Energise Me COVID-19 Funding for Physical Activity and Sport
People working in physical activity and sport are already feeling the financial impact of COVID-19. But the pandemic is also increasing inequalities in participation. The communities who were least likely to be active before are even less likely to be active now. But funders have acted quickly to make emergency funds available.
If you need support to apply for emergency COVID-19 funds then we’re here to help. Sophie and the rest of our team are happy to answer questions and offer advice for anyone who delivers or supports physical activity in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight.
Government Funding and Advice
The government has provided a wide range of support measures to help businesses and charities through COVID-19. These include leisure business rates relief and paying employees. You will need to have exhausted these options before applying to Sport England’s emergency fund.
Investing in Communities project
Energise Me and Sport England are launching a new Investing in Communities project. The project will support groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the wake of COVID-19. It aims to reduce widening inequalities in physical activity and sport.
Hop over to the Investing in Communities page to find out more.
Sport England Community Emergency Fund
This fund is designed to provide immediate funding of between £300 – £10,000 for those most in need. It is aimed at community organisations that enable or deliver physical activity or sport. This includes those who are not solely or primarily sports organisations but who play an important role in keeping people active.
The fund will prioritise those facing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to COVID-19. Money can be used to meet fixed costs, such as rent or bills, that are no longer supported by revenue.
Other Sport England Funds
Sport England has prioritised releasing details of its emergency fund to deal with immediate financial issues. However, it has also announced funds for sector partners and sector stimulation. Details will follow soon.
National Governing Bodies of Sport
National Governing Bodies are working hard to help their Sports to deal with COVID-19. So make sure you check in with yours to see what support is available to you.
We’re All Together
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation has launched this new fund to support local voluntary and community organisations. Charities and community groups can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £20,000. Acceptable projects include those that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained.
Other support and advice
- Take a look at our Sector Support and Getting Active at Home pages for more COVID-19 content.
- Hampshire County Council and all local authorities have COVID-19 pages with details of changes to services and funds. So make sure you take a look at your local council website.
- Action Hampshire has a detailed list of local and national funds for the wider community sector, as well as community news and resources.
- Good Finance has compiled an extensive list of funding, webinars and pro bono support.