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Sport England Community Emergency Fund

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Sport England has launched a new £20 million Fund to help sports and community organisations delivering physical activities who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the Coronavirus crisis.

Who we'll fund

Any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity can apply to our fund if it’s experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. We'll be prioritising organisations that work with under-represented groups - see the fund criteria for more information.

The organisations that can apply include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

What we'll fund

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent 
  • Utility costs 
  • Insurances 
  • Facility or equipment hire 
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

Some examples of the sort of things our fund can help with are: 

  • Support a boxing club to pay for their utility bills and other costs for their facility when no activity is taking place 
  • Support a local league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which is now cancelled and therefore will not receive the money they had expected to cover the cost of that equipment.

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