A fund offering financial support for grassroots sport clubs will pause for applications on Thursday.

Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund was launched at the end of March as an emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on sport and physical exercise.

The fund, which has just been boosted by a further £15m of National Lottery money to meet demand, is designed to help community sport and physical activity organisations in England who are experiencing short-term financial hardship due to the ongoing covid-19 crisis.

Financial support for grassroots sport clubs of between £300-£10k

It provides awards from £300 to up to £10,000 to clubs and community organisations to help them with their immediate financial difficulties.

The fund has already helped thousands of organisations by covering costs such:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

FUND TO PAUSE ON 14TH MAY

More than 8,000 submissions have been made to the fund so far, with more than £16.7m having been awarded, but it is important to note that the fund will pause at 11.59pm on Thursday 14 May, to enable assessors to process all remaining applications as soon as possible.

You can find out more about it here, including information around eligibility and things to note before applying, and you can apply here. Good luck!

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