved and raise £100s!

Premier League & FA Facilities Fund (England) New Deadline

Winstanley Warriors FC’s new sports hub in Wigan was recently opened thanks to a grant of £418,714 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.

Delivered by the Football Foundation, the Fund provides grants for the building or refurbishment of grassroots facilities, such as changing pavilions, clubhouses, multi-use games areas and playing surfaces. The aim is to improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities to sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, especially in areas of high deprivation.

The minimum grant available from the Foundation for each facilities project is £10,000 and the maximum £500,000. The funding is available to Football clubs, professional clubs’ community trusts, multi-sport clubs, local authorities, all educational establishments, registered charitable organisations, not for profit companies limited by guarantee, industrial and provident societies and unincorporated not for profit organisations.

The next deadline for full applications is Friday 19 January 2018.

Funding Profile of the Month

Sport England Community Asset Fund

With the Community Asset Fund, Sport England are looking to improve and protect existing sports facilities that support the needs of the local community.  Sport England are also keen to reach organisations who haven’t accessed their funding before and invest in new and different places that meet the needs of the local community. An important aim of this fund is to make financially sustainable venues that won’t always be reliant on grant funding.

Size of Grant?

Funding for projects ranges from £1000 to £150,000

Small scale grants (£1000-£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 grants (£15,000-£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.

What is funding avaliable for?

Sport England want to hear from lots of organisations including those who are:

  • Looking to take over an underused facility or one under threat from closure
  • Wanting to expand or improve the sporting experience you offer your customers
  • Responding to an emergency or unexpected event that is stopping people being active i.e. flood damage
  • You have a great idea for a project using a building or open space that is clearly needed in the local community.

Who can apply?

  • Sport England want to work with sports clubs and community groups that really respond to the people in their local community.
  • There are no deadlines for this fund. The initial application is quick and simple. You will not be asked to provide supporting information until Sport England have made an in-principle decision after your initial application has been assessed.

Sport England ‘Community Asset Fund’

You may already be aware that Sport England ‘Inspired Facilities’ fund, which ended last year has been replaced by Sport England ‘Community Asset Fund’, which will be taking applications from the end of this month.

If you have a project that fits the eligibility criteria, we are here to help you. Project sizes vary from £5,000-£150,000 but will receive lots of interest, and clubs will need to recognise that only water tight applications will have a chance of being successful

We support clubs with successful applications to various funding bodies.

Read more on the link below, and we look forward to hearing from you –

Sport England New Funding Dates

Sport England Funding Update

Here are Sport England’s new investment funds and the key dates you need to know


What: In December 2016, SE will announce full details of a £3 million volunteering fund to diversify the range of people who volunteer.

When: The fund will open in the New Year with awards being made in the spring.


Local delivery

What: In December 2016, invite expressions of interest to become one of 10 places that will receive funding to develop and implement local strategies for physical activity and sport.

When: SE will hold a number of working sessions in January and February 2017 to help interested partners develop their ideas, with the first three or four pilots identified by March.

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Tackling inactivity

What: An investment guide on inactivity will be published in December 2016.

The first phase of the Inactivity Fund will open in December, which will focus on projects that help older adults (55+) to get active, with up to £10 million of National Lottery funding available.

When: Expressions of interest will be required by 13 February 2017, with the first set of awards planned for June 2017.


What: First phase of the new Community Asset Fund launched in December 2016, with £7.5 million available.

SE will also publish a wider facilities investment guide.

When: January 2017.

Supporting sport’s core market – major events

What: SE will launch a £2 million fund to help engage a much broader range of people in and around major sporting events.

When: December 2016.

4Grants are here to help your club obtain funding, we can:

Advising you on sports, play and physical activity funding

Supporting your club to write successful funding bids

Supporting groups to write Business Plan, Sports Development Plans

Sports Clubs, Schools, Charities, Community Groups – 4Grants are here to help.

We know from conversations with organisations that pressure on volunteers or reduced staffing has reduced capacity to invest in finding new sources of funding.


You know what you need to do and what you want to do but you just don’t have enough time and volunteers to do it.

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With no upfront costs you only pay if we are successful in obtaining the funding. Simply contact us today for further information.

Cricket Club Get’s Transformed

A cricket club based in the North east of the country approached us to help with funding for a number of projects. They had previously applied for funding for their ground but been rejected on a number of occasions. The community the club provides for is deprived with a high percentage of children living in poverty, children living in families that receive workless benefits and also a high percentage of adults having poor health (obesity, heart disease etc). 

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With their facilities becoming very run down and instances of anti social behaviour the club approached 4Grants to help. We are thrilled to have helped the club, we have secured funding for new fencing around the ground as well as a state of the art practice facility. It didn’t stop there, we have also secured funding to make improvements to there pavilion, that project starts very soon!