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Fund title: Sport England: Return to Play

Focus of fund/fund aims:

A set of three grant schemes to help sports clubs and organisations to put in place measures to help people take part in sports and physical activities in a coronavirus-safe way

Application deadline:

Open to applications - decisions within three weeks

Fund description:

Sport England has launched a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Return to Play fund is made up of three schemes focusing on a safe return to play and improving access to sport and physical activity for everyone.

The fund will give particular attention to supporting groups and organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people on lower incomes, people with disabilities and long-term health conditions, and those whose care responsibilities have increased since the pandemic began.

The three new funds are as follows:

Small Grants (£10m)
Awards of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

Community Assets Fund (£5m)
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.

Active Together (£1.5m)
A crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns. This will help local clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns, fundraising for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other Covid-19 related needs.

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