Funding news

11.11.15 - Inspired Facilities fund to pause in January 2015

The Inspired Facilities fund will pause after 11 January 2016 while Sport England develop a new strategy to support grassroots sport for 2016-20121.

The Inspired Facilities fund has made it possible for almost 2000 sports clubs to make major improvements to their facilities, some of which were decades old and risked driving members away if not modernised.

Each project has significantly improved the sporting experience offered to people who play sport. We're very proud of the diverse range of projects Sport England have supported with National Lottery funding, and the impact that has hadon people's lives.

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

Earlier this year they 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.

Please note that applications for round nine of the Inspired Facilities fund must be received by 5pm on Monday 11 January 2016.