STAGING Sport England - funding for Active Women programmes - British Rowing

Sport England – funding for Active Women programmes

The Active Women funding programme is open to applicants from rowing clubs and educational establishments (such as schools, colleges and universities) which provide participation opportunities in community sport.  The focus is about investing in the development of people working in a voluntary or professional capacity to grow and sustain participation rather than on buildings or boats.    Projects must be targeted at

  • raising participation for women of 16 years and over in disadvantaged communities
  • women caring for children Under 16.

Sport England stress that if you wish to apply to the Active Women Themed Round, you must ensure that your project has a strong focus on one or both of these two highlighted groups. Only those projects which directly address the objectives will be funded.


Sport England accepts that successful projects may involve women and children or families participating in sport together. However, the focus of the project must be the women involved.  Activity for pupils taking place within school curriculum time is not eligible for funding.

Applications should reflect an understanding of the barriers relevant to the project’s local area. This can be achieved by carrying out consultations with potential participants.  Please have a look at the video link on our CSP pages to see an interview with a number of women and why they have started rowing.

Participants of projects targeting women in disadvantaged communities must be from one of the top 20% most deprived areas in the country.  (The Communities and Local Government website provides the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2007 at Lower Super Output Area (LSOA).

Sport England can support both new and / or existing projects so long as they meet the programme criteria. Existing projects will need to demonstrate that they are expanding the scope or scale of the project.

Read more about the programme, the challenges and the criteria at

or contact your Coaching Development Officer 
or  Simon Dickie –