COVID-19 funding for physical activity and sport

People working in physical activity and sport are already feeling the financial impact of COVID-19. But the pandemic is also increasing inequalities in participation. The communities who were least likely to be active before are even less likely to be active now. But funders have acted quickly to make emergency funds available.

If you need support to apply for emergency COVID-19 funds then we’re here to help. Sophie and the rest of our team are happy to answer questions and offer advice for anyone who delivers or supports physical activity in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight.

Government Funding and Advice

The government has provided a wide range of support measures to help businesses and charities through COVID-19. These include leisure business rates relief and paying employees. You will need to have exhausted these options before applying to Sport England’s emergency fund.

Take a look at government funding advice

Investing in Communities project

Energise Me and Sport England are launching a new Investing in Communities project. The project will support groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the wake of COVID-19. It aims to reduce widening inequalities in physical activity and sport.

Hop over to the Investing in Communities page to find out more.

Sport England Return to Play Fund

Return to Play funding from Sport England is designed to help sport and activity groups respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

3 strands of funding can help clubs and organisations return to being active in a safe way, offering grants ranging from £300 to £50,000.

The Fund seeks to support groups and organisations working with identified audiences who are finding it more difficult to be active.

Find out more and apply

Other Sport England Funds

Sport England regularly update their website with more information on funds as well as updated guidance on what restrictions mean for the sport and physical activity sector.

Keep an eye on Sport England’s website for details

National Governing Bodies of Sport

National Governing Bodies are working hard to help their Sports to deal with COVID-19. So make sure you check in with yours to see what support is available to you.

Find your National Governing Body

Other support and advice

Action Hampshire

Action Hampshire has a detailed list of local and national funds for the wider community sector, as well as community news and resources.

Visit site

Good Finance

Good Finance has compiled an extensive list of funding, webinars and pro bono support.

Visit site

Get in touch

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