Sport England have announced a new 'Return to Play Fund' fund of £16.5 million to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who have been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease, and is part of the overall response to the crisis that now includes more than £220m of government and National Lottery funding.
Clubs wishing to avail themselves of this opportunity should review the funding criteria explained on the Sport England website. Projects need to be 'ready to go' and must start within six weeks of confirmation of funding.
The fund, which welcomes applications from today, is made up of three parts.
£10m - Return to Play: Small Grants
This 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.
It'll help community sport respond to the challenges posed, such as having to deliver in smaller groups, having the correct hygiene and safety equipment and giving training to club volunteers.
It'll also cover making necessary changes to facilities, supplying additional sports equipment and new signage to meet current government and national governing body rules and guidance.
£5m - Return to Play: Community Asset Fund
This will provide grants ranging in value from £10,001 to £50,000. It'll help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.
This will include helping groups, clubs and organisations address the challenges they're facing by:
£1.5m - Return to Play: Active Together
This crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis.
It's a great alternative if they don't meet the priority groups of the other parts of the Return to Play package, and we'll match crowd funds of up to £10,000 to help cover the loss of income.
The partnership with Crowdfunder will also include advice, guidance and training to help create successful campaigns.
The Return to Play Fund will especially seek to support those groups and organisations working with audiences identified as finding it more difficult to be active at this time.
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