Funding Sources for Facility Development Projects
There are many potential sources of funding for improvements to netball facilities. Some of the key ones can be found below.
Sport England ‘Inspired Facilities’ Funding
Sport England are currently developing a new strategy to support grassroots sport for 2016-2021.
The Inspired Facilities fund has therefore been paused so that they can make sure any future facilities funding is fully integrated into, and supports, the new strategy and priorities.
To keep up to date on this and other Sport England funding streams, please go to https://www.sportengland.org/funding/our-different-funds/inspired-facilities/
As part of the Planning Process, Council's ask housing developers to pay towards the costs of new or improved recreation facilities (such as tennis / netball courts) to offset the impact of development and benefit local communities. These arrangements are set out in Section 106 legal agreements. Decisions on how developer contributions are spent varies from Council to Council. Some provide a grant aid scheme for community organisations to apply to. It's important to remember that developers contributions are for projects that are of benefit to those living in the housing development in addition to the wider community. An example process can be found on this website
If your facility improvement project is near a recent housing development or you know that there are plans to build houses in the area, go to the Planning pages of your local Council's website and see if you can apply for developers contributions.
The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is a tax credit scheme enabling operators of landfill sites to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). In turn, EBs are keen to fund community projects that help to improve open spaces, recreation grounds and sports facilities near landfill sites. To find out if there is Environmental Body distributing funds in your area, click here
To keep up to date with funding available for sport, you may find the following website useful http://www.funding4sport.co.uk/