Sport England: Return to Play – Small Grants

Covid 19 Sports

Sport England’s Return to Play – Small Grants fund makes awards of up to £10,000 to support clubs and community groups respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

Awards are to help with essential changes to services or facilities and for new projects responding to the need to offer alternatives as a result of the pandemic.

This could include contributing to covering the increased costs due to changing how or where you deliver your activity – for example, you require more coaches due to having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal or having additional hygiene and safety equipment.

Funding could also be used for minor amendments to facilities to allow social distancing, additional sports equipment to minimise sharing, and training courses to help you deliver your activities safely. New or adapted projects that respond to the needs of participants and help people to get active again will also be considered.

To grant has two priorities:

  1. Highest priority: Projects located in areas of high deprivation (decile 1-3 of the Indices of Deprivation), as we know that organisations in the most deprived areas have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic. To see which decile your project location fits into, you can use this postcode checker.
  2. Applications from organisations working with communities who’ve suffered worse health outcomes and the most significantly reduced activity levels as a result of the pandemic are particularly encouraged. Currently, insight shows this to be girls and women, young people aged 16-24 and older people aged 70+.

Sport England always try to address inequalities through their funding so encourage applications from organisations who support people on low incomes, people with a long-term health condition or disabled people, Black, Asian and other diverse communities, and LGBTQ+ people.

Only organisations based in, or are supporting, IMD 1-3 (Indices of Deprivation) can seek support towards ongoing running costs – for example, rent, utilities and insurance. This is capped at a maximum of £1,000 and will only be considered with an eligible funding request i.e. running costs are not soley supported.

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme until the end of 2021.

This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Find out more’ and contact the funder directly for more information.

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