Sportsmatch to re-open for applications on 17 January 2011
The Sportsmatch programme is currently closed to new applications as the remaining budget for this financial year was allocated at the final decision making panel in November. However Sportsmatch will be re-opening to new applications on the 17 January 2011 for projects starting after the 1 April 2011.
The Sportsmatch guidance will be updated in the New Year ready for the re-opening of the programme, so it is advisable to revisit these pages prior to submitting a new application.
Please note that Sport England’s Small Grants Programme is still accepting applications for awards of between £300 and £10,000 (the total project cost should not exceed £50,000).
For further information, please contact our Funding Helpline on 08458 508 508.
Sport England’s Sportsmatch programme makes awards to not-for-profit organisations running projects at a community level which meet one or both of Sport England’s objectives of Grow or Sustain. We do this through matching eligible sponsorship pound for pound, up to a maximum value of £100,000.
We often receive more fundable applications than we have budget to support so we recommend you read all the information here to give your application the greatest chance of success.
How does it work?
Sportsmatch supports formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies. This might include sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools, universities or national governing bodies of sport.
If a sponsor gives £10,000 to its local rugby club to organise new coaching opportunities in the community, we could match that with a grant of £10,000 - thereby doubling the amount of money available to the club. We can match eligible sponsorship which has been given by an eligible company, trust, charity, or private individual. Sponsorship contributions can be either cash or in-kind, but in-kind sponsorship cannot consist of more than 50% of your total sponsorship amount. Projects can be supported by a maximum of five sponsors. More detailed information on sponsors’ eligibility can be found here.
Projects can involve revenue and/or capital expenditure. There is no maximum capital project cost and all capital expenditure must be eligible i.e. only for equipment of a non-permanent nature. However the maximum capital grant which Sportsmatch can award is £25,000. We will not fund capital projects that involve construction, refurbishment or land improvement.
Before making an application, we suggest you complete the pre-application checklist (find attached to this news article) to help you decide if your organisation and project are eligible for a Sportsmatch award. We would also strongly recommend that you read the Sportsmatch guidance document (find attached to this news article), and read the pages in this section which explain what Sportsmatch cannot fund and what makes a good application.