Sportsmatch Funding from Sport England
Sportsmatch is government funded to support the development of grass roots sport in England. They make awards to organisations running projects aimed at increasing participation in sports at community level (revenue or capital). They can do this through matching commercial sponsorship money invested in community sport on a £ for £ basis with a minimum award of £1000 and maximum of £50,000.
They are funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through Sport England and have approximately £3 million per year to award. The scheme is administered in England through the Institute of Sports Sponsorship - part of the European Sponsorship Association - to ensure representation and understanding of the important role of commercial sponsorship in sport.
Since its founding in 1992 they have awarded over £35 million and funded more than 4,800 projects across the country. Their matching awards scheme has brought in over £45 million for these projects from the commercial sector.
The process is application led and competitive. Eligible applications are considered for awards by an independent Panel meeting eight times a year.
Visit the Sportsmatch website and read the RFU guidance regarding Sportsmatch (PDF MS Word DOC) [Add document] for further information and application details.