The programme which is expected to open to other areas of England in future funding rounds is currently inviting constituted sports clubs and organisations to apply for kit and equipment worth between £100 and £2,000.
Community groups and charities in London, Greater London, Scotland and Wales can apply for this round as long as they can provide proof that they are a constituted organisation and hold their own bank account. Registered charities should have a financial reserves strategy in place.
Funding is available for sports equipment and kits, including the following:
- Replacement of worn-out equipment and kits.
- A bank of new kits and equipment to support the launch of a new sports project.
- New kit and equipment which will expand capacity to meet demand for activities.
- Kit and equipment which will promote the inclusion of the disadvantaged or minorities within sports.
Applications must demonstrate that the equipment will have a lasting impact and reasonable lifetime of usage. The project must demonstrate a sustainable impact beyond its original duration and that it will positively impact the local community. Priority will be given to projects that are creative, far-reaching and will leave a long-term impact once completed.
The Trust especially welcomes applications for projects that are focused on improving life for disadvantaged groups and encouraging their inclusion within sporting activities.
Applications should be made through the online form which will allow the users to select their desired items through a system called Gift of Kit - a supplier of branded kit and equipment.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said:
"2015 is an exciting year for players of People's Postcode Lottery, who are already seeing £2 million of funding awarded in the inaugural year of the Community Grants programme alone. The new Community Sports initiative is an exciting extension of this which offers sports teams and clubs the opportunity to gain the vital kit and equipment to support participation in local sport, active lifestyles and the next generation of British athletes."
Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to provide financial support to charities and community groups that support environmental protection, community development, engagement in sport, advancement of health, promotion of human rights and prevention of poverty.
Full details can be found on the Postcode Community Trust website
Source: Postcode Community Trust, 01/10/2015