Coupled with its direct public health impacts, the covid-19 pandemic has presented enormous financial challenges to grassroots sport clubs and organisations across the country. In response, a number of public funders have made available new funding packages to provide support and assistance to physical activity and sport bodies, clubs and organisations, along with the wider charitable sector.

We’ve rounded up a list of funding opportunities that have been announced in response to the pandemic.

Sport England Covid-19 Funding

Return to Play: Small Grants

This Sport England fund will make awards of between £300 and £15,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a covid-compliant way. It is open to ‘not-for-profit voluntary groups or sports clubs’, although it isn’t, however, open to football-only clubs.

The programme will remain open up to 30 June 2021. Certainly worth applying for.

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

Sport England’s second Return to Play fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.

Return to Play: Active Together

Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other covid-19 related needs.

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)

National Lottery Awards for All

A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000, and has a rolling deadline.

Reaching Communities

This programme offers over £10,000 for community-based projects – and that includes sports clubs – that last up to five years, and the deadline for applications is ongoing.


This programme offers a larger amount of funding (over £10,000) for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences. We expect this includes sports clubs, and has a rolling deadline.

We reckon your club has nothing to lose in applying for grants, funds that could provide a lifeline for so many clubs up and down the country. Good luck!


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