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  • 24 March 2014 00:00
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£20 million funding now available to boost rundown sports facilities

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Sport England have announce that £20 million is now available from their Inspired Facilities fund to help repair and upgrade sporting venues that are unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain.

A share of the £20 million available for sports clubs, local authorities, schools and parish councils to either upgrade existing sporting venues into better ones or to convert existing non-sporting venues into facilities that are suitable for grassroots sport.

The Inspired Facilities has already invested £71 million in over 1,300 projects and Sport England say applying for the new £20 million has never been easier. 

Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline.

"Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has invested £71 million of funding into more than 1,300 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sports facilities,” said Sport England Property Director Charles Johnston. 

"Now we’re making it even easier for more projects to benefit by keeping the fund open all year round, allowing them to apply at a time that suits them.”

Community and voluntary organisations are able to bid for grants of between £20,000 and £75,000, with other organisations such as councils and schools able to apply for grants of up to £150,000.

"The Inspired Facilities fund is giving a huge boost to grassroots sport across the country and with £71 million invested it has already helped 1,300 sports clubs maintain and improve their facilities,” said Minister for Sport Helen Grant.

"With an additional £20 million of National Lottery money now available and the application process made easier I would urge local sports clubs to look at how this fund can help them create more opportunities for people to get involved in sport.”

To find out more about the Inspired Facilities fund or to apply for funding, Click Here

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