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Funding and Support - COVID19

A number of funding and support opportunities are available. Please see the below for further information.

Available Courses

Sport England and CIMSPA launch a major training initative to help the sport and physical activity sector reopen.

The ReActive course will enable workers and volunteers to return with confidence.

For more information and to do the course, please click here.

Funding Opportunities

Please remember to read the funding criteria carefully to ensure you will be eligible.

Local Authority. 

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.

the volant trust

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 2 Small Grants: This second 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. There is no deadline but it is anticipated that they may stop taking applications at the end of July.

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.

London Sport
Up to date funding information as when it is available

Government Funding

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.


Facility maintenance

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

The FA 

Support for clubs and leagues

Club Matters
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.

Volunteering Matters
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

Get Active

Explore a selection of activities you can experience at home

Helpful links, resources and telephone numbers are:

FA Heads Up - //

Samaritans - 116 123 from any phone Mind -


Time to Talk (resources for clubs) -

NHS (useful links and numbers) -