Large grants

Finding the right funding to get your big ideas and projects off the ground can be tricky. We’ve compiled a handy list of organisations that provide grants of £10,000 and above for physical activity and sports projects and facilities.

Securing large grants can feel like hard work. We hope this page will make it easier to find the funding you need to achieve your goals. It’s also worth trying the Funding Central tool to identify the best funding streams for your projects.

Sport England Funding

Sport England provides large grant funding nationally, and has a series of Tackling Inactivity themed rounds. They’re aimed towards individuals, community groups and organisations within and outside of the sector.

Here are just a couple of Sport England’s available funds, but you can find information on more of their large funding streams here.

To explore how you could contribute to project costs by other means instead of or as well as applying for their grants, take a look at this handy page.


Sport England Great Ideas Fund

Tell Sport England your Great Idea, why you want to do it and who you're trying to help and they'll let you know whether they can support you.

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Sport England Major Event Volunteer Fund

This fund focuses on supporting volunteering and ensuring that those who give their time to support major events can continue to gain from the benefits we know volunteering can provide.

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Other national funds

Sport England isn’t the only possible funding source. Here are some other national sources of large grants.

BBC Children in Need

Open to registered charities or other not-for-profit organisations based in the UK that work with disadvantaged children and young people. Grants £10,000 and above for up to 3 years.

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Sporting Capital

Loans of £50,000 to £150,000 to to help sports organisations to support the development of revenue streams and become sustainable.

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Comic Relief & Sport Relief

Various investments available for organisations aiming to make lasting impacts related to the Relief's social change themes. Themes include gender equality, providing safe places and promoting mental health.

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Football Foundation

Invests in facilities and equipment to transform communities by supporting and growing grassroots football. Not a football fan? Check out the National Governing Body for your chosen sport for any funding opportunities.

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Funding for facilities and spaces

Having the right facilities and spaces for your community can unlock so many more active opportunities and be the key to bringing people together. Here are some large grants to support these sizeable projects.

Sport England Community Asset Fund

Sport England’s Community Asset Fund is dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community. Whether it’s outdoor or indoor space that inspires you to get active, check out how to apply.

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Suez Communities Trust

This fund supports projects or not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), for example maintaining public amenities, biodiversity and historical sites. Up to £50,000.

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Veolia Environmental Trust

Are you a not-for-profit organisation or local authority looking to create or improve buildings or outside spaces for the benefit of the community? Veolia supports community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. £10,200 and above.

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