As the country deals and adapts to life with Covid-19, Sport England have acknowledged the difficulties faced by the sport sector by introducing a £195 million emergency funding package to aid those in most need.
Sport England are dedicated to ensuring that the sport sector quickly adapts to changes in the way society operates.
About the package:
The package which is a combination of National Lottery and Government funding consists of:
Community Emergency Fund ('CEF'): a £20 million fund will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations with grants between £300 and £10,000 available. The CEF aims to deliver immediate funding to organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.
The CEF will aid community sport and physical activity organisations to meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of Covid19, including; rent, utility costs, insurances, facility or equipment hire, core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds and retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.
Sector Partner Fund ('SPF'): £5 million has been made available for existing Sport England partners including their network of Active Partnerships and national governing bodies. The SPF will be available if bespoke criteria are met, for example any instances of immediate financial distress, such as a national governing body who has been forced to cancel and event which would have generated vital income for the organisation.
Sector Stimulation: £55 million has been made available to support the sport sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active. Sport England believe financial support will also be needed to support and stimulate the sector once restrictions are lifted, and that organisations will need help getting back to business and adjusting to a different working environment. Support is also to be made available to re-engage front line staff, coaches and other volunteers to be ready to respond as activity habits return or change.
Key Partner Rollover Fund: In light of the ongoing cash flow concerns faced by many within the sector, Sport England have agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards), meaning additional funding of £115 million will be made available sooner. This fund will give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners for the next two years and will allow these organisations to focus on the longer-term response to the enormous challenge that the sector now faces.
The partners likely to be included are established governing bodies, Active Partnerships and wider sector partners who play a pivotal role in getting and keeping the nation active.
Sport England Chief Executive Tim Hollingsworth said; “We want the sector not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future and this package will ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to that.”