The aim of the fund is to get more people, especially the young and disadvantaged, playing outdoor sport through more effective use of playing fields.
Only legally constituted not for profit organizations can apply. Individuals and profit making organizations are ineligible for funding.
Organisations must also be able to supply certain financial and governance information before an application is submitted including constitution document, latest audited bank accounts, latest bank balance, VAT status, insurance details.
We can accept applications from the following:
- County Playing Field Associations
- Voluntary sector sports clubs
- Parish Councils / Town Councils
- Registered charitable organizations
- Unincorporated not for profit organizations
- Industrial and Provident Societies
- Local authorities
- Increasing the number of people participating in sport across the country
- Establishing voluntary playing field groups in parts of the country where none exist, particularly in the inner city areas.
- Training leaders of local voluntary clubs and organisations who are managing the playing fields. The training will include helping these voluntary clubs to make high quality applications for funding from the state sector, such as the Lottery, and big sporting organisations such as the Football Foundation and Sport England.
- Helping the volunteer groups to create partnerships with local branches of national sporting bodies (such as the FA), working to protect and make fuller use of existing playing fields.
- Providing seed money to stimulate new investment in playing fields and contribute towards items such as drainage, levelling, returfing, ATPs, MUGAs, pavilions and floodlighting.
- Providing matched funding to unlock grants from other bodies, such as Sport England, Football Foundation etc.
The Playing Fields Legacy Fund will fund:
- Training for leaders of local groups and organisations connected to playing fields
- Establishing voluntary playing field groups in parts of the country where none exist, particularly in inner city areas
- Helping more voluntary groups to make high quality applications for funding that helps to protect or make greater use of local playing fields
- Providing seed money to stimulate new investment in playing fields
- Providing match funding to help unlock grants from other bodies in applications with a playing fields focus
Unless exceptional circumstances prevail we will NOT fund the following items:
- Help with the general running costs of an organisation.
- Repeat or regular events, or repeat funding of projects previously funded by other grant bodies.
- Retrospective funding – the PFLF does not fund projects that have already started.
- Items which only benefit an individual, e.g. bursaries or kit and equipment that is not shared.
- Projects intended primarily at private or personal gain.
- More than £10,000 to the same organisation in any 12 month period.
- Sports sessions which take place in school during curriculum time.
- The erection of temporary buildings.
- Sponsorship, endowments or loan repayments.
- Projects that require planning permission that is not yet in place.
- Projects that will not start within the next 12 months.
- Projects that take place and incur costs before the date of the grant award letter
The maximum grant amount is normally £10,000 in any 12 month period.
Yes. The fund provides revenue and capital funding and an application can be made for both if applicable. The maximum total grant amount must be no more than £10,000.
No. The fund has been established to support new projects; it will not fund work retrospectively or provide continuation funding for an existing revenue project.
No. The fund has been established to encourage greater use of playing fields for sport.
It is unlikely that the PFLF would support schemes without evidence of partnership support. The purpose of this fund is to provide seed-corn grants to unlock funding from other sources.
Yes. We would expect the majority of funding to be derived from other sources.
The minimum requirement is to provide details of the funder to whom you have submitted an application and the requested amount; however we would prefer to see written confirmation of the sum awarded.
All applications must be made on the Application Form which can be downloaded from the PFLF website. Additional documentation can be submitted to support your application. We would prefer to receive applications by email where possible.
Yes. You are encouraged to contact us for pre-application advice.
The following assessment criteria will be used to prioritise applications that demonstrate:
- Evidence of need
- Partnership working
- Sports participation increase/improvements
- Long term sustainability
- Value for money
We mean that the organisation has a long term future and that there will be a long term benefit as a result of the grant.
Within 12 weeks.
You will receive written notification of the award together with Conditions of Grant and will be asked to acknowledge receipt. The funding award will subsequently be made and monitoring forms circulated.
Award recipients will be required to provide an end of grant report which will require evidence of an increase in sporting activity.
Yes, however applicants can only apply once in any 12 month period.
If the funding request is focused on a specific playing field, the applicant must have a freehold interest, or a lease with at least 25 years remaining, or be prepared to put the field into trust.
No. The grant awarded must be spent within a 12 month period.
All applicants must be fully constituted organisations. If you are newly constituted and do not have a set of annual accounts please contact us for advice prior to submitting a formal application.
If your scheme is a construction project then the necessary planning permission must be in place prior to submitting an application to the Playing Fields Legacy Fund.
The Playing Fields Legacy Fund is administered by London Playing Fields Foundation on behalf of the PFLF Trustees