Sport England’s Small Grants Programme has returned with an expanded offer. The government body can now give 50% larger awards to help communities get active after the maximum grant amount was increased to £15,000 for 2023.
The Small Grants Programme was effectively put on hold for a year in 2022 and replaced with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund, which was designed to bring communities together through activity.
The programme has now returned and the award limit has been upped from £10,000 to £15,000 in order to provide sport and physical activities for people who may be less physically active.
“We believe that communities that work together and share resources provide a stronger and more sustainable impact,” a statement from the body read.
The programme will also prioritise projects that focus on environmental sustainability, can demonstrate how they connect with their communities, provide the biggest possible impact to those who need it most and are working with people living in areas of disadvantage.
Applications can be made for awards of between £300 and £15,000, with multiple applications permitted but organisations can only have awards totalling £15,000 or less in any 12-month period.
Only not-for-profit organisations are eligible for the programme and applications should explain the need for the project as well as how end users have been involved in its development.
In addition, submissions should consider how the project adds value to services currently available in their community, and show how the organisation will collaborate with other groups to maximise the project’s impact.
The closing date for applications to the programme is 30 June.