Sport England Funding for Volunteering Through Sport

Sport England has launched two new one-off funds to support projects that get more people engaged in all types of volunteering and social action opportunities through sport and physical activity.

Sport England is inviting applications from a wide and diverse range of both sports organisations and non-sports organisations including charities, community interest companies (CICs), local authorities, universities and companies limited by guarantee.

Organisations can apply to the following:

  • The Opportunity Fund aims to get people aged 20 years and older from economically disadvantaged communities to volunteer. The funding is for projects that benefit people facing disadvantage as a result of the community they live in – and that allow them to make a positive contribution to those communities. Projects could range from inner-city areas with high levels of crime and social exclusion to remote rural areas with few services.
  • The Potentials Fund aims to create more opportunities that get people helping others from an early age. Projects should target children and young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years (particularly those between the ages of 10 to 14 years) who are interested in doing something to benefit their community through social action. Sport England is ‘keen to test bold new approaches’ to get young people involved in social action that includes sport and physical activity, especially those who haven’t been involved in sport previously.

Both funds offer grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 which are available over three years.

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