Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

Community Access Fund (CAF)

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s Community Access Fund aims to support community groups and charities by offering free access to our venues and services to organisations that engage with hard to reach communities.

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 CAF expression of interest form.

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 programmes up to six weeks in length. 

Funding requirement: Successful applicants are required to complete relevant monitoring and evaluation forms provided by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
The following video provides an insight into the impact of the programme to date

Active Communities Grant Scheme

Active Communities Grant Scheme aims to support longer term projects that align to the six strategic areas of the Sport and Active Recreation Strategy. Each application will be assessed against the following criteria, of which all three must be met;

  • Projects that engage inactive and less active people in increasing their activity levels
  • Projects targeted at groups underrepresented in sport and physical activity – females, ethnic minorities, disabled people and older people of 50+
  • Projects that commit to showing they can demonstrate an impact on their participants by use of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s impact forms as applicable (in addition to any other monitoring and evaluation forms that a project may carry out). (Appendix A)

Who can apply: You can apply if your organisation is a not-for profit, registered charity, voluntary or community club or organisation or company. We will also accept applications from traditional sports clubs, subject to the project in question meeting the above criteria. Your organisation must be based in the park’s funding region of London, Hertfordshire or Essex.

How to apply: Please complete our Active Communities Grant Scheme application form.

What will we fund: Grants can be used to cover activity costs, including coaches and facility hire, project coordination costs (officer time) and coach education/training. Typically, we will award grants up to the value of £10,000. We will not usually fund more than 50% of a project’s total cost.

Funding requirement: Successful applicants are required to complete relevant monitoring and evaluation forms provided by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

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