Sports Provision Grant - guidance for applicants

Guidance on how to apply for the Sports Provision Grant.

Uttlesford District Council allocated funding in 31 March 2021, with two further tranches over the following two years. These are to be allocated to support enhanced sport provision in the district. The budget for 2022/23 is £250,000.

The target areas are Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Stansted Mountfitchet.

Spending that will be covered

Sports spending may fall into four categories:

  1. Maintenance work and purchase of equipment for normal activities
  2. Upgrade to existing facilities and purchase of equipment which will allow greater or enhanced use of facilities
  3. Project development costs for major new provision projects
  4. Major projects requiring funding support greater than £150,000

Category 1

Category 1 is expected to be funded by the relevant sport clubs. It may also be supported by UDC councillors via the Ward Member Initiative, and by parish councils. UDC also has an existing Sport Grant Scheme which includes equipment, covering amounts up to £500.

Category 2

Category 2 is within the scope of this scheme. (However, the Community Project Grant Scheme should also be considered. It is up to £3,500. Because there is the separate , sports clubs cannot apply for the Community Project Grant, but other bodies can, and its remit includes development of land for recreational purposes and other relevant works such as access improvements to community buildings. Applications for a Community Project Grant should be made separately and not on the form for this scheme.)

Category 3

Category 3 is within the scope of this scheme and is for the costs of bringing forward Category 4 projects. Amounts up to £10,000 will be considered.

Category 4

Category 4 might for example include a 3G pitch. Sport England estimate a 3G Senior pitch, fenced, with sports lighting, at around £1m, excluding land cost. Such projects are beyond the scope of this scheme unless the majority of funding is found from other sources.

Who can apply

Applications are invited from sports clubs or other appropriate constituted bodies, for Categories 2 and 3, and Category 4 if substantial funding is already in place.

What will be considered

In allocating grants, the considerations will include:

  • the percentage of funding generated by the applicant's own fund raising, including applications for grants from their sport bodies, and use of reserves
  • ownership or long term tenure of the site
  • the availability of quotes or tenders
  • the number of current and potential future beneficiaries of the project
  • the ability to deliver the project within a reasonable timescale
  • access to the facility (e.g. free to the public, pay as you go, membership only)
  • evidence of community support
  • environmental improvements, such as reductions in energy and water consumption, and light spillage
  • provision of a maintenance plan