Two Sport England Funding Grants

Sports England, yesterday, opened two funding programmes with a rapid decision-making process.

  • The Return to Play: Small Grants Fund seeks to support projects addressing the challenges Covid-19 has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity. A total of £10m is available, with grants of between £300 and £10K, to help not-for-profit community organisations create coronavirus-secure settings for community sport and physical activity to resume this autumn.  Projects must be able to start work within 6 weeks of funding approval.  Priority is given to:
  • > Projects located in areas of high deprivation (IMD decile 1-3)
  • > Organisations working with BAME communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.
  • > Organisations that don’t have a significant level of reserve funding available.
  • Funds may support:
  • > Minor facility alterations to meet social distancing requirements, changes required to meet published government guidance, other covid-related adaptations.
  • > Service alterations to support new ways of delivering activity, additional coaching/facility hire costs as a direct result of reduction in group sizes, volunteer training costs.
  • > Operational alterations including signage/floor markings, pre-visit guidance/communications, cleaning and hygiene regimes or additional sports equipment to minimise sharing.

More information and application form:

The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund provides capital funding of between £10K – £50K to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely.  The fund operates the above same priorities, but particularly welcomes applications from organisations seeking to implement adaptations needed to ensure clubs and community facilities can reopen safely and operate within the government’s/NGB’s rules and guidance. Works must be fixed permanent, or semi-permanent capital works and applications for non-coronavirus related works are not eligible.

  • Funds may support:
  • > Adaptions to the use of a place or space to meet return to play guidance.
  • > Conversions to an existing space to help meet social distancing requirements.
  • > Improvements to other buildings or open spaces to enable activity to take place as a temporary arrangement.
  • > Covering an outdoor area or install temporary floodlights to enable activity to take place.

More information and application form: