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The Fields in Trust County Fund is now open for applications, with funding available to Queen Elizabeth II Fields in a number of areas across the UK

Fields in Trust County Funds

Fields in Trust is the only national charity protecting and improving outdoor sport and recreational space for future generations. Through our work we create a legacy for sport and play in all communities. Since 1925, our aim has been to ensure that everyone – young or old, living in urban or rural areas – has access to free, local facilities for healthy outdoor activity.

Fields in Trust protects and supports a wide range of sites including playing fields, multi-sport pitches, children’s play areas, bicycle trails, nature reserves, country parks and many more.


The Funding Criteria


Funding is available to sites protected with Fields in Trust under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Please be aware that this is a small funding round and not all counties are eligible to receive funds.

  • Funding is available towards capital projects that meet one of the below objectives:
    • Increase participation in sport or play
    • Improve facilities for sport and play
    • Build community cohesion and well being
    • Enhance the local environment
  • Funding applications are welcomed from both landowners and user groups, however if you are a user group then a letter of consent from the landowner for the project detailed in your application will be required prior to any grant award being made.
  • Grant awards are made subject to acceptance of terms and conditions, to be set out by Fields in Trust upon award of the grant.
  • Grant payment will be made in full upon completion of the project and receipt by Fields in Trust of appropriate supporting documents.
  • Projects must be completed within six months of a grant award being made. Grant monies must be spent in accordance with the project detailed in your original application.
  • Please note that the maximum grant award available from any one application is £5,000, however we are able to accept multiple funding applications from one site for separate projects.

Examples of what we could fund include:

  • Playground equipment
  • Sports equipment and facilities
  • Improvements to existing facilities
  • Improvements to access at the facility
  • Outdoor fitness equipment

We cannot fund:

  • General running costs, including salaries
  • Revenue projects
  • Participation projects
  • One-off events
  • Projects which have already started
  • Recoverable VAT



Conditions of Grant

If your application is successful you must be prepared to work with us to promote the grant award. We also require progress reports on the project, within reason, against the key outcomes stated in your application.



Available Funding

Following the initial meetings of the grants committee unfortunately all available funding in Scotland and Wales, as well as Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, West Midlands and Wiltshire has now been awarded.

Funding remains available to sites protected with Fields in Trust as Queen Elizabeth II Fields in the following counties in England: North Yorkshire and Northumberland.

To view the amounts available to apply for in each county please view the application form.



How to Apply

Funding applications are now open. If you are interested in applying for a grant then please complete the application form as soon as possible. The first round of funding awards were made in early-February 2016 and the grants committee are meeting monthly until all funds have been awarded. Projects will need to be completed within six months of date of award.

If you have any queries then please email Jamie Grubb, Digital & Campaigns Officer on, or telephone 020 7427 2125.