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Multi-Facility Fund


The Multi-Facility Fund is a new capital grants programme managed and administered by Sport Northern Ireland. The programme is financed by National Lottery funds.


The proposed aims of the capital investment programme are:


  • To partially address identified sports facility deficits;


  • To positively contribute to targets outlined in The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation (2009-2019) – Sport Matters;


  • To positively contribute to objectives of Sport Northern Ireland’s Corporate Plan.



Strategic priorities


The Multi-Facility Fund will prioritise projects that:


  • Create a multi-facility environment (with a mixture of indoor and / or outdoor provision). Sport NI defines ‘multi-facility’ as:


“Four or more different sports facility types located on a single site.”


An example of a multi-facility project could include a natural turf pitch; synthetic pitch, sports hall, and a fitness suite.


  • Address identified sports facility deficits.
  • Can demonstrate consultation/support from three or more Sport NI recognised Governing Bodies of Sport and deliver against their local priorities.


  • Have a long-term sustainable sports development plan which details programmed activity, aimed at significantly increasing participation.



Who can apply?


Following submissions of a Stage 1 Applications, 39 projects have been shortlisted to proceed to Stage 2.


Only those applicants that have been notified that they have been successful at Stage 1 will be eligible to submit a Stage 2 Application.



What is the maximum award?


Grants range from £100,000 to £1,000,000.


The indicative programme budget will be c£6.75m.



Opening/Closing date




Completed application forms must be submitted to Sport Northern Ireland no later than Friday 22 March 2019 at 4pm. (Please note that this date has now been extended to Friday 24 May 2019 at 4pm





Click link below to access the online grant portal (Stage 1 successful applicants whom have been notified)


The Stage 2 Application process opened on 26th October 2018. 

* Returning Applicants – Please click to resume

(For the applicants who have already started an application form.)

Please refer to Stage 2 Clarifications in the Guidance section




Stage 2 Workshop Presentation

Stage 2 Information & Guidance booklet

Invitation to User group guidance

Managing and operating multiple sports facilities guidance

Stage 2 Clarifications




The following templates must be used with your Stage 2 Application.


Please note that alternative formats will not be accepted.


Consultation report template

Intention to Use template

Proposed Timetable of Use template

Sports Development Plan template





Sport Northern Ireland has hosted a number of Stage 2 Workshops throughout Northern Ireland to inform Stage 2 applicants of the details of the programme.


These sessions are only open to applicants that have been selected to proceed to Stage 2.


For further information on the Multi-Facility Fund please contact Sport Northern Ireland’s Capital team on 028 9038 1222 or via email