Funding - Sport England Provides £195m Coronavirus Support Package

Up to £195 million of funding is being made available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The £195 million package, which is a combination of National Lottery and Government funding, is made up of the following:

· A £20 million Community Emergency Fund provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 to clubs and community organisations.

· A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they 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 cashflow concerns in the sector, Sport England has also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to its partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.

The package follows Sport England’s 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.

Applications are currently being accepted to the £20 million Community Emergency Fund from any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity if it is experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. Further information can be found on the Sport England website:

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