Article published on 22 March 2017
A guide to the new Sport England Towards an Active Nation strategy and funding.
4 areas that can be directly linked back to play and sports facilities:
- Priorities: the elderly, disabled people, women and girls, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds
- Funding: Dedicated £120 million over the next 4 years
- Additional: Work with Public Health to ensure CMO (Chief Medical Officer’s) recommended daily activity guidelines are being met
Families Fund (Now superseded the Active Ageing)
- Priorities: Increasing physical & social activity amongst families with children aged between 5 – 15 years
- Funding: £10 million National Lottery funding. The anticipated size of bids: £50,000 to £500,000
- Additional: Underpinning our investment is the need to ensure experiences are fun, enjoyable and/or deliver value to children and their wider family.
Children and young people
- Priorities: Focus on pre and post-school activities that lay the foundations for being active all through their lives
- Funding: Invest in projects which offer new opportunities for families with children to get active and play sport together
- Additional: Sport England will measure the engagement of children between 5-14 years, outside school through questioning parents in the Active Lives survey
Facilities (Community Asset Fund)
- Priorities: Creating sustainable and robust facilities that serve communities for years to come, designed to enhance local spaces for physical activity and active lifestyles and that can evidence positive outcomes from the investment.
- Funding: Invest £15 million each year over the next 4 years, offering grants of up to £150,000
- Additional: Sport England is looking to attract innovative community projects that use sport and physical activity as a force for social good and positively encourage non-traditional sports and sports facilities as well as community organisations and sports clubs, including schools and local authorities (ring-fenced budgets apply).
Next Steps and Additional Resources
For more information on any of the funding mentioned above please review the full Sport England funding guidelines here.
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