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Grants and funding

Our Sport and Active Recreation Team support community partners across the region courtesy of the Authority’s Community Access Fund. This scheme offers free access to the Authority’s venues and services to organisations who have priorities that align to the Sport and Active Recreation team. Since its inception, the fund has provided hundreds of community groups and up to 22,000 individuals with access to the Authority’s world class venues and coaches, which otherwise might not have been possible. 

Details of our grants and how to apply

Who can apply?

You can apply if your organisation is a not-for profit, registered charity, voluntary/community organisation or company. Please note our Community Access Fund will not fund traditional sports clubs. Your organisation must also be based in the Authority’s funding region of London, Hertfordshire or Essex.


How to apply

Please complete our expression of interest form. Applicants will typically receive a response/decision within 14 days of your application.


What will we fund?

The fund can cover activity costs, including the hire of Lee Valley Regional Park facilities and coaches/instructors, typically up to the value of £1,000. This can include one off visits to a venue and extended programmes of activity (maximum of 12 weeks).


Funding requirement

To enable the Sport and Active Recreation team to measure the impact of this scheme, all successful applicants are required to adhere to the Authority’s monitoring and evaluation requirements. Further information regarding what this entails will be outlined during the application process.

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