National Sports Foundation Funding Opportunities
The National Sports Foundation is a Government-led initiative designed to facilitate
and encourage partnerships between private investors and community sports
projects in England. We do this by matching new and additional private investment
with Foundation funding, on a pound for pound basis. This is a great opportunity for
both investors and community sports organisations to work together to improve the
sporting infrastructure of the country.
Applicants apply online via www.nationalsportsfoundation.org
Telephone support is available from Sport England on Tel. 08458 508 508.
What are the aims of the Programme?
The NSF has three priority funding themes:
Fit for Sport – projects to improve both physical and human infrastructure for
community clubs. This will include investing in clubs, coaches and volunteers
in local communities
2012 Kids – building on the success of the Olympics, projects to encourage
children and young people to take up sport; and
Women into Sport – projects to increase female participation in sport,
including providing coaching and support for female teams
In addition to this the National Sports Foundation will only consider match funding
projects which deliver one or more of the following outcomes:
Increased participation in sporting activity,
Increased club membership
Increased numbers of qualified and active coaches delivering instruction in
Increased numbers of active volunteers supporting community sport
Applications should aim to demonstrate how they impact on Sport England’s ‘Grow,
Sustain and Excel’ outcomes as outlined in Sport England’s 2008-2011 Strategy. The
strategy can be down loaded from Sport England’s website: www.sportengland.org
How does National Sports Foundation funding work?
The National Sports Foundation can match, pound for pound, commercial business
sponsorship or funding from trusts / private donors for a sporting project that aims to
increase participation and/or improve performance at grassroots level. Projects may
be a revenue scheme, a capital project or a mixture of both. Sponsorship may be in
cash or in-kind.
What's the minimum and maximum award?
The minimum award is £50,001. There is currently no maximum award figure.
Please use the National Sports Foundation website
www.nationalsportsfoundation.org in the first instance. Alternatively please contact
Sport England on Tel. 08458 508 508 for all other queries.