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Sport England's Improvement Fund - Round 5

Sport England Improvement Fund

The Improvement Fund is Sport England's £54 million programme that funds medium-sized projects which will improve the quality and experience of sport.

This is being distributed via five funding rounds with the first four rounds having benefited 130 projects.

It is part of Sport England's strategy which is focused on helping more people acquire lifelong sporting habits.

The Improvement Fund will award capital grants worth £150,000 to £500,000 into sustainable projects with a clear local need.

It bridges the gap between their Strategic Facilities fund which invests in large-scale, multi-sport facilities and our Inspired Fund, which supports small-scale community projects.

Sport England

Round 5
The Budget for Round 5 is £10m and the priority will be swimming projects that deliver an improved customer experience and increase participation. Sport England will consider other types of facility improvement projects that fall outside of the priority but can best meet the criteria of the fund.

To ensure the Improvement Fund can support as many projects as possible, they will require a minimum of 25% cash partnership funding towards the total project costs. This can come from either the applicant body and/or third parties.

The Improvement Fund is not an open application programme. Sport England will work with selected partners to develop projects before soliciting grant applications which will then be presented to the Sport England Project Committee for consideration.

Please click here for further information on Sport England's Improvement Fund

If you wish to speak with a member of the Cornwall Sports Partnership about your funding needs please contact:
Natasha Howard
nhoward@cornwall.gov.uk / 01872 323344