Sport England has launched a new fund that will support groups, clubs and organisations that have been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle Covid-19 and is part of the organisation’s overall response to the crisis that now includes more than £220m of government and National Lottery funding.
The Return to Play Fund is made up of three parts:
- a £10m Small grants which will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment;
- a £5m Community Asset Fund that will provide grants ranging in value from £10,001 to £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely;
- and a £1.5m Active Together Fund which is a crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis.
The Return to Play Fund will especially seek to support those groups and organisations working with audiences that Sport England have identified as finding it more difficult to be active at this time. These include:
- Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
- People on lower incomes
- Those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the crisis
- Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions
- Those who are experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.