What we look for in applications for Facilities Grants

The Trust’s Facilities Grants Programme focuses on building, renovating and modernising facilities in London and Surrey which enable people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background.

We support organisations which share this aim by funding inspirational and sustainable facilities projects that will have a lasting impact on physical activity levels among the communities they serve.

We have listed below some of the key questions that we hope you will address in your application, as well as examples of evidence that you can provide. This will help us to evaluate the potential impact of your project on our objectives.

Assessment Area Key Questions Examples of Evidence
Need What are you trying to achieve and why? - Consultation findings

- Surveys / questionnaires

- Needs assessment and feasibility testing

- Condition surveys

- Use of research and insight

- Testimonials / letters of support

- Reference to relevant strategies and policies

- Photographs
Why is the project needed to address key issues and meet the needs of your target groups?
Is there a clear link between the facility improvements and what you are trying to achieve in terms of encouraging and supporting people to become and remain physically active?
Have you demonstrated demand and support for the project from the local community and your target audiences?
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?
Impact What impact will the project have on encouraging and supporting people to become and remain physically active? - Appropriate offer and delivery model

- Community outreach and engagement strategies

- Activation plans

- Measurable outcomes and outputs

- Programmes of use

- Monitoring and evaluation frameworks

- Partnership agreements

- Risk registers
What type of programmes will the improved facilities support and how will this meet the needs of your target audiences?
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?
Sustainability How will you ensure that the facilities and associated activity programme are sustainable in the long term? - Business plans

- Income generation strategies

- Income and expenditure forecasts

- Management plans

- Staffing structures

- Marketing plans

- Maintenance schedules

- Fundraising strategies

- Sinking funds

- Secured revenue funding
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?
Ability to deliver Do you have a successful track record of encouraging and supporting people to become and remain physically active? - Case studies

- Impact reports

- Governing documents

- Staffing structures

- Project plans

- Testimonials / letters of support
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?
Value for money Do the proposed facility improvements represent good value for money? - Project budgets

- Measurable outcomes and outputs

- Partnership agreements

- Funding commitments
Will the project’s impact and outcomes represent a significant return on investment?
Is partnership funding being secured that adds value to The Trust’s investment?