£16.5million Return to Play Fund


In March, Sport England committed a financial package of up to £195 million of government and National Lottery funding, to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing crisis. 

In May this was boosted by a further £15m in the pot for the Community Emergency Fund, bringing the total pot to £210m.

The Return to Play Fund was added in October, totalling £16.5m – £10.5m of which is new funding, with £6m being repurposed from the initial £210m pot – and consisting of three separate funding strands.

£16.5m Return to Play Fund

There are three parts to this new fund. Two have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, with one extended, and all three will now focus on supporting a safe return to play.

Return to Play: Small Grants will make awards of between £300 and £10,000, 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 coronavirus-safe way.

This could include the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund will make awards of between £10,001 to £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.

This could include the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility’s ventilation.

Return to Play: Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a pot of £1.5m.

This will help clubs and organisations raise money to cover losses of income due to coronavirus, and the partnership with Crowdfunder includes advice, guidance and training to help create a successful campaign.

Find more details on the funds here.


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