Sport England’s Small Grants Programme

Sport England Grants available for not-for-profit organisations, who can apply for up to £15,000.

Closing Date for Applications: 31 March 2024

Please read the guidance below carefully before applying


Key Information

Sport England’s Small Grants Programme follows on from last year’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund.  The funding is available for not-for-profit organisations who can apply for up to £15,000.

The aim of the award is to enable inactive or less active people to become more active, with a particular focus on those working in disadvantaged areas (Indices of Multiple Deprivation 1 to 3).

Applications should demonstrate the need for their project and how the target audience has been involved in developing the activities.

Below is a brief outline of the Sport England criteria, for the full information, please visit the Sport England website.

Closing Date: 31 March 2024


Who can Apply

Eligible organisations:

  • a community amateur sports club (as registered with HMRC)
  • an unregistered voluntary and community organisation with a not-for-profit constitution
  • a registered charity
  • a not-for-profit company (limited by guarantee without share capital or charitable incorporated organisation)*
  • a community interest company (CIC) or other social enterprise*
  • community benefit society
  • a school (using their facilities for wider community benefit)
  • local authorities (including town, parish and community councils).

*please note, if you are a registered company (e.g. CIC or limited by guarentee) Sport England would expect at least three unrelated, non-cohabiting directors and no persons of significant control.

The following organisations are not eligible:

  • an individual, sole trader
  • organisation with less than three people or where decision making is not equitably shared (e.g. an incorporated body with Persons of Significant Control)
  • a national governing body or Active Partnership
  • a commercial/for-profit entity
  • based outside the UK
  • an organisation applying on behalf of another.


What can the grant pay for

There is scope to fund a wide range of costs and items via this fund;  this funding should be used for new activities or the expansion of existing provision.


  • Coaching – providing opportunities for inactive to be more active
  • Volunteer Training – to develop pool of volunteers (new and existing)
  • Service alteration – online classes
  • Additional equipment – expansion of activity or safer delivery
  • Minor facility alterations – becoming more accessible or energy efficient (for this you must have the relevant permissions or confirmation you don’t need permission from your local planning officer, building control officer and/or landlord)


What the grant can’t pay for

We can’t fund the following:

  • football only/football dominant projects
  • general running or existing costs (e.g. utility bills, staff)
  • existing activities
  • replacing equipment
  • costs incurred prior to the award letter
  • costs benefitting an individual
  • projects for under 5s

Please check the Sport England website for the full criteria.


Before you apply

It’s important to read all the criteria set out by Sport England before applying.  This information can be found on the Sport England website.

Consider the problem you are trying to solve with the funding (who, what, why and how?), be clear on what you’re delivering and provide a full budget breakdown including any in-kind costs.

Organisations are required to register before you apply.

Whilst this funding is directly through Sport England, if you are a group based in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire who have an idea about a project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your project.