What is Inspired Facilities?
Tired, worn out, old facilities make it harder for people to start or keep doing sport. They can also be more expensive to run and difficult to maintain.
The Inspired Facilities fund could help you refurbish or upgrade your sports facility; or convert an existing building into a venue suitable for sport and accessible to the whole community.
We will invest in most types of improvement or refurbishment work that will help you develop sport in your local area, but you will need to:
- Show how your 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
The Inspired Facilities catalogue
We have tried to make applying for an Inspired Facilities grant as straightforward as possible, with no specialist knowledge required.
This is why, although we are not telling you what you need to invest in, we have pulled together a catalogue of typical facility developments and improvements.
This catalogue is based on what sports clubs have told us they need, and the improvements are grouped into five areas;
- Building modernisation
- Outdoor sports lighting
- Outdoor sports surfaces
- Community club buildings
- Sports equipment
You can use the catalogue to help you work out realistic costs for your project and use this information to fill in your application form. However you do not have use it. We will accept applications for items not listed but you will need to work out realistic costs yourself.
If you want to apply for a grant to pay for work not listed in the catalogue, we suggest you use an appropriately qualified person, such as a quantity or building surveyor, to produce a report with all relevant details and costs.
The Inspired Facilities contractors
We have pulled together a group of contractors who can do all the work for you, if you receive a grant. This includes:
- Checking your budget costs
- Applying for necessary statutory approvals or planning permission
- Doing the work
- Preparing maintenance manuals.
As with the catalogue, these contractors are there to help you. You do not have to use them. You may appoint your own contractors if you prefer.
Thomas Cook Children’s Charity
If one of the groups benefitting from your planned project is disadvantaged young people aged under 18, you can apply for additional capital(to cover building costs) or revenue (day-to-day operating costs) funding from Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.
Simply complete the relevant questions on the application form we will pass your form directly to the charity if your application succeed. Even if your application is unsuccessful you will still have the opportunity to apply for Thomas Cook Children’s Charity funding and we will let you know how to do this at the time.