Opportunities through sport and physical activity


Creating access to opportunities for sport and physical activity at a grassroots level that enable people across the UK who are physically, mentally, socially or economically disadvantaged to develop personal and life skills to fulfil their potential.


Location: We accept applications for this programme from charities and CASCs throughout the United Kingdom.

Type of funding: We will consider applications for capital, revenue or project funding.


Funding priorities


Our Trustees prioritise applications for physical activity initiatives that:  

  • Offer high-impact, life-enhancing opportunities for those who live in the top 10% of areas of deprivation  


  • Remove barriers to participation for disabled or disadvantaged people   


  • Focus on grassroots involvement rather than elite participation in physical activity  


  • Focus on skills development and confidence building for individuals  


  • Incorporate effective strategies for wider impact, perhaps through training, partnerships and/or dissemination activities  


  • Demonstrate a high degree of involvement across the organisation from beneficiaries and those with lived experience  


  • Have a well-developed plan for sustainability and seek to deliver a legacy  


  • Reflect our values:   

* Excellence - Supporting and implementing best practice  

* Entrepreneurship - Operating with ambition, inspiration and determination  

* Integrity - Acting responsibly, respectfully, reflectively and transparently  

* Sustainability - Empowering stakeholders to deliver a legacy  


Funding Levels

We provide two levels of funding:

Major grants: between £5,001 and £30,000
  • All charities and CASCs seeking a major grant should apply to PHF directly.
Small grants: up to £5,000
  • We prioritise applications from organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000
    • Projects in Surrey - Surrey charities and CASCs seeking small grants should apply directly to the Community Foundation Surrey which manages these grants for PHF https://www.cfsurrey.org.uk/makeanapplication/. Any applications PHF receives for small grants in Surrey will be transferred to the Community Foundation Surrey.
    • Projects anywhere else in the UK - Charities and CASCs seeking small grants for projects to be delivered outside of Surrey should apply to PHF directly.