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Funding for physical activity

We can provide you with several levels of support - you can browse through some of the more commonly accessed sources of funding for physical activity below, or contact us with your specific funding enquiry and we can search our more comprehensive database and discuss your funding needs in more depth.

We have produced a short top tips document to help you to develop your funding application. 

Active Surrey Funding Advice

Frequently accessed funding sources for physical activity

Sport England provide a wide range of grants programmes, the most commonly accessed is their small grants programme (£300– £10,000).
For capital or facility projects the Community Asset Fund is a great place to start. 
At the moment both funds have been repurposed to support a 'Return to Play' for key target groups, supporting providers who have had or want to make adaptions to their normal offering as a result of COVID-19. They also have an Active Together opportunity for matched crowdfunding. 

The London Marathon Charitable Trust funds capital projects in Surrey as a result of the county hosting the Ride London events in August each year, though a decision has been made that this will stop after 2021. Grants are broken down by size, small grants are £5 – £50K and major grants are £50K – £250K. The trust can fund larger projects in exceptional cases. For more info visit their website.

Surrey County Council is allocating £100m over five years to community projects that can garner support and improve their local area by meeting the needs of residents. This can include grassroot sport and activity ideas. Find out more about Your Fund Surrey.

As at November 2020 UK Youth have a COVID relief fund for youth organisations that need help to survive the pandemic. Those with an income of under £250k are aligible to apply for up to £50k

Surrey Playing Fields supports local clubs with grants (up to £1,000) and low interest loans (up to £40,000). They also offer bursaries to young athletes in elite sport and coaches (up to £250), aged between 10 and 20 years old who need a helping hand to improve in their chosen sport. You can read more on Surrey Playing Field's grant page.

Awards for All – The National Lottery Community Fund’s small grants scheme for projects from £300 - £10K.

Landfill operators – depending on where your project is in Surrey your local landfill operator will run a capital grant programme for community buildings, including leisure facilities. Each operator has a postcode search on their website to help you identify if your project is eligible. These are the four main operators in Surrey:

Good News Stories

If you have any funding news stories or funding opportunities you think we should promote, please contact lawrie.baker@surreycc.gov.uk.

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Funding for athletes/sportspeople

FACS (Free Access for County Sportspeople)
Many of Surrey’s local Borough/District councils run these which mean you could still access discounted leisure facility use, but on a more local basis rather than across the county. To find out more about FACS please contact your local Sports Development Officer.

SportsAid

Talented young athletes can be nominated by their NGB and receive financial help from this national charity. 

Sports Councils

Some Sports Councils provide bursary schemes for talented athletes.  Most Boroughs/Districts in Surrey have one. Please contact your local Sports Development Officer if you don’t know the details of your local Sports Council.

GLL Sports Foundation 

If you live or attend a club in an area serviced by a GLL Sports Centre (such as parts of Reigate and Banstead, Epsom & Ewell, Woking or Guildford), you may be able to benefit from their comprehensive athlete support package - read more on their website.

Surrey Playing Fields supports local clubs with grants (up to £1,000) and low interest loans (up to £40,000). They also offer bursaries to young athletes in elite sport and coaches (up to £250), aged between 10 and 20 years old who need a helping hand to improve in their chosen sport. You can read more on Surrey Playing Field's grant page.

Funding consultancy

Active Surrey can also provide you with funding advice and consultancy support.