Capital Funding to Improve Sports Facilities Across Scotland

Charities, sports clubs, community groups, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations, can apply for funding to upgrade sports facilities and provide opportunities for people across Scotland to become more active.

SportScotland is offering grants of up to £200,000 for constituted, not-for-profit organisations to support capital projects that provide opportunities for people to get involved in and participate in sports and physical activity in Scotland. For projects in areas of high deprivation, grants of up to £250,000 are available.

Through the Sports Facilities Fund, funding is available for projects that achieve the following outcomes:

  • Provide opportunities for more people to be more active more often.
  • Widen access, provide opportunities, and remove barriers to participation for disadvantaged groups (such as those experiencing poverty, care-experienced young people, or people who share any protected characteristics).
  • Provide high-quality and diverse opportunities that develop participants, athletes, volunteers, coaches, and officials.
  • Promote the physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits of sport and physical activity and the wider social benefits.
  • Are designed to the highest possible standard for sport and physical activity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Are designed to use sustainable construction methods, materials or energy systems and form part of a wider organisational sustainability strategy or plan.

Support is available for the following types of activities:

  • New, upgraded, or extended sports facilities.
  • Inclusive changing facilities.
  • Facilities that provide or improve access to outdoor sports and adventure activities.
  • Floodlights that increase capacity at appropriate sports facilities.
  • Facilities that support community sports hubs or community activity within schools.
  • Facilities that enable Sportscotland Institute of Sport or UK sports performance sport programmes.
  • Major items of non-personal sports equipment.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Have a strong, clear, and embedded focus on the promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion in sports and physical activity.
  • Demonstrate how their project is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.

There are typically two deadlines per year.