Funds for sports improvement
Over the next five years, Sport England's Improvement Fund will invest £45m of National Lottery funding into medium-sized projects that will improve the quality and experience of sport.
This will be distributed via five funding rounds with £3m available this year (2012/2013), £9m in 2013/2014 and £11m per year in 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017.
It is part of Sport England's new strategy which is focused on helping more people acquire lifelong sporting habits.
The Improvement Fund will award grants worth £150,000 to £500,000 into sustainable projects with a clear local need.
It bridges the gap between the Iconic Facilities fund, which invests in large-scale, multi-sport facilities, and the Inspired Fund, which supports small-scale community clubs.
In its first round they are focusing on projects that will improve:
- Artificial grass pitches (AGPs)
- Swimming pool changing rooms.
Not only are these improvements relatively quick and straightforward to carry out, our research shows they can also make a big impact on encouraging more people to play - and keep playing -popular sports such as football and swimming.
Expressions of Interest to the first round of the fund are being invited from appropriate partners. Sport England will work with these partners to develop the project before soliciting grant applications which will be presented to the Sport England Project Committee for consideration.