What We Fund

Our Assessment Criteria

Once we have determined that your organisation and application are eligible, we will then assess eligible applications against the following criteria:

1. Need

  • What are you trying to achieve and why?
  • Why is the project needed to address issues and meet the needs of your target groups?
  • Is there a clear link between the capital project and what you are trying to achieve in terms of increasing participation in physical activity/sport/play and tackling inactivity?
  • Have you demonstrated demand and support for the project from the project’s beneficiaries and the local community?
  • Have you used research to underpin the needs case for the project?
  • Is there a strategic need for the project which is recognised by partners?

2. Impact

  • What impact will the project have on increasing participation in physical activity/sport/play and tackling inactivity?
  • What type of programmes will the improved facilities support and how will this meet the needs of your target groups?
  • Have you identified appropriate outcomes and set clear targets for the project?
  • How will you monitor, measure and evaluate the impact of the project?
  • What partnerships are in place to maximise the impact of the project?
  • What will happen if the project does not go ahead?

3. Sustainability

  • How will you ensure that the facilities and associated activity programme are sustainable in the long term?
  • Are appropriate management, maintenance and marketing plans in place to ensure the sustainability of the facilities?
  • Can your organisation demonstrate resilience and clear plans for the long term sustainable operation of the project site?
  • Are appropriate revenue plans and funding commitments in place to ensure that the facilities are well used and properly maintained?
  • How will you upgrade or replace the facilities once they reach the end of their life?

4. Ability to deliver

  • Do you have a successful track record of engaging and supporting participants, especially those who are new to physical activity, sport and/or play?
  • Are appropriate governance and management arrangements in place to ensure the project is delivered successfully?
  • Does your organisation have the capacity to deliver the project successfully?

5. Value for money

  • Do the proposed capital works represent good value for money?
  • Will the project’s impact and outcomes represent a significant return on investment?
  • Is partnership funding being secured which adds value to The Trust’s investment?