£20 MILLION EMERGENCY FUND TO HELP SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THROUGH CORONAVIRUS
Sport England are making up to £20 million of funding available in a Community Emergency Fund to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
Earlier this week Sport England announced a £20 million emergency fund for local sports clubs, leagues and community sports organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the impact of Covid-19. Clubs, leagues and community organisations who are not currently in receipt of Sport England funding can apply for a grant of £300 - £10,000.
This fund could provide a lifeline for a number of Norfolk affiliated football clubs & leagues who need emergency money to cover costs such as rent, utility costs, insurance, staffing, and facility/equipment hire. The fund is currently open for applications and will remain open until 31st July 2020.
Priority will be given to clubs, leagues and organisations that serve disadvantaged areas and Sport England priority target groups. Grants will only be provided as a last option after other government sources and funding programmes have been ruled out. Please click here to see the funding support that the government has available before you consider applying to this fund.
Applications must only be made if there is a funding emergency. Applications must be made online, and Sport England will respond within 7 to 10 working days. You can access further information regarding the grant and the online application form by clicking on https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund.
It’s our expectation that demand to access this fund will be extremely high, and whilst the fund will not be distributed by Sport England on a first come first served basis, we do actively encourage clubs and leagues wishing to apply to do so as soon as possible.
Please note, Norfolk County FA will have no involvement in the decision making process once applications are submitted.
That said, if any club or league would like to discuss the fund or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Ian Grange and he will endeavour to answer any questions.