Active Nation funding scheme - 5 things you need to know

Active Nation funding scheme will be open for submissions from the 30th of January and Sport England has set out some new exciting developments for its Community Asset Fund: the process for applying for a grant will be simpler, quicker, and you can now apply all year long without having to meet strict deadlines like in the past.
The Government and Sport England have communicated clearly on their strategy and we strongly recommend that you read their reports and guides to know the full extent of the programme. If you want to understand what the scheme is all about at a glance, check out our handy summary below with all the essential information.
Our team of play specialists can also help you find the right solution for your space and community.


1- What are the key objectives of Active Nation funding scheme?

Active Nation funding core principles
  • Harnessing the wider benefits of sport to build stronger, happier communities
  • Targeting people who are not physically active, especially those from underrepresented groups
  • Putting the customers at the heart of every initiative and tailor solutions to their needs
  • Encouraging collaboration between different stakeholders (private/public sector, national/local organisations, health and leisure professionals)
  • Creating welcoming and accessible spaces and facilities where a variety of sports can be practised

2- What are the key positive outcomes your scheme needs to deliver?

Active Nation funding positive outcomes
  • Physical wellbeing: physical literacy, improved health, etc.
  • Mental wellbeing: regular physical activity contributes to happiness
  • Individual development: increased self-confidence and sense of worth
  • Social and community development: sport strengthens social fabrics and fosters a sense of pride and belonging
  • Economic development: the sports industry adds an estimated £39bn to the UK’s GDP every year

3- Which users will be the priority?

Active Nation funding core principles
  • Children and young people
  • Women and girls
  • Disabled people
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • Senior citizens

4- How much funding can you get?

Active Nation funding pots
  • Small projects: from £1,000 to £15,000
  • Medium-sized projects: From £15,000 to £50,000
  • Large projects (on an exceptional basis): £50,000 to £150,000

5- What are the key success factors for your application?

Successful Active Nation application
  • Demonstrate strong connections with the local community, especially with people who are less active for a number of reasons (disability, social and cultural barriers, etc)
  • Aim to develop an underused space or improve an existing one
  • Show active fundraising strategy with reliance on various funding streams


What to do next?

5 Key Facts about Active Nation Community Asset Fund Guide Sport England's guide to community Asset Fund- Developing your idea

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