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Children and Young People Investment Fund

The aim of the Children & Young People Investment Fund is to make it easier for young people to get active – and stay active.

What is the Children and Young People Investment Fund?

This fund is now open and will remain open until Friday 25th October (or until all funding is allocated). Projects must start by Monday 4th November 2024.

The aim of the Children & Young People Investment Fund is to make it easier for young people to get active – and stay active. The projects provide opportunities to take part regularly in sport and activity through the creation of enjoyable, appealing and convenient opportunities for young people that are based around their needs. The clubs have helped thousands of young people get active and our support to the programme will continue under Sport England’s strategy ‘Uniting the movement’.

Children and Young People Investment Fund report

Our report below looks at the numbers around how the fund succeed in supporting groups most at risk of low activity levels, moving them into higher rates of activity and their changing attitudes toward sport and exercise. It analyses survey responses from April 2020 onward.

Children and Young People Investment Fund report

CYP Investment Fund expression of interest form

Prior to any applications being received, we would like to know a little about your proposed project. Please read through the core principles and impact before answering the expression of interest questions and returning them to awright@activesussex.org

Who can be funded?

Applications are open to:

  • Registered Charities
  • Not-for-profit voluntary organisations
  • Community clubs
  • Not-for-profit companies
  • Community Interest Companies or other social enterprises
  • Charitable incorporated organisations
  • Registered societies
  • Education establishments
  • Local Authorities


Age categories that we can support:

  • 5-11 yrs (Junior school)
  • 12-16 yrs (Secondary school)
  • 17-19 yrs (College age)


Applications must prioritise one of the following categories:

  • Low Income families (Identified by the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index) or children on Free School Meals data.
  • Targeted activities for Children & Young People with Physical or Learning Disabilities.
  • Targeted activities for Black & South Asian children & young people.
  • Girls only activity.


Applications with at least one of the elements above may also consider to support one of the following areas:

  •  Targeted referrals and positive activity for young people at risk of crime.
  • Activity that promotes mental wellbeing

What can be funded?

We expect funding to be used to offer new or additional activity that gets targeted groups of children and young people more active. The funding can be used for one or more of the following items;

  • Coaching
  • Coach development
  • Facility hire
  • Equipment
  • Marketing

Please note that this is the final round of funding, so it is even more important than ever that all projects:

1. Can be sustained beyond the funding period.
2. Include an element of workforce development.
3. Listen to and learn from the needs of the young people that you are engaging with.
4. Have considered the environmental impact of this project, and there are actions that you or your organisation are taking to reduce this?

Please note, large scale capital / building works are not eligible items of expenditure.

This video shows impact from the Marina Dance Studios Y.E.S. Project in Crawley from the last academic year (2022-23).

Case Study - Active Hastings

Active Hastings used funding from the CYP Investment Fund and the Safer Hastings Partnership to support projects engaging young people living in areas of income deprivation in physical activity.

Case study - Up-Grade Training and Therapy Ltd

Up-Grade Training and Therapy Ltd used funding from the CYP Investment Fund and Active Rother to create the Fusion Tutor Project, to upskill young people in Bexhill, East Sussex.

Case Study - Futsal Stars

This funded project enabled equal opportunities and social inclusion for young people within Newhaven communities, through a football and futsal holiday camp.

Case Study - Futsal Stars

Andy Wright

Strategic Relationship Manager

Andy is the Strategic lead for all Children & Young People focussed work. He works with schools, clubs, coaches, and physical activity providers to increase opportunities for young people to get more active.

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