Sportsmatch is open to new applications
Sportsmatch 2011-12 opened to new applications on 17 January 2011 for projects starting after 1 April 2011. The first awards will be made in early April and regular Panel meetings will be held until November. The last date for submitting applications is 19 September 2011 - but applicants are advised to apply in plenty of time for when they want their project to start, and competition for funding usually increases towards the end of the year.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Sportsmatch programme please call the Funding Helpline to speak to a member of the Sportsmatch team: 08458 508 508.
Sportsmatch makes awards to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new community projects to grow or sustain participation in sport.
Sportsmatch uses money from the government to encourage new sponsorship of grassroots community sport. Priority is given to applications seeking to match sponsorship from the commercial sector but donations from private individuals or charitable trusts are also acceptable provided they meet our sponsorship eligibility criteria.
Awards of between £1,000 and £100,000 can be made to match funding from no more than five sponsors, with each sponsor contributing a minimum of £1,000. Sport England funding for the project must be spent by 31 March 2012.
Before making an application, we suggest you complete the pre-application checklist to help you decide if your organisation, sponsorship and project are eligible for a Sportsmatch award. We would also strongly recommend that you read the rest of the Sportsmatch information on our website or view our Sportsmatch guidance document which explains what Sportsmatch will and will not fund and what makes a good application.