Changes to Sportsmatch
Sport England is currently reviewing their Sportsmatch funding programme to explore what changes would maximise its impact on community sport.
Sportsmatch has a strong history of using Sport England investment to encourage sponsorship of community sport. In recent years they’ve extended the offer of matched funding to donations from private individuals and charitable trusts as well as commercial sponsorship.
They're absolutely committed to continuing to use Sportsmatch to encourage investments in sport by all of these groups.
But they believe Sportsmatch could achieve even more if they make some changes, so the fund will not be re-opening at the start of the new financial year.
If you were considering applying to Sportsmatch in its old form, please do explore their other funding programmes on their website or speak to one of our grants experts on 08458 508 508.
A further announcement on the future shape of Sportsmatch will be made at the completion of the review, which is likely to be in the early summer.
Sportsmatch makes awards to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new community projects to grow or sustain participation in sport. It is primarily for running costs although capital awards of up to £25,000 can be made through the scheme.
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.