The Office for Civil Society has given £2m from its £20m Social Action Fund to a new Community Games scheme, which will support local groups organising sports and cultural events to celebrate the London Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.
The organisations will use the funding to support about 2,000 local groups in England planning to hold events inspired by the 2012 Games. They will also offer an accredited training and mentoring programme for volunteers, which aims to create a "lasting legacy" of community volunteering, the OCS said.
An OCS spokesman said local groups should contact the CSPN for more details about involvement in the scheme.
Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said in a statement: "Community Games will provide the help and support people need to organise a run, a triathlon or even a dance contest in their local area this summer.
"This is all part of our drive to create a bigger, stronger society where people are empowered to make a difference to their community."