Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.
Traditional sports facilities where people spend time getting active are an important part of this, but it can be much wider too. It doesn’t have to be a traditional space – or a traditional sport.
Our Community Asset Fund is a programme dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active.
There are a number of things we want to achieve with this investment, but most importantly we want to help local organisations to create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities that benefittheir community for years to come – which may mean providing help to get things up and running too.
While we will continue to invest in projects that help people get into sport and increase the number who are regularly taking part, we’re also looking to invest in projects that look beyond this to how sport and physical activity can – and does – change lives and becomes a force for social good. As well as traditional sports facilities where people enjoy physical activity, there are thousands of outdoor spaces up and down the country – like canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces – all with great potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle.
Teaming up with Crowdfunder UK, we want to invest in some innovative and exciting community led groups that perhaps would not traditionally see Sport England as a source of funding or indeed consider sport to be their main area of work.
We’re keen to hear from any sports club or community organisation with a great idea that will make a difference to the places where people play sport and get active.
Sport England’s Community Asset Fund seeks to:
- Work with new and different organisations that can reach new and different audiences – particularly those groups and communities for whom inactivity is a key issue holding them back being moreactive.
- Develop new ideas that really respond to customer needs in their local communities.
- Reduce grant dependency across the sector.
- Create more resilient and sustainable places to be active.
Eligible Organisations will:
- Be located and working in England or be for the benefit of beneficiaries that reside in England.
For projects outside of England, please refer to:
- Seeking investment for internal or external building / modernisation works
- Involve the local community in the development and delivery of their project
- Raise funding from a minimum of 25 individuals
- Use the ‘All or nothing’ funding option
There are some things that we’re not able to fund, these primarily being:
- Projects which do not benefit people living in England
- Organisations without a trustee board/management committee (with 3 people minimum)
- Applications from individuals, or which are for the benefit of one individual
- Projects promoting religion
- Organisations seeking to distribute grants on our behalf
- For work that has already happened
- Vehicles, including minibuses
- Revenue-only projects (i.e. staff and travel costs, venue hire, non-fixed equipment)
- Routine maintenance and repairs resulting from wear and tear
- Children’s playgrounds and play equipment
- Projects intended for private gain
- Projects we’ve funded in the past
- Football-only projects
- Small-scale cricket projects
We are also unlikely to support applications:
- Where organisations are in serious financial deficit
- From large national charities which enjoy widespread support
Please read the full terms and conditions below for more information.
Sport England’s Data Protection Policy
As Sport England is a Public Body, and as such we must comply with the Data Protection Act 2018.
We are committed to protecting your privacy and will ensure any personal information is handled properly under the Data Protection Act.
We will use the information you give us here for:
- assessing applications
- evaluating the way our funding programmes work and the effect they have
- reporting statistics to Government
We may also give copies of this information to individuals and organisations such as:
- Accountants, auditors and external evaluators
- Other organisations or groups involved in delivering the project
- Other lottery distributors, government departments
- Other organisations and individuals with a legitimate interest in lottery applications and grants,
- Other organisations for the prevention and detection of fraud.
Sport England’s Freedom of Information Policy
As a Public Body we have to comply with The Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Act gives members of the public the right to request any information that we hold. This includes information received fromorganisations such as:
- grant applicants
- grant holders
- people making a complaint
Some information is exempt from The Act, such as personal details. If information is requested under the Freedom of Information Act we will release it. If you think that information you are providing may be exempt from release, you should let us know when you apply.
Sport England’s Counter Fraud Policy
Sport England takes its role in preventing and detecting fraud very seriously and we take a zero tolerance approach to those who seek to commit an act of fraud, theft, corruption or bribery against us.
We might use personal information provided by you in order to conduct appropriate identity checks. Personal information that you provide may be disclosed to a credit reference or fraud prevention agency, which may keep a record of that information.
It is the responsibility of the organisation applying to ensure all information contained in the application is accurate. If you provide false or inaccurate information in your application or at any point in the life of any funding we award you and fraud is identified, we will provide details to fraud prevention agencies to prevent fraud and money laundering. If you are a company this will include the names of the Company Directors at the time of the fraud. You must undertake to inform all Directors, Trustees and Committee members of this notice.
We investigate all allegations of fraud in accordance with our Counter Fraud Strategy which includes seeking both criminal and civil prosecutions. More information about our Counter Fraud Strategy can be found on our website.
Crowdfunding Towards and Active Nation Grant Conditions
Set out below are our general conditions:
Claiming your grant
1. Your grant must be taken up (i.e. started) within three months of the end of your crowdfunding campaign otherwise your grant offer expires. If there is a delay in the take up of your grant, please discuss this with us so that we can consider whether we can extend the timescale within which you may take up your grant.
2. Your building or modernisation project must begin within six months of the end of your crowdfunding campaign. If there is a delay in the start of your works, please discuss this with us.
3. Your grant must only be used for the specific purposes for which it was made, as set out on your Crowdfunder campaign page. It is restricted for these purposes only.
4. You will be required to submit a brief report on the outcomes of your project in the format provided either at the end of your building / modernisation works, or earlier if requested.
5. Photographs or a video must be provided of your building / refurbishment works, ideally to demonstrate the project before and after. Our photo and video guidance can be found here.
6. You may be asked to take part in a short interview about your experience of the fund, you may also be asked to complete a short questionnaire about your project and crowdfunding experience. You agree for your contact details to be passed on to us for this purpose and to supply any information requested in a timely manner.
Branding and Recognition
7. If your organisation issues a press release about the project or makes any additional announcements relating to the grant, please provide us with a copy.
8. We may wish to use your campaign details and our grant to form part of a case study that we will publish on our website to show good-practice and provide support to other organisations wishing to crowdfund as an alternative source of funding. We will discuss and agree the content with you.
9. You will follow Sport England’s branding guidelines if and when promoting your project. Full details, including access to our logo, brand toolkit and ordering of any signage can be found here.
10. Please inform us in writing of any major changes to your organisation, this may include impending mergers, financial difficulties, significant loss of funding, significant changes in staffing, and/or Charity Commission / Companies House matters.
11. If you change your address or contact details, please inform us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), providing details of your new address and contact details. We reserve the right to withdraw, reduce, vary or withhold the grant, in whole or in part in the event of: any failure to comply with the above and/or where the law is not being complied with.