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.

I’ve learnt that crowdfunding is so much more than raising money, it’s definitely all about community and harnessing the power of people.

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About the fund

Active Sport England 2019 - Activate Your Space project fund
Sport England 2019 - Activate your space
Get up to £5,000

Match funding for projects that aim to enhance spaces in their local community 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.

Crowdfunding ‘Towards an Active Nation’ - Sport England’s Extra Funding Scheme

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.

Traditional sports facilities where people spend time getting active are an important part of this, but it can be much wider too. It doesn’t have to be a traditional space – or a traditional sport.

Our Community Asset Fund is a programme dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active.

There are a number of things we want to achieve with this investment, but most importantly we want to help local organisations to create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come – which may mean providing help to get things up and running too.

While we will continue to invest in projects that help people get into sport and increase the number who are regularly taking part, we’re also looking to invest in projects that look beyond this to how sport and physical activity can – and does – change lives and becomes a force for social good. As well as traditional sports facilities where people enjoy physical activity, there are thousands of outdoor spaces up and down the country – like canal towpaths, woodlands and open spaces – all with great potential to be used and enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle.

Teaming up with Crowdfunder UK, we want to invest in some innovative and exciting community led groups that perhaps would not traditionally see Sport England as a source of funding or indeed consider sport to be their main area of work. We’re keen to hear from any sports club or community organisation with a great idea that will make a difference to the places where people play sport and get active.

Sport England’s Community Asset Fund seeks to:

  • Work with new and different organisations that can reach new and different audiences – particularly those groups and communities for whom inactivity is a key issue holding them back being more active.

  • Develop new ideas that really respond to customer needs in their local communities.

  • Reduce grant dependency across the sector.

  • Create more resilient and sustainable places to be active.

Eligible Organisations will:

  • Be located and working in England or be for the benefit of beneficiaries that reside in England. For projects outside of England, please refer to: Sport Wales, Sport Scotland and Sport Northern Ireland for other potential funding opportunities.

  • Seeking investment for internal or external building / modernisation works

  • Involve the local community in the development and delivery of their project

  • Raise funding from a minimum of 25 individuals

  • Use the ‘All or nothing’ funding option


There are some things that we’re not able to fund, these primarily being:

  • Projects which do not benefit people living in England
  • Organisations without a trustee board/management committee (with 3 people minimum)
  • Applications from individuals, or which are for the benefit of one individual
  • Projects promoting religion
  • Organisations seeking to distribute grants on our behalf
  • For work that has already happened
  • Vehicles, including minibuses
  • Revenue-only projects (i.e. staff and travel costs, venue hire, non-fixed equipment)
  • Routine maintenance and repairs resulting from wear and tear
  • Children’s playgrounds and play equipment
  • Projects intended for private gain
  • Projects we’ve funded in the past
  • Football-only projects
  • Small-scale cricket projects

We are also unlikely to support applications:

  • Where organisations are in serious financial deficit
  • From large national charities which enjoy widespread support

Please read full terms and conditions for more information.

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