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Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants

Summary: This £10 million fund focuses on awards of up to £10,000 that support clubs and community groups respond to the challenges of returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the latest lockdown, some running costs are also available for organisations in IMD 1-5.

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About Sport England Return to Play: Small Grants

The Return to Play: Small Grants fund seeks to support projects addressing the challenges coronavirus (Covid-19) has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity.

A total of £10 million is available, with grants of between £300 and £10,000, to help not-for-profit community organisations create coronavirus-secure settings for community sport and physical activity to resume this autumn.

The fund will have flexible priorities, to be able to best respond to the frequently changing challenges posed to community sport.

These could include having to deliver sport and physical activity in smaller groups, having the correct sanitation and safety equipment, not having enough sports equipment to safely deliver activities and having the appropriate training for club volunteers to ensure you're meeting the current guidelines - more information on which can be found at the links below.

Funding could therefore be used for minor amendments to facilities, additional sports equipment, signage, sanitation and training courses to help you deliver your activities safely.

Highest priority

  • Projects located in areas of high deprivation (decile 1-3 of the Indices of Deprivation). To see which decile your project location fits into, you can use this postcode checker.

Other funding priorities

  • Organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic 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 to utilise.

Fund Criteria Update - Responding to lockdown - 14th January 2021

Due to the announcement of the new national lockdown measures, we are adapting the Return to Play Small Grants programme to help further. These changes include:

  • Organisations based in Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 1-5 can now seek support towards ongoing running costs - for example rent, utilities and insurance. This is capped at a maximum of £3,000 and will only be considered with an eligible funding request. We won't solely support only running costs. Please see more details in the 'what we can fund' section.
  • Eligible organisations/activities in IMD 6-10 locations can apply to our crowdfunding option, Return to Play: Active Together, to seek support towards running costs.
  • Flexibility over start date - we ask that activity resumes within six weeks of national/local lockdown restrictions being lifted.
  • We've increased our total budget by £5 million to support more organisations.
  • We're now extending the programme and it will remain open up to 30 June 2021.

Existing Awardees - If you're in an organisation already in receipt of Return to Play: Small Grants funding, are located in IMD 1-5 - you can find your location here - and are now eligible for running cost support, please consider the points listed on the Sport England link below.

These are just the summary points, further information can be found on our website, for both potential and existing awardees, regarding the programme and the changes:

Flood Damaged Facilities

Please note, this fund will be paused to new applications from 5pm on Friday 30 April. Any applications which have been started, can't be submitted after this time.

Emergency flood relief funding is being made available to community sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations to help them restore flood-damaged facilities.

Organisations from the areas worst affected by recent flooding caused by Storm Christoph are now eligible to apply to our Return to Play Fund, which has been bolstered by the addition of a targeted flood relief option. Further information on most affected areas and criteria can be seen here;

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