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Small Grants Available to Support Physical Activity and Sport in Deprived Areas

Updated: May 30, 2023


Sport England are currently offering small grants to support projects working with people located in areas of high deprivation, and to help address inequalities related to access to sport and physical activity in these areas.


Funding through the National Lottery of between £300 and £15,000 is on offer to non-profit organisations to support communities, share resources, and improve sustainability. The projects funded will aim to improve the physical activity levels of inactive or less active people in these communities.

A few examples of what the projects could include are...

  • Coaching

  • Volunteer training

  • Additional equipment needs

  • Alterations to minor facilities

Flood relief funding is also available to fund emergency costs related to the restoration of sports facilities, and other minor works such as minor electrical work or skip hire.


Whilst BaNES is one of the least deprived authorities in England, there can be great differences in deprivation across the area, and multiple localities could benefit considerably from funding designed for those in deprived areas.


Areas that could meet the criteria for funding in BaNES include Twerton & Whiteway, Southdown, Keynsham Southwest, Peasedown St John and parts of Radstock and Midsomer Norton (as ranked by UK Gov's Index of Multiple Deprivation).


Applications are open to non-profit organisations until 30 June 2023.

Multiple applications can be made.


Click here to find out more about the Small Grants Programme, and view previous projects they've funded.


If you're not sure whether your project is eligible for funding, please get in touch beforehand by calling 03458 508 508, or emailing funding@sportengland.org.


You can find out more about the English indices of deprivation here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-indices-of-deprivation-2019

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