Current Sports Funding

Getting Active 2021-2022

We are excited to announce the return of our flagship Getting Active programme for 2021-2022. We are recruiting 120 member organisations to work with us to deliver sport, dance, physical activity and movement sessions for young Londoners and receive £1500 grants to make this happen. 

We recognise the impact COVID-19 has and continues to have on the young people you support and the communities you work in. It’s why our Getting Active Programme focuses on four key outcomes areas:  

  • Improving Physical and Mental Wellbeing  
  • Strengthening and Supporting Peer Relationships 
  • Improving attitudes and understanding of the importance of being regularly active  
  • Building confidence and capacity within community youth organisations   

We place particular emphasis on supporting young people who are inactive/less active, plus young people who face a range of barriers to participation. Whatever the focus of your organisation, whatever the size of your organisation, our Getting Active Programme is created to be accessible to all members so we can work together to enable all young Londoners to be healthier, happier, and better connected.  

Key Information and how to apply 

Before starting your online application below, please take the time to read the Getting Active guidance document. You can find this here.


How and what you deliver is something we want you and your young people to tell us, be that a new idea or something that is already working.  

We encourage delivery ideas to focus on inactive/less active 8 – 13-year-olds, but we recognise this is not an age group all members work with so we will still consider applications from those working with older young people if that is what is needed at your organisation 

Because we are focused on improving how active young people are, we are encouraging organisations to look at longer term delivery approaches (30 weeks x 1 hour a week where possible). Again though, we recognise not all member delivery structures will allow for this so will consider alternative structures on a case-by-case basis 


This opportunity is open to all London Youth members, including those previously supported by the Getting Active Programme. We have a pan-London focus, with c.40 places specifically for members working in the following boroughs: 

Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon and Waltham Forest 

How to apply: 

The application window opens on Wednesday 08th September and closes on Sunday 24th October. We are encouraging organisations to apply as soon as possible as we will be making decisions on a weekly basis, starting from Thursday 16th September so we can get the funding to you more quickly this year. 

To apply, please complete our short online application form here

Get in touch :

If you have any questions or would like to arrange for an informal chat about your project idea, please email and one of the team will get back to you. 


*New* Sport for Development Learning Grant

We are currently looking to support 20 London Youth members on our Getting Active Programme 2021-2022 with grants of up to £3,000 to develop shared learning in Sport for Development work.  

Building on our focus to increase participation in sport and physical activity, we want to understand how sport can be used as tool in youth work to ensure young people are physically and emotionally well, have the skills, knowledge, and networks to work towards career goals, and are inspired and enabled to make positive contributions to their communities.  

This grant is designed to allow you to test an idea or expand on a pilot you may have tried already that uses physical activity as a tool to address one of the following thematic areas:   

  • Connecting Communities   
  • Mental and Physical Wellbeing   
  • Tackling Inequalities   
  • Skill Development   



The main focus of this grant is to develop shared learning and is designed to allow you to test an idea or expand on a pilot you may have tried already that uses physical activity as a tool for development with young people. As such, the grant does not have set targets or guidelines in terms of the focus of your work, the age or background of the young people you are working with, or the structure of the delivery.  

While there are no specific targets to meet, all projects should demonstrate how they work to achieve the two following key outcomes:  

  • Improved physical activity
  • Improved/increased skills (technical skills via an accreditation or qualification and/or essential skills such as communication and leadership)



Session 1 – Mid-December

Session 2 – Mid-March

Session 3 –  Mid-May


Delivery to be completed by end of May 2022 

Final reporting to be returned mid-June 2022 


Grant Eligibility and MEL Requirements :

While the grant doesn’t have a set delivery structure or targets, there are a few requirements to be eligible to receive this grant:    

  • You must be a current member on our Getting Active programme for 2021-2022 (and have successfully met DD requirements)  
  • Delivery of your project must be completed by end of May 2022, with all MEL requirements completed and returned by mid-June 2022   
  • A commitment to three learning sessions with your thematic group throughout the course of the project   


This grant is learning-centred, and as such requires a time commitment to MEL which should be reflected in your budget outline in your application (please include overall costs for MEL and staff time). The MEL requirements for this project are:   

  • 3 learning sessions with your thematic group   
  • One session to co-design the MEL for your project, including agreeing the outcomes you will focus on and agreeing appropriate data collection methods for your young people   
  • One session to discuss learnings with other members, LY Sports team, and external partners with expertise in the field   
  • One final reflective session to discuss challenges, successes, failures, and learnings from your project   
  • Basic demographics of young people via reporting tool    
  • Standardised point in time or reflective endpoint surveys    



Applications for this grant are now open, and applications can be completed here. Applications will close Friday, November 19th, 2021. Decisions will be communicated by November 29th, 2021 

You can find full guidance here: Sport for Development Learning Grant Guidance.

For more information about the Sport for Development Learning grant and a chance to ask any questions you may have, join one of our info sessions here: