Summer Sports Activity Fund

The Summer Sports Activity Fund is part of the Mayor's Sport Unites programme and Young Londoners Fund. It will provide funding for projects that use sport over the school summer holidays to engage young people who are at risk of getting involved in crime. 

Grants of £5,000 to £10,000 are available and the delivery of projects should be completed within six weeks (minimum four weeks) and must be completed within the school summer holidays. 

Applications are now closed - 43 projects have been successfully selected. Please see the list of projects funded.

What can I get a Summer Activity grant for?

If your project involves costs for the following, we will pay for it (as long as the total is within the maximum limit of your grant, and you can show how the various things are needed).

  • Venue hire costs: for example, what it costs you to rent a hall or other kind of space to run your project
  • Coaching fees and other costs directly related to the running of your project
  • Equipment: the hire or purchase of any smaller items of equipment or clothing you may need to run your project – including specially adapted items to ensure equal access and opportunity
  • Transport: to help you, your staff and volunteers and the people coming to your project get there and back
  • Refreshments: for you, your staff and volunteers, and the people coming to your project (food, and soft drinks only)
  • Other volunteer costs: for example, t-shirts to make them feel part of your team
  • Marketing: so that you can spread the word and make sure people know to come
  • ‘Core costs’: by this we mean a contribution to your management and admin salaries, general office costs and other overheads that aren’t directly related to the running of your project. We would not expect your core costs to exceed 15-20 per cent of your total project budget

What types of projects are you looking for?

We are looking for initiatives that:

  • Provide convenient, affordable, local activities for ‘at-risk’ Young Londoners. We classify an ‘at-risk’ young person as someone who has previously committed a crime or is likely to commit a crime. We would expect to see how ‘at-risk’ young people have been referred or recruited to your project
  • Primarily take place in areas with a high rate of Serious Youth Violence. Geographical areas with higher rates of Serious Youth Violence will be prioritised
  • Projects that use sport (and can include additional means such as art, wellbeing activities etc.) to engage young people at risk of getting involved in crime

Sport means various kinds of physical activities that bring people entertainment, enjoyment and relaxation, from traditional sports to alternative activities such as dance, yoga and running.

Who can apply?

Formal or informal groups and organisations based anywhere in Greater London.


  • You must be an organisation that is working in your local community
  • You don’t have to be formally constituted or a registered charity. However, you must have a UK bank account with two unrelated signatories or be able to nominate an organisation that can accept a grant on your behalf

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