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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

Volunteering

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.

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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.

Facilities

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

4Grants Top Grant Funding Tips

4Grants have produced this quick guide to help with grant applications.

The dos

  • READ the guidelines. If you don’t meet a funder’s eligibility criteria, don’t waste your time applying.
  • Do learn as much as you can about a funder before applying and tailor your application to fit. Generic “cut and paste” appeals for support are unlikely to impress.
  • Do remember that there may be restrictions on how funds can be spent. Ensure that you’re clear about all the terms and conditions to which a grant might be subject.
  • Do seek help if you need it. Most funding bodies will be happy to provide assistance if you’re unclear about an aspect of the application process, and many provide detailed guidance on how to apply on their websites or in other literature.
  • Do get someone unconnected with your organisation to read your application. If they can’t understand the case you’re making, you’ll need to think again.
  • Do keep a copy of your application and supporting materials. Not only is this essential if there’s a query or problem with your bid, it will save time when it comes to making your next application.
  • Do keep a file of “supporting evidence”: press cuttings, background research, comments from service users and so on. All can play a vital part in making your case.
  • Do learn from unsuccessful applications. Not all funding bodies will be able to provide feedback, it’s always worth asking.

The don’ts

  • Don’t send masses of documentation. You don’t want your case to be obscured by irrelevant material.
  • Don’t be greedy. While it may be tempting to ask for the largest permissible sum, it’s rarely advisable.
  • Funders may be wary if you ask for the maximum amount without showing how you arrived at that figure and precisely why it’s needed.
  • Don’t forget that processing an application takes time. If your project is time-sensitive, be realistic about how soon any funding might arrive.
  • Don’t play the numbers. Better a few very well targeted applications than blanket appeals.

4Grants – We are always here to provide all the support and help that your organisation requires.