Sport England will open the penultimate round of its Places People Play – Protecting Playing Fields scheme on 10 December 2012.
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 will be available to create, develop and improve playing fields for sporting and community use and offer long term protection of the site for sport. Around £2 million is available for this funding round.
The aim of the fund is to create a legacy of participation for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Sport England are investing £10 million of National Lottery funding in community sports projects over a three-year period (2011-2014).
Successful projects will be those where organisations can demonstrate future management, maintenance and sporting use at the site along with the site being protected for 25 years or longer.
Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said:
“We can’t all be Olympians or Paralympians, but with great local facilities, inspirational sports leaders on the ground and sporting challenges to suit everyone, we can all be part of the mass participation legacy of the Games.
“In developing Places People Play, we wanted to bring both the Games and grassroots sport to life in communities across the country ensuring that, in challenging times, sport receives the investment and attention it needs at a local level.”
Organisations entitled to receive public funding may apply, including:
- Voluntary or community organisations.
- Local authorities.
- Sports clubs.
- Playing field associations.
- Education establishments.
An application form and guidelines can be found on the Sport England website (opens in new window).
Round 4 will open to application on 10 December 2012 and close on 18 February 2013.
The final round is likely to open in June 2013.
Source: Sport England, 23/11/2012