Sport England Funding

Community Emergency Funding

The Sport England Community Emergency Fund was introduced during the lockdown in March 2020.

The aim of the fund was to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

After the initial launch of this fund, Sport England have paused the fund to new applications. To find out more and to discover future updates, click HERE

Return to Play: Small Grants

This fund will make awards of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way.

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by having to deliver activity in smaller groups than normal, or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

Return to Play: Small Grants

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

This fund will make awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 from a pot of £5m to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.

This could include contributing to covering the costs incurred by converting existing space to meet social distancing guidelines, or improving a facility's ventilation.

Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

Return to Play: Active Together

Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m.

With expert advice and guidance to support you, 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.

Return to Play: Active Together

For further information regarding funding opportunities from Sport England, please click HERE

Funding for village halls

We are very pleased to announce that funding is to be available to Village Halls with a rateable value of less than £51,000. We are so pleased to help share this news, since we recognise the importance of village halls due to the work we do to lead the Fit Villages project across the county. We understand that village halls are a central and fundamental part of the local community, so we hope this may be something which could help you during these unpresedented times.

Charitable village halls should have been contacted by their local District Council with regards to the recent Government funding in the form of the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (FHLG).

Your District Council should have already contacted you if you are eligible, but if you have not heard from them, it is certainly worth contacting them to discuss.

The cash grants are either £10,000 or £25,000 depending on your rateable value.

Reviving our Community Fund

Grant funding from the National Lottery to support the work of grassroot organisations addressing need throughout Suffolk. The fund is open to all charitable and community groups, including Social Enterprises, that meet the grant funding guidelines and had an income of £250,000 or less as at the end of their last financial year.

It will close for applications on 31st March 2021 but may close early if all funds have been spent before this date.

For full details, log onto

'Game On'

The Football Foundation is urging community football to clubs to come forward and apply for the 'Game On', three funds to make sure that football hits the ground running at the end of March.

Return to Football Fund - £2.1m targeted to support clubs in the highest areas of deprivation in England, disability football and groups underrepresented in football, including women and girls, to support the return to football or activities aimed at bringing new players to the game. The Foundation has identified the groups most affected by the lockdown, where participation in football has decreased the most, and will seek to target funding towards them.

Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund - A £14m fund opening on March 15th will provide six- year tapered grants to improve the quality of grass pitches. Thousands of football matches are cancelled every year because of problems with grass pitches and these grants form a key part of the Foundation's overall Grass Pitch Programme which hopes to improve at least 5000 pitches by June 2024.

Small Grants - A fund to help clubs pay for essential equipment and machinery they need to start playing again. Clubs can apply for up to £25k to refurbish their changing rooms, pay for grass pitch drainage, new goalposts, pitch maintenance equipment and portable floodlights.

Click HERE for more information and to apply.

Funding Support

If you would like to apply for funding or wish to find out more about opportunities that may be available to you and your club or organisation, please contact us at Our team would be happy to assist you.