Sport England -Get Equipped Fund

Status: Open to applications, please see below for deadlines


Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations to buy specialised sports equipment so that more disabled people (aged 14 years and older) who are regularly playing sport in England may become more active in sport.


Maximum Value:£ 10,000
Minimum Value:£ 300

Value Notes

Grants of between £300 and £10,000 per group.

The total project costs must not exceed £50,000.

Extended Description

Sport England aims to make lives better through sport. It is working to increase the number of people who play sport regularly and it is particularly keen to get more young people (aged 14 and 25 years) and disabled people playing sport once a week. Sport England has launched the new £1 million Get Equipped funding programme to help meet that objective.

The Get Equipped grants programme will assist not-for-profit organisations in England with buying specialist equipment to increase the number of disabled young people (aged 14+) and adults regularly playing sport.

Projects must indicate how they will help deliver Sport England’s strategic outcomes:

  • More people playing sport once a week.
  • An increase in the number of 14 to 25 year olds playing sport once a week.
  • A reduction in drop off at ages 16, 18, 21 and 24 years.
  • Growth in the number of disabled people playing sport.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 2 December 2013. Notification of all decisions will be by 31 January 2014.

Key Criteria

Formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies are eligible to apply.

This could include registered charities, sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools, parish councils, town councils, and governing bodies of sport.

Organisations who have received up to £10,000 from the Sport England Small Grants Programme in the last 12 months or organisations who are planning to apply to the Small Grants Programme in the next 12 months may apply for Get Equipped grants. But organisations cannot apply to the Small Grants Programme and Get Equipped Programme for funding towards the same project.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to buy additional equipment that will be used to get more disabled people taking part in sport. 

To be eligible, applications must:

  • Fit with Sport England's Youth and Community Strategy
  • Purchase additional equipment that is to be used to get more disabled people participating in sport.
  • Show they have the skills needed to use this equipment; training costs for individuals involved in the project are eligible.
  • Have total project costs of no more than £50,000.
  • Be able to deliver projects within a 12 month period from the date of the award letter.
  • For sports that are recognised by Sport England.
  • Be for beneficiaries based in England.
  • Have a start date of at least 10 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Be for new activity and new costs associated with helping more disabled people play sport.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals.
  • Sole traders or partnerships.
  • Organisations established to make profit.
  • Organisations not established in the UK
  • Projects that do not address Sport England's strategic outcomes.
  • Projects that are for sports not recognised by Sport England.
  • Project costs that are anything other than equipment and staff training.
  • The general running costs of an organisation (ie, day to day expenses such as rent, gas, electricity, and insurance costs).
  • Equipment which only benefits an individual, such as bursaries or kit and equipment that is not shared.
  • Fixed items of equipment (ie, goals and nets that cannot be easily removed).
  • Fixed equipment which may require planning permission or may impact on any lease.
  • Projects involving construction or refurbishment of property.
  • Erection of temporary buildings or land improvement work (ie, drainage, resurfacing of playing surfaces, laying of artificial surfaces or installation of irrigation systems).
  • Retrospective costs before the date of the offer letter. (This includes deposits and costs associated in submitting the application.)
  • Contingency costs and VAT that can be recovered by the applicant.


Application Procedure

Applicants are urged to complete the pre-application checklist to determine whether or not they are eligible.

In order to apply, applicants must register their organisation by clicking on the 'apply now' button on the Sport England website. They will then receive an email with their username and password, enabling them to start the application form.

Non-statutory organisations must include copies of the following with their completed application (either attached electronically or sent by post):

  • Governing document/constitution.
  • Most recent accounts. (New organisations should submit a three-year income and expenditure forecast.)
  • Last three bank statements. (New organisations should provide evidence that they have a bank account.)
  • Child protection policy (if relevant to the project).

Addresses and contacts

Contact details:
Funding Enquiries Sport England
3 Oakwood Drive
LE11 3QF
Telephone:08458 508 508