Sport England has launched a £20 million Community Emergency Fund as part of an extensive funding package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The Sport England package is additional to any funding support provided by the Government.
£20 million Community Emergency Fund
This aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need and builds on the success of similar previous funds such as the Sport England Flood Relief Fund. This fund is specifically targeted at clubs and organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or are ceasing operations due to the impact of COVID-19. Organisations can apply for grants between £300 and £10,000.
The types of organisations eligible include clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.
A specific example might be a grant to support a local club paying costs for their facility when no activity is taking place, or a grant to support a club who have paid for equipment to run a competition which has now been cancelled. Further details on eligibility and criteria is available on the Sport England website.
More information on Sport England’s extensive funding package can be read here
Sport England have also added a Coronavirus page to Club Matters containing guidance, toolkits and case studies. This page will be regularly updated by Sport England.
We have included full details of this new funding support on our dedicated club support page.