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Project Re-Boot: Activate

Get up to £5,000 Project Re-Boot: Activate is the next phase of funding to help clubs and community groups Build Back Better. This investment programme has been set up to support the sports sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Northern Ireland. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding. Start or continue adding your project at  and, if eligible, you’ll be prompted to apply. Have a look at the videos below which will explain the process in more detail. This investment aims to support projects and initiatives that are creative and innovative and will engage or re-engage people back into sport, specifically those who have been most adversely affected by the pandemic. Applications should focus particularly on people from at least one of the following priority groups:

  • Women & girls;
  • People with disabilities;
  • People with long term limiting illness;
  • Children & young people – especially those aged between 11-18 years;
  • Older people aged over 50;
  • Ethnically diverse communities;
  • People on a low income;
  • Families;
  • People living in areas of greatest need.

Our match investment, of up to £5,000, aims to help the sports sector on the road to recovery. To be eligible to apply you must be one of the following organisations:

  • A constituted sports club which is affiliated to a governing body of sport recognised by Sport NI, you can find the most recent list of recognised governing bodies on our website at
  • A community/voluntary organisation sector organisation that delivers or enables sport and/or physical recreation as your primary activity. Sports and activities must be recognised by Sport NI .
  • A charitable trust that delivers or enables sport and/or physical recreation as your primary activity. Sports and activities must be recognised by Sport NI.

This fund is designed to help grassroots sport and physical recreation which means we are not able to help the following organisations through this fund:

  • Governing Bodies of Sport and affiliated entities e.g leagues/ county boards/ schools associations.
  • Local authorities.
  • Schools, colleges and universities, including Parent Teacher Associations and Alumni organisations.
  • Commercial sport and physical recreation providers, e.g. private gyms.
  • Leisure operators.
  • Individuals who are either employed or self-employed within the sport and physical recreation sector.

Pledge Criteria If your application is approved, you’ll get match funding of up to 50% towards your initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £5,000. This offer will be valid for 4 weeks after the date of notification, if you do not launch your crowdfunding campaign within 4 weeks of notification the offer will be rescinded. Following approval for funding, if you wish to make any changes to your campaign target, or any significant changes to your rewards or other page content you must notify us. To receive a pledge, you will need to do two things (the ‘fund conditions’):

1) Raise at least 25% of your initial target,

2) Raise this from a minimum number of supporters. To verify whether Supporters are unique we will take account of information including, but not limited to: name, address, email addresses and payment card used. The minimum number of unique Supporters required is 25: Following receipt of a pledge you will also need to reach 100% of your initial funding target to receive the funds from Sport Northern Ireland. If the project fails to reach 100% of the target the Sport Northern Ireland pledge will be cancelled. Note – Sport Northern Ireland reserve the right to vary these pledge criteria; projects will be notified if their pledge criteria will vary from the stated terms above. Before completing your application you will need to please read the full Eligibility and Pledge Criteria which will be finalised and available in the coming weeks. Funded projects will be required to agree to the terms and conditions of award which will be available for review in the coming weeks.

For a list of Recognised Governing Bodies of sport please click here

Applicants will be offered support during the application process, Sport NI staff will be on hand to answer any questions or queries that you may have. Crowdfunder will deliver a suite of online training tutorials and videos which will guide applicants from developing  your initial project idea, right through to delivery.

Have you got questions? Get in touch via e-mail:

Watch the webinar which is an introduction for crowdfunding and the Project Re-Boot: Activate fund, hosted by Crowdfunder and Sport NI with guest speaker from Gateshead & Wickham Swimming Club ⬇️  

Please see some examples of case studies below involving successful Crowdfunding in the sport sector: Ballymacash Rangers Dungannon RFC