Round 8 of Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Scheme – Deadline 9th November

The Protecting Playing Fields scheme, part of Sport England’s Places People Play programme, has opened for Round 8.

With £33 million of National Lottery funding, the Protecting Playing Fields programme is part of Sport England’s strategy to help more people acquire lifelong sporting habits.

Voluntary and community sector organisations, local authority organisations and educational establishments can apply now for funding to either create new natural turf pitches or improve existing ones that need levelling or drainage works.

Applicants from the voluntary, community and education sector can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £65,000.

Local authorities can apply for grants of up to £100,000. Educational establishments will be asked to provide 30% partnership funding towards project costs, and local authorities will be required to provide match funding on a pound for pound basis.

Sport England recognises that some community and voluntary sector clubs and town/parish councils may not be able to secure partnership funding, and in these cases will not rule out applications.

However, applicants from these groups should demonstrate the efforts they have made to secure some match funding either in cash or in kind.

For this round, priority will be given to projects that:

  • Have not previously received an individual Sport England Lottery grant worth over £10,000.
  • Involve playing field sites where there is a known and established threat to the land.
  • Form part of an asset transfer of the playing field from the public sector to the community and voluntary sector.
  • Are multi-sport (two or more sports pitches such as a winter and summer sport) or have multiple pitches for the same sport.
  • Are located in Greater London.

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