Sport England has today confirmed that it is making up to £195m of funding available to help the community sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Coronavirus Covid-19 crisis.
The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following:
A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.
A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if the are facing specific financial difficulty
An additional £55 million to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment
A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.
Alongside this, given cash flow concerns in the sector, Sport England have also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.
The package follows the recent decision to offer major flexibilities to those who currently receive funding – including the ability to change timings, key performance indicators, targets and conditions, and redirect money to new activity in response to Coronavirus.
Full details about the funding package is available on the Sport England website.