Somerset clubs urged to bid for Sport England funding
Local clubs and organisations have the chance to share part of a new £40million fund to help get more people playing sport.
The scheme is part of Sport England’s efforts to deliver a lasting sporting legacy from London 2012 and groups have until February 4 to bid for the first round of funding.
There will then be four more opportunities to receive the National Lottery funding, which is being invested through the Community Sport Activation Fund.
Sport England chief executive Jennie Price says that they are particular interested in “innovative” ideas that ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy sport.
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“We want to hear from sports groups across the country that have innovative ideas to get more people involved in sport,” she said.
“This fund will help us to build on the momentum of last year’s Games, by showing that sport has something for everyone, wherever you live and whatever interests you.”
Minister for sport and tourism Hugh Robertson gave his backing to the scheme and urged clubs to get involved.
“This £40 million fund will help further strengthen the sports legacy from London 2012,” he said.
“I encourage clubs, councils and sports groups across the country to put bids in and help increase the sporting opportunities for people in their local areas.
“We have already seen more people participating in sport since the Games and we want grassroots sport to continue to grow.”
Sport England will invest around £12.5 million in the first two rounds of the Community Sport Activation Fund, with more funding available in 2014 and 2015.
First-round funding will support a small number of strong projects that can be up and running by the start of June.
Community groups, charities and councils are among those that can bid for funding for up to three years, with grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 on offer for a wide range of projects, from family-friendly activities to multi-sport sessions.
To succeed in their funding bid, projects are expected to focus on a defined area, form strong local partnerships, find other funding sources and, based on an understanding of what local people want from sport, propose ambitious but realistic plans to get more people involved.
For more information, visit www.sportengland.org/funding.