Sports projects: What can we fund?

The National Lottery Community Fund supports a wide range of activities including projects that develop people’s skills, promote community involvement and encourage healthier lifestyles. However our funding doesn’t cover projects where the main purpose is to promote or develop the arts, heritage or sport.

Having said that, we recognise that these types of projects are often a focal point within the community and play an invaluable role in people’s lives so our Funding team has shared their tips for distinguishing the blurred line between fundable and non-fundable sports projects.

What we can fund:

We can fund projects if they use sport as a means to support community activity and meet the aims of our funding programmes. These could include projects that use sport to tackle inequality or integrate communities by bringing together people of different ages, projects that improve the ability of disabled people to take part in activities, or projects where for example, a sports club is also used as a community centre.

One recent example that highlights this is for Llangefni Social Enterprise who were awarded £347,795 to provide an Urban Sports park for the whole community in Llangefni, Anglesey. It includes a wheeled sports area, a basketball practice court, outdoor gym equipment, climbing/traversing wall and play equipment. The focus is on giving young people somewhere that brings them together through building somewhere that has been designed by the community. Watch our video to hear more from them about how the project came about.

Another fantastic example is for Street Football Wales who were awarded £394,643 to use football and sport to tackle homelessness and social exclusion. As well as getting people involved in improving their physical health through football, they will provide a women’s specific programme, training courses, advice surgeries, and more. Again the focus is not on playing sport itself but using it as a way to tackle a wider issue identified by the community.

What we can’t fund:

Even if the project meets the aims of our programmes, there are still a few things that we won’t fund:

  • Projects that’s focus is on the general promotion of sport or to achieve excellence within a particular field
  • Team kits or bibs
  • Start-up costs of sports teams and leagues

For projects such as these, Sports Wales’ Community Chest may be able to help with grants of up to £1,500 available for community groups, and the main aims are to increase participation and to improve standards in sport. More information can be found here or by calling Sports Wales on 0845 045 0904.

If you’re looking to apply to us for a sports-related project then you can get in touch with our Advice team on 0300 123 0735 for more information.

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