A number of funding and support opportunities are available. Please see the below for further information.
Please remember to read the funding criteria carefully to ensure you will be eligible.
Please check with your local authority to see if they have any grants available.
If you have lease on your ground, please speak to the land owner regarding business rates and rent protection.
Sport England – Community Emergency Fund
This aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need, who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. Organisations can apply for grants between £300 and £10,000.
London Community Response Fund
Wave 1 Small Grants: This first wave of funding from the collaboration of funders is for urgent needs so that you can cover costs that you are incurring right now to support communities affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and the move to social distancing, with a focus on food and essentials.
Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
Tesco has created the new short-term Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund to support local communities across the UK in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
National Lottery Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has announced its priority over the next six months is to get funding to groups best placed to support their communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
Up to date funding information as when it is available
The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
Ground Management Association
The GMA have been working closely with various National Governing Bodies to offer advice and guidance on what works may be possible to be carried out throughout this period, and, what works may be required once sport resumes.
These ‘interim works’ documents are free to access and will be updated as and when the climate or current situation dictates.
Help for the sector
Support for clubs and leagues
Club Matters workshops are short training sessions, funded by Sport England and will seek to develop your skills, improve your knowledge and develop your club. They are running a number of online workshops during COV-19.
London Growth Hub
Book an appointment with a London Growth Hub Adviser to help you find the right support for your business. London based businesses will be able to access free virtual support from our team of dedicated advisers.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance
Resources covering many of the business operation, employment and financial issues facing the sector at the moment.
Are developing a brokering service to link charities in need of support with businesses able to help through volunteering their skills, services and logistical support etc.
London Sport and Mayor's Office
Fortnightly webinars. Next one is on Wednesday 29th April. Register here -
Staying Active / Mental Health and Well-being
The FA – Football’s Staying Home
London Sport / Sport England
Explore a selection of activities you can experience at home
Helpful links, resources and telephone numbers are:
FA Heads Up - http://www.thefa.com/about-football-association/heads-up
Samaritans - 116 123 from any phone Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/
CALM - https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Time to Talk (resources for clubs) - http://www.amateur-fa.com
NHS (useful links and numbers) - https://www.nhs.uk