Status: Open to applications
Deadline: 20th August, 2018


Grants are available to organisations for projects using innovative approaches to tackle the barriers to integration and build integrated communities in England.


Fund Value: £ 7,000,000

Value Notes 

There is a total budget of £7 million.

There is no minimum or maximum amount of funding for which applicants can apply; however, the value for money the project offers will be one of the criteria used to assess full applications, as part of stage two.

Funding is only available for 2018/19 and 2019/20. For projects that run beyond 2019/20, applicants will be required to secure alternate means of funding.

Extended Description

In partnership with Sport England, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched the new £7 million Integrated Communities Innovation Fund.

This fund is intended to support ‘trailblazing approaches’ to building more integrated communities in England. It aims to ‘help drive forward’ the proposals to tackle the key causes of poor integration set out in the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper published in March 2018.

The funding is for projects that use sport and physical activity to encourage the integration.

It will support approaches which address the breadth of factors which can lead to poor integration, including:

  • The level and pace of migration.
  • Labour market disadvantage.
  • Residential segregation and segregation in schools.
  • A lack of meaningful social mixing and certain religious and cultural values and attitudes.

Latest Information

The deadline for first stage Expressions of Interest is 20 August 2018 (23:45).

Key Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based in England.
  • Be legally constituted organisations or have statutory powers.
  • Have a registered bank account in the name of the organisation, and be able to demonstrate fair and transparent governance arrangements.
  • Show, if working with children or vulnerable adults, appropriate safeguarding policies, as part of stage two of the application process.

Eligability Expendeture

The funding is for revenue costs for projects that meet the following:

  • The beneficiaries must be based in England.
  • Approaches must be capable of being delivered to at least 300 participants during the funding period.
  • The funding is for delivery of the agreed-upon project only and will cover costs such as payment to administrators supporting the projects and volunteer expenses, for example.
  • The funding cannot be used for anything other than the delivery of the approach identified by applicants; delivery does not include organisational salaries, PR, marketing and related events organised by the applicant.
  • Costs for sport-based integration projects must be project specific and additional to existing expenditure. Equipment up to the value of £10,000 will be deemed revenue expenditure.

Sports-based integration projects must not have started yet and:

  • Be not-for-profit and address a need not met by the non-profit sector.
  • Meet the requirements set out within ‘A Code for Sports Governance’ relevant to the level of investment.
  • Be focused on sports which are recognised by Sport England and aligned with Sport England’s strategic aims.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals, sole traders and limited liability partnerships.
  • Organisations formed within the last two years.
  • Projects which promote religious beliefs.
  • Contingency costs, loans, endowments of interest payments and recoverable VAT.
  • Capital items.
  • English as a Second Language (ESOL) provision as the primary outcome. (A new infrastructure fund is being developed for local authorities.)

Application Procedure

There is a two-stage application process.

Guidelines and the Expression of Interest form can be found on GOV.UK.

Enquiries and the completed Expression of Interest form should be sent by email to

Addresses and contacts 

Application forms may be available on their website.

Contact details:
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) 
Fry Building 
2 Marsham Street 
030 3444 0000