Sport England : Small Grants

Awards of £300-£15,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations. 

Multiple applications can be submitted, but organisations can only have awards of up to £15,000 in any 12-month period. 

Awards are to help inactive and less active people become more active. 

Our priority is to support projects working with people living in areas of disadvantage as defined by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation areas 1 to 3. 

Applications should explain why there’s a need for the project and how end users have been involved in developing the project. 

Applications should consider how the project adds value to services currently available in your local community, and work collaboratively with other groups to maximise the impact of the project. 

Who and what we’ll fund 

Who can apply 

We welcome applications from a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, provided your organisation has a minimum of three unrelated/non-cohabiting trustees or directors. 

 Who can’t apply 

While the focus is on what will be achieved, there are some organisation types that aren’t eligible for this fund. 

What we can fund 

Provided your project meets the programme aims, we can fund a wide range of costs and items. 

However, your application should state how your project adds value to existing services or provision – we won’t fund costs that are already being incurred. 

What we won’t fund 

Unfortunately, we can’t fund everything and this fund won’t cover: 

Funding priorities 

We always get more applications than we’re able to fund and therefore need to set priorities. 

As noted above, we particularly want to support projects working with people located in areas of high deprivation (specifically people living in areas defined by Indices of Multiple Deprivation 1-3). To see which area your project location fits into, you can use this postcode checker. 

We recognise there’ll be many people who have lower levels of sport and physical activity outside those geographic areas. 

We’ve always tried to address inequalities through our funding and this programme is focused on tackling inequalities so all applications should explain how they do this. 

Projects that are built from local experience and feedback from those who will participate; that bring together various groups and communities; and also make the most of local facilities and equipment will be more likely to be funded. 

It’s important your project can continue to run, or have a lasting legacy as a result of the funding. 

You can use our Local Area Insights tool to help strengthen your application and help demonstrate the need for your project in your area. 


Preparing your application 

Remember that we know nothing about your project and so it’s important you take your time to explain the essentials. 

Who will benefit? 

Why the project is needed. 

How you’ll deliver those benefits. 

About your project 

The best applications explain the problem they are trying to solve. 

Think about the people you’re going to work with and be clear how you know why they need this project. 

 We particularly encourage applications that have been developed by the communities they’ll support, as this helps show there’s a need for the activity. 

You should also think about other services that may currently be offered by other organisations in your area and explain how your project adds value to them. 

 Consider the potential impact or outcomes it’ll have on participants, but be realistic with your targets and ambitions. 


Tell us the resources you need to deliver the activity and how you’ll ensure your project is a success. 

Make it clear how many people will benefit, how many sessions they’ll attend and how you’ll reach that target. 

Be clear about whether your project is supporting existing or new participants. 

Think about any other organisations you’ll work with to help maximise the benefit of the project and how you’ll achieve a legacy with the project. 


A breakdown of what any potential funding will be spent on. 

Consider whether your budget is offering the best value for money and includes all the costs you need to deliver the activity, even if you don’t require all the money from us. 

Supporting documents 

To make our process simpler, we don’t require you to provide any supporting documents at the time of application. 

However, we’ll need to undertake some checks on your organisation so may request documents such as accounts or governing documents from you if we’re looking to support your project. 

If you have project plans, budget, letters of support or videos that show the impact of your work then feel free to upload them or provide links to them when you submit your application. 

 Should you be successful in securing grant funding, you’ll be required to provide evidence of a bank account set up in the name of your organisation. 

 Register your organisation 

If you’ve not applied before, you’ll need to register your organisation before you can start an application – you can do this here.