Changes to Inspired Facilities Fund

Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund offers grants of £20,000 to £75,000 to make improvements to sport facilities that will successfully encourage people to play or keep playing sport. Voluntary and community groups, parish and town councils can apply.

The funder has announced that this fund will pause in January 2016:

"We are currently developing our new strategy to support grassroots sport for 2016-2021. As such, we have decided to pause the Inspired Facilities fund on Monday 11 January 2016, so that we can make sure any future facilities funding is fully integrated into, and supports, our new strategy and priorities."

Advice from the funder

Earlier this year we made some important changes to the applications process and rules. Please note the following changes:

  • Applicants may only resubmit a previously unsuccessful application once. This includes applications that were unsuccessful in earlier rounds. Any applications submitted after a second unsuccessful attempt will not be assessed.
  • With the exception of Local Authorities, all other organisations can only receive one award under the Inspired Facilities programme. Any applications received from previously successful applicants will not be assessed, however, you can apply to other Sport England funding programmes.
  • Applications from London based projects will be considered a priority under the revised programme due to a historically low number of successful applications from this region. London projects must still meet the eligibility criteria and will only be prioritised above another project if they achieve an assessment score that is equal to the successful score from that round.

Find out more about how to apply. 

The deadline for applications is 11 January 2016 (5pm).