Clubs, local authorities and educational institutions (schools, colleges and universities, etc) have the opportunity to come together with other local partner organisations to apply for capital funding to create a community tennis network in their area.
The funding is being provided through the Lawn Tennis Associations £125 million Transforming British Tennis Together Programme. The overall aim of the programme is to get more people playing tennis at a grassroots level by providing:
- Accessible facilities where people can play come rain or shine
- People to operate these facilities
- An easy way for players to find and book courts.
There is no upper limit to the amount that can be bid for and for each successful bid, the programme will provide up to 50% of the necessary funding, around half of which will come in the form of a grant and the remaining half as an interest free loan.
There will be two application rounds each year for the next ten years. Organisations struggling to find local partners can apply for funding through the Growing the Game fund. The Growing the Game fund is for single venues who want to help more people from their local community to play tennis and will fund up to 50% of each project (just like the Transforming British Tennis Together fund), however this will be primarily issued in the form of an interest free loan.
The next closing date for applications is the 28th February 2018.