How will my application be assessed?
Your application will not be assessed until after the closing date of the round you are entering– so there is no advantage in rushing to send it in early. Take your time and make the best argument for your project.
Sport England will consider all applications and give grants to those that are eligible and make the strongest case against our four criteria:
- Need – is the project needed and wanted by members or users, and the wider community?
Impact – will it really keep existing participants playing sport and attract new people?
- Community involvement – have local people been involved in the project’s development and are there plans to keep them involved once the award has been made?
- Sustainability – will sufficient revenue be generated to keep the facility running and well-maintained for years to come?
We will give priority to projects that:
- Have not received an individual sport Lottery grant worth over £10,000
- Offer local opportunities to people who do not currently play sport
- Are the only public sports facility in the local community
Please note that requests for:
- Outdoor cricket nets
- Resurfacing or upgrading of club tennis courts
are less likely to succeed In Round three unless they are strong applications that easily meet all four criteria and three priorities.
This is because in Rounds 1 and 2 we funded a disproportionately high number of outdoor crickets nets and club tennis court upgrades and want to ensure other facility developments receive their share of investment in round 3.
Community and voluntary sector projects with a total project cost greater than £1m will also be a low priority.