Sport England: GBP 195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus

Sport England is making up to GBP 195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following:

  • A  GBP 20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between GBP 300 and GBP 10,000 are available
  • A GBP 5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional GBP 55 million to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment
  • A GBP 115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

Alongside this, given cashflow concerns in the sector, Sport England has also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to its partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.

The package follows the recent decision to offer major flexibilities to those who currently receive funding – including the ability to change timings, key performance indicators, targets and conditions, and redirect money to new activity in response to coronavirus.