Activate your space

Get up to £5,000 to activate
your space

Crowdfunder has teamed up with Sport England to offer £150,000 (up to £5,000 per project) in extra-funding to projects dedicated to enhancing the spaces in their local community that give people the opportunity to be active.  

Eligible projects will be based in England and looking to crowdfund towards building, refurbishing, improving and / or enhancing a community building or space.

SCHOOLS: This fund is only available to school projects that benefit their wider community.  

Please consider whether your project is eligible before applying!


Projects must:

- Benefit the wider community

- Be based in England

- Enhance a space

- Raise funding from a minimum of 25 individuals 

- Use the ‘All or nothing’ funding option

The fund will not cover:

- Vehicles, including minibuses 

- Children’s playgrounds and play equipment 

- Football-only projects 

- Small-scale cricket projects

Full eligibility criteria can be found here.

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About the fund

Active Sport England - Activate Your Space project fund
Sport England - Activate your space
Get up to £10,000

Match funding for capital works (building or refurbishment) that will enhance spaces in local communities to give people the opportunity to be more active.

You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project and, if eligible, you'll be prompted to apply.

Activate Your Space – Sport England’s Extra Funding Scheme for Enhancing Community Facilities & Spaces

This investment aims to help community organisations crowdfunding for capital (building or refurbishment) works that will enhance spaces within their local area, to enable people within their community to become more physically active.

Our investment match, of up to £10,000, is targeted at community groups and organisations that have identified an issue, consulted their community on what the solution may be and is seeking investment to get their project moving forwards.

This is not a fund for traditional sports clubs seeking to invest in their own clubs’ facilities for the sole use of their members but targeted at organisations that perhaps don’t see themselves as a ‘traditional sports organisation’ that is looking to create a genuine community facility.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be:

  • Charities, community, voluntary and social enterprise sector not-for-profit organisations that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations,
  • For the benefit of people residing in England.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals or sole traders,
  • For profit businesses or partnerships,
  • Schools, colleges and universities,
  • Commercial sport and physical activity providers, e.g. private gyms,
  • Leisure operators.

Pledge criteria

If your application is approved, you’ll get match funding of up to 50% towards your initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £10,000.   

To receive a pledge, you will need to do two things (the ‘fund conditions’): 

1. raise at least 25% of your initial target,

2. raise this from a minimum number of supporters. 

Following receipt of a pledge you will also need to reach 100% of your initial funding target to receive the funds from Sport England.

Note – Sport England reserve the right to vary these pledge criteria; projects will be notified if their pledge criteria will vary from the stated terms above.

Before completing your application please read the full Eligibility and Pledge Criteria. Read here.

Funded projects will be required to agree to the Activate Your Space Grant Conditions.

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