Sport England Community Emergency Funding

From midnight on Thursday 14th May 2020 the Community Emergency Fund will be paused by Sport England in order that assessors can process any outstanding applications currently in the system. It will not be possible to submit a new application after this time.

On Tuesday 31st March 2020, Sport England announced that they will be making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, will be available to support partners and the sector as a whole. £20 million has been set aside for those that apply for the Community Emergency Fund. This has been opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid for grants of £300 and £10,000.

Who could benefit from the fund

Any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity can apply to this fund if it's experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

These organisations include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

What will be funded

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

Some examples of the sort of things the fund can help with are:

  • Support a boxing club to pay for their utility bills and other costs for their facility when no activity is taking place
  • Support a local league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which is now cancelled and therefore will not receive the money the players in the league would have paid.

Who the fund's not able to help

This fund is designed to help grassroots sport and physical activity providers. This means the fund will not be available to support any of the following:

  • Local authorities, including town and parish councils
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Commercial sport and physical activity providers, e.g. private gyms
  • Leisure operators
  • Individuals who are either employed or self-employed within the sport and physical activity sector.

Any organisation or individuals who can access support through the government's financial packages should do so in the first instance.

What the funding can't be used for

Funding cannot be used for:

For further information and to apply for the grant log on to

The team at Active Suffolk will be offering support to any local sports clubs that wish to apply for the Community Emergency Fund.

If you are from a sports club in Suffolk and you are interested in applying for this funding grant, we would be happy to support and assist you with this. The type of support we may be able to offer includes:

  • Providing insight which will support your bid
  • Supporting you with the application form
  • Sign posting you to relevent information which could support your bid
  • Answering questions and queries regarding eligibility for the fund

Contact us at

Funding Support for Football Clubs

Suffolk FA have recently announced a series of measures to ensure all clubs are supported through this exceptional period. Full details of this fund will be communicated to clubs by Tuesday 28th April.

Emergency Grants

An initial pot of £40,000 will be made available to clubs in immediate danger of ceasing because of financial reasons.

"Back to Football" Loans

An initial total of £30,000 will be made available to clubs on a short-term, interest free loan basis, in order to support clubs in their efforts to restart as soon as possible. Full details of this fund will be communicated to clubs once the start of the new season becomes clearer.

For more information on the statement issued to Club Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers please click HERE.

Swimathon Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to Support Aquatics Community

The Swimathon Foundation is providing grants of between £250 and £1,000 to small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship from the effects of COVID-19, especially where access to financial support is not otherwise available. These range from National Governing Body Affiliated Swim Clubs, Aquatic Clubs and Swim Schools to Independent Swimming Organisations.

The funding aims to help small swimming and aquatics organisations meet their obligations during the period from 1 March 2020 to 31 July 2020.

Fixed costs or loss of revenue and might include, for example:

  • Swim coaching costs
  • Transport charge
  • Pool space hire cost
  • Event entry fee
  • Event hosting fees
  • Club kit subsidies
  • Insurance premiums

The deadline for applications is 22 May 2020.

Click HERE for more information and to apply today!

Funding to Prepare Football Pitches for When Football Resumes (England and Wales)

Clubs and organisations can apply for a share of a new £9.6 million fund to help get their natural and artificial grass pitches ready for when Government advice allows football to start being played again. Two levels of funding are available through the Football Foundation's Pitch Preparation Fund: grants of up to £1,500 are available to FA National League System Clubs, FA Women's Pyramid clubs, and Welsh Premier League clubs; and grants of up to £5,000 are available to eligible affiliated grassroots clubs and organisations. Funding can cover costs such as aeration, fertilising, line marking and deep cleaning for 3G pitches. The deadline for applications is 9pm on the 25th May 2020.

Find out more by clicking 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.