Sport Northern Ireland

Project Re-Boot: Activate

Get up to £5,000 to help your sport Build Back Better

We’re encouraging the sports sector who play an important role in keeping their community active to get involved.

Crowdfunder and Sport Northern Ireland have teamed up to make £650,000 of match funding available to support the sports sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis and help sport in Northern Ireland Build Back Better!

If your sports club or community organisation has been adversely affected by the pandemic, and has a small to medium sports project that will help you Build Back Better, then follow the link below to start setting up a crowdfunding campaign and apply for up to £5,000 match funding today.

If you have already started a crowdfunding campaign you can apply for the match funding via your Crowdfunder dashboard.

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About this fund

Active Sport Northern Ireland Project Re-Boot: Activate
Sport Northern Ireland Project Re-Boot: Activate
Get up to £5,000

Get up to £5,000 to help your sport Build Back Better. We’re encouraging the sports sector who play an important role in keeping their community active to get involved.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.


This investment aims to support projects and initiatives that are creative and innovative and will engage or re-engage people back into sport, specifically those who have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. Applications should focus particularly on people from at least one of the following priority groups:

  • Women & girls;
  • People with disabilities;
  • People with long term limiting illness;
  • Children & young people – especially those aged between 11-18 years;
  • Older people aged over 50;
  • Ethnically diverse communities;
  • People on a low income;
  • Families;
  • People living in areas of greatest need.

Our match investment, of up to £5,000, aims to help the sports sector on the road to recovery.

To be eligible to apply you must be one of the following organisations:

  • A constituted sports club affiliated to a governing body of sport recognised by Sport NI.
  • A community/voluntary organisation sector organisation that delivers or enables sport as your primary activity.
  • A charitable trust that delivers or enables sport as your primary activity.

Sports and activities must be recognised by Sport NI.

Pledge Criteria

If your application is approved, you’ll get match funding of up to 50% towards your initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £5,000. This offer will be valid for 4 weeks after the date of notification, if you do not launch your crowdfunding campaign within 4 weeks of notification the offer will be rescinded.

To receive a pledge, you will need to do two things (the ‘fund conditions’):

1) Raise at least 25% of your initial target,

2) Raise this from a minimum of 25 unique supporters.

Following receipt of a pledge you will also need to reach 100% of your initial funding target to receive the funds from Sport Northern Ireland. If the project fails to reach 100% of the target the Sport Northern Ireland pledge will be cancelled.

Note – Sport Northern Ireland reserves the right to vary these pledge criteria; projects will be notified if their pledge criteria will vary from the stated terms above.

Before completing your application please read the Project Re-Boot: Activate Eligibility and Pledge Criteria

Funded projects will be required to agree to the Project Re-Boot: Activate Conditions of Grant.

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Find out about crowdfunding

How +Extra funding works

start crowdfunding

Start a project

Start a new project on Crowdfunder, tell us the basics and a rough outline of your story. Then we can show you funds that you may be eligible for.

Get the word out

Apply for funding

You can then choose to make an application for a relevant fund. If a partner likes your project, they may agree to support it.

Get funded

Start crowdfunding

Start raising money from the crowd and once you reach an agreed percentage of your target, one of our partners could boost your total with a large donation.

We're with you every step of the way

Crowdfunding courses

Crowdfunding for sports: Online course

Take part in our crowdfunding course designed specifically for sports ideas and ventures starting out looking to raise funds.

Interactive sessions

Join us for an interactive session

Our team regularly host live and interactive sessions to share all the tips and know-how you need to be successful on Crowdfunder.

Crowdfunding guide

Download our quick crowdfunding guide

If applying to match funding from Sport Northern Ireland, this free PDF guide can give you all the information and inspiration you need to get started.

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