Sport England’s new funding programmes will outline what it will do to increase the number of people getting active and achieve its vision of everyone in England, regardless of age, background or ability, feeling able to take part in sport or activity.

Between 2017 and 2021, Sport England says that it will invest £22.5 million through its range of new funding programmes which include:

  • Volunteering - In December 2016, Sport England is announcing the full details of a £3 million volunteering fund to diversify the range of people who volunteer. The fund will open in early 2017, and it is expected the first awards will be made in spring.
  • Local delivery - In December 2016, Sport England is inviting expressions of interest to become one of 10 places that will receive funding from Sport England to develop and implement local strategies for physical activity and sport. A number of working sessions will be held in January and February 2017 to help interested partners develop their ideas, with the first three or four pilots identified by March.
  • Tackling inactivity - In December 2016, Sport England is publishing an investment guide on inactivity. It is also opening the first phase of the Inactivity Fund, which will provide up to £10 million for projects that help older adults (55+) to get active. Expressions of interest will be due by 13 February 2017, with the first set of awards planned for June 2017.
  • Facilities - In December 2016, Sport England is launching the first phase of the new Community Asset Fund which will have £7.5 million available. It will also publish the wider facilities investment guide in January 2017.
  • Supporting sport's core market (major events) - In December, Sports England is launching a £2 million fund to help engage a much broader range of people in and around major sporting events.

Full details of the funding programmes will be provided as the information becomes available.