Sport NI Active Awards fund now open

Active Awards is an exchequer funded small grants programme primarily aimed at grassroots community based sport. The programme aims to prioritise investment in sports clubs, community groups and governing bodies of sport, especially those based in areas of greatest need that will deliver increases in sports participation amongst the identified target groups.

Sport Northern Ireland’s Active Awards Programme seeks to prioritise the development of projects which contribute to addressing the continued under-representation in sport amongst the below target groups:

  • Women and girls
  • People with a disability
  • People living in areas of greatest need

Who Can Apply

  • Governing Bodies of Sport (recognised by Sport Northern Ireland)
  • Sport Clubs (must be affiliated to a Governing Body of Sport recognised by Sport Northern Ireland)
  • Charities
  • Parent Teacher Associations
  • Community/Voluntary Groups

All potential applicants will be expected to have in place, a constitution, appropriate financial management and safeguarding policies.

Funding Limits

Eligible groups can apply for grants from £1,000 – £10,000.

Key Dates

The current round of funding will close at 12.00 noon on 18 July 2016.

How to Apply

Download the Programme Guidance Notes. Sport Northern Ireland recommends you carefully read the guidance notes before completing the application form.





Information sessions will be available in each district council area for your club to speak to a Sport Northern Ireland member of staff in preparation for submitting your application. To find out where and when your nearest information session is, Please click here

For further information on Active Awards please contact:

  • Conleth Donnelly on 028 9038 3233
  • Clare Adair on 028 9038 3226
  • Louise McAtamney on 028 9038 3896
  • Hilary McLain on 028 9038 3864


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