Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund Second Round has now opened

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Round 2 is open from 1st February 2012 to 2nd April 2012.  The 3rd round will open 23rd July to 17th September 2012 and 2 further rounds will take place in 2013/14


As a reminder this funding is ideal for clubs / other organisations which want to refurbish or upgrade their facilities; or convert an existing building into a venue suitable for sport and accessible to the whole community.  Sport England will invest in most types of improvement or refurbishment work that will help clubs / organisations develop sport in their local area.  To qualify for a grant Sport England wants to see how the project will:
keep and, ideally, attract more people to sport: 
demonstrate that it is needed and wanted by the local community 
explain how it will cover its running costs and remain open for sporting use for years to come 
Sport England has pulled together a catalogue of typical facility developments and improvements that clubs etc might want to move forward.  The improvements are grouped into five main areas:
•    Building modernisation
•    Outdoor sports lighting
•    Outdoor sports surfaces and AdiZones
•    Modular buildings 
•    Sports equipment – as part of a facility development / improvement
Community and voluntary organisations and parish and town councils can apply for grants worth between £20,000 and £50,000.  At least 70% of the funding available is set aside for these groups.
Local authorities, statutory organisations, and education establishments can apply for grants between £20,000 and £150,000.  Sport England detail that £150,000 grants will be exceptional. 
Sport England would prefer community and voluntary organisations and parish and town councils to have partnership funding, however they will not rule out applications if they do not have any.  Local authorities, schools or educational establishments, and other statutory bodies should provide pound-for-pound partnership funding.
Further help / advice is available from Sport England’s funding helpline (08458 508508) and their website provides lots of useful information.
Good luck with any bids.


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