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

Suffolk Sports Fund - Suffolk Community Foundation

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support charitable, voluntary and community groups that are aiming to increase participation in sport in Suffolk.

The deadline for applicants is 4th September 2020. For more information and for the full eligibility criteria visit:

Funding of up to £5,000 is also currently available through the Fonnereau Road Health Foundation Fund. The Fonnereau Road Health Foundation Fund supports organisations who are improving the physical or mental health and well-being of people in Suffolk. The grant can be used to provide Equipment or capital costs and Expenditure which is not part of the organisation's normal overheads or running costs. The deadline for applicants is 11th September. For more information visit:

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.

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.