Funding for Children and Young People – Sports England
As of the 8th March, schools within England welcomed pupils back into the classroom. 2020 was a very challenging year for all and in particular for children and young people. According to Young Minds, it is estimated one in eight children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition which roughly equates to three children in every classroom*. When looking at these statistics, the impact of coronavirus on school age children becomes clearer.
Exercise has been proven to release endorphins and increase concentration levels which can in turn improve mental health. In light of this, Sport England have secured a further £10.1 million of government funding to allow schools to open their facilities for physical activities outside of normal school operating hours. This multitude of funding will enable eligible schools and organisations to invest in sports and outdoor fitness equipment so that children and young people can improve their overall wellbeing.
To find out more about the £10.1 million that Sport England have secured for sport and physical activity, click here
With thanks to The Education Company, below is a list of available funding options within the UK:
Awards for All Scotland, All England, All Northern Ireland, All Wales
◾️Grants of £300 to £10,000 are available for eligible organisations and projects.
◾️Applications can be made at any time – there are no deadlines.
Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund
◾️Focusing on provision, the fund aims to help grassroots organisations refurbish or build facilities.
◾️Grants are available between £10,000 and £500,000.
◾️Football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations are all eligible to apply.
◾️There are no deadlines for applications.
Sport Scotland – Sports Facilities Fund
◾️Helping projects which give opportunities for people to get involved in sport, the fund supports capital projects which create or improve facilities.
◾️Two funding pots available – small projects £25,000 to £250,000 and large projects £250,000+.
◾️There’s a huge range of eligible organisations and projects.
◾️There are deadlines each year.
Sport England Small Grants
◾️A pot to help not-for-profit organisations get people active.
◾️Grants between £300 and £10,000 available.
◾️No specific deadlines.
Sport England Community Asset Fund
◾️A capital fund aimed at improving local community spaces to help people become more active
which is funded by the National Lottery and can be accessed by not-for-profit organisations.
◾️Grants between £1,000 to £150,000 (up to 50% of the total project cost for educational establishments).
◾️No specific deadlines.
London Marathon Charitable Trust
◾️Grants available from £5,000 to £150,000.
◾️Supports projects which gets adults and children active for life.
◾️No deadlines for applications.
◾️Supporting projects that help children and young people develop confidence, team working skills, and employability skills.
◾️Schools, not-for-profit organisations and community groups can apply for a grant for educational, artistic, cultural and sporting projects.
◾️Many grants awarded are under £2,000, although some grants are worth up to £5,000 and more.
◾️No deadlines for applications
PE and Sport Premium
◾️Designed to help children get an active start in life by supporting primary schools to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision.
◾️Allocations to schools are determined by a formula based on pupil numbers, schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £1,000 per pupil. Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £16,000 and an additional payment of £10 per pupil. The average one form entry primary school will receive roughly £18,000 per year.
◾️Funding currently stands at £320 million for the 2020/21 academic year.
◾️The funding is a ring-fenced grant for English primary schools to provide additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, sport and physical activity.
◾️As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the DfE took steps to relax the ring-fencing arrangements for the PE and sport premium in the 2019/20 academic year to allow any unspent grants to be carried forward into the 2020/21 academic year which need to be spent in full by 31 March 2021.