Funding

Funding Opportunities

There is a wide range of funding opportunities for both individuals and organisations.

The amounts you can apply for and the opportunities change regularly. On this page we provide information on funding that can be used to support sport and physical activity. We will also update this page as new funding opportunities become available.

If you need additional assistance finding the right funding for your organisation, or alternatively if you have your own funds you feel people could benefit from that isn’t listed below, feel free to get in touch.

We also recommend that you contact the funding body before completing any application forms. You may already be eligible, however it is worth talking through your plan or project before making an application.


Opening Schools Facilities Funding

Sport England and the Department of Education are investing £10.1 million nationally to support schools in opening up their facilities for extra-curricular and community use. The Opening School Facilities fund is available to Norfolk schools through Active Norfolk.

If your school meets one of the following criteria, then be sure to get in touch:

  • Has a high percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals
  • Has pupils who would benefit from being more active
  • Can extend the physical activity offer to pupils with SEND or whose pupils have limited use of school facilities outside of the school day
Funding to keep school clubs open

Entries are invited from all schools, with the expectation of young people being able to benefit from this funding from the summer term 2021 onwards.

Whether it’s for purchases to help meet COVID requirements, extra equipment, improving accessibility or increasing staffing. This grant is available to help schools improve physical activity opportunities for young people who need it most.

Funding of up to £5000 per school can be awarded. The deadline to apply is: Thursday 10th June 2021 at 9:00am. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]



Norfolk Community Foundation

The Norfolk Community Foundation is an independent charity. It supports people and organisations that are delivering projects that make a difference to communities. They provide funding and support that helps small local charities and also voluntary groups to survive and grow.

Their focus is on supporting community projects that are supporting those most in need. This can include sport and physical activity projects, as well as other types of community support projects.

Norfolk Community Foundation awards grants to individuals and to groups. Their website also has a comprehensive FAQ section. It also has user-friendly search functionality to help you find the right fund to apply for, too.


Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund

The Tackling Inequalities Fund forms part of Sport England’s £210 million package of Coronavirus support. It was originally set up to help the sport and physical activity sector survive the pandemic, but has grown since.

This fund supports small local organisations and also community groups that are delivering vital community support. These local groups are best placed to serve the groups of people whose activity levels were hit hardest by the pandemic. This includes people from:

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities
  • Disabled people
  • People with long-term health conditions

However, everyone is welcome to apply for the funding.

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Active Partnerships are key distributors of this funding. We have successfully applied for three rounds of the Tackling Inequalities Fund since Summer 2020. This has totalled almost £250,000 of funding which we have brought into Norfolk to support sport and physical activity. We have also been working with targeted organisations across Norfolk and supporting them to apply.

These groups are using Tackling Inequalities Funds to provide services for the target audiences defined above. It has also been used to help organisations survive, and continue to exist beyond the pandemic. By supporting them to weather the storm, these organisations are now able to support their communities.

You can also visit our Case Studies section to read about some of the successful Tackling Inequalities Fund projects we’ve helped support.


Short-Term & Related Funds

The following funds are either shorter term, or related to communities and wellbeing as opposed to specifically targeting physical activity providers. As these are often closely related, you may also find them useful. For more information on any of the below, contact the providers directly for assistance.