More Olympic legacy funding up for grabs

SPORTS clubs in Northumberland can once again bid for a share of £15million of National Lottery investment.

The next round of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities legacy fund is now open for applications.

Money has been allocated to breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain and it is also available to convert existing buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.

Community and voluntary clubs and organisations will be able to bid for grants of between £20,000 and £50,000, with other organisations such as councils and schools able to apply for grants of up to £150,000.

Already in the North East, 105 projects have received more than £5million of investment through the legacy fund.

Sport England Chairman Nick Bitel said: “Inspired Facilities is one of our most popular funds, showing the importance of good, local sports facilities. Not only do they improve the sporting experience of existing users, they also help attract new ones.

“With £15million of lottery funding available and a further £40million over coming rounds, there are plenty of opportunities to benefit from this fund.”

Projects that will benefit disadvantaged young people will also be invited to apply for funding from the Thomas Cook’s Children’s Charity.

Clubs, groups and organisations can find out more by going online to www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities