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If you are a sports club, group or individual delivering sport & physical activity in the Tees Valley and you have been affected by the ongoing Covid 19 virus, please contact us at info@teesvalleysport.co.uk We will try and help you with funding applications to the various local and national Covid 19 support programmes.

We are working with a great network of partners who have considerable experience of supporting the clubs and community groups sector. These include local authority staff, Volunteer Development Agencies, Sported and StreetGames. We are all working together to help sustain clubs and groups during the current problems. We are all determined to make sure that sport & physical providers are in a strong position to commence delivery when the current restrictions are removed.

Grants Online has a developed a free-to-access page for Covid-19 emergency funding. It one of the most exhaustive lists available for free and covers UK-wide, national and local emergency funds funds. It is also very regularly updated, so make sure to check back from time to time. Access Grants Online Coronavirus page here.

Sport England Return to Play Fund

Sport England have launched a £16.5 million fund split into 3 strands to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The fund will be competitive, with priority given to organisations working in areas classed as 1-3 from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) (enter your delivery postcode here to find out what decile you’re in) and those working with key beneficiary groups such as BAME and Disability. Sole traders and football only activities cannot apply. Due to the announcement of the current national lockdown measures, the programme has been adapted to help further.

  • Strand 1 – Return to Play Small Grants – This will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment. It’ll help community sport respond to the challenges posed, such as having to deliver in smaller groups, having the correct hygiene and safety equipment and giving training to club volunteers. It’ll also cover making necessary changes to facilities, supplying additional sports equipment and new signage to meet current government and national governing body rules and guidance. 
  • Strand 2 – Return to Play Community Asset Fund – This will provide grants ranging in value from £10,001 to £50,000. It’ll help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely. This will include helping groups, clubs and organisations address the challenges they’re facing by: 
    • adapting how they use space and improving ventilation
    • converting existing space to meet social distancing requirements, such as additional changing space
    • making improvements to buildings or open spaces for temporary use to get more people active by using a vacant warehouse, shop or community centre.
  • Strand 3 Return to Play Active Together – This crowdfunding initiative will help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis.  It’s a great alternative if they don’t meet the priority groups of the other parts of the Return to Play package, and we’ll match crowd funds of up to £10,000 to help cover the loss of income.  The partnership with Crowdfunder will also include advice, guidance and training to help create successful campaigns.


Crowdfunder and Sport England have teamed up to make £1 million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.  If your sports club has experienced short term financial difficulty, or needs to adapt how it operates, due to the pandemic you can set up a crowdfunding campaign and apply for up to £10,000 match funding today.  If you have already started a crowdfunding campaign you can apply for the match funding via your Crowdfunder dashboard. 

Local Funding Sources

The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust 

Description:  The Trust funds charitable activities benefitting residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside.

 Priority goes to those which ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community, and the quality of life of individuals within that community. 

Application deadline: Rolling 

Active Living Fund

‘You’ve Got This’ are managing a fund that will support ideas that get local people and communities more active more often and this doesn’t have to be sport related.  Support will be given to innovative ways of getting people motivated and doing more active things that improve their confidence, self-esteem, mental health and general wellbeing. They want to support initiatives that bring people together or provide individual support. Ideas can be family focused, aimed at specific age groups, communities in a place or communities of interest. They are open to exploring any new ideas or diversifying / expanding existing projects or community activity.  Projects will be funded with a minimum value of £200 up to a maximum of £5,000.

Better Together Fund

Tees Valley Community Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of their new ‘Better Together Fund’ to tackle loneliness and isolation in Tees Valley.  If your organisation is delivering any form of activity to relieve the difficulties brought about by social isolation; it could be regular zoom or telephone calls, it could be doorstep deliveries of activity packs, whatever you are doing, they want to help.  For any enquiries regarding the fund please email info@teesvalleyfoundation.org

Your Active Living Fund

Description: Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (MVDA) are looking for ideas that get local people and communities more active more often and this doesn’t have to be sport related. They want to support innovative ways of getting people motivated and doing more active things that improve their confidence, self-esteem, mental health and general wellbeing.
Application deadline: none specified

The Roseline Fund and The Sir Tom Cowie Fund

Description: The Roseline Foundation fund will award grants to support organisations that help people experiencing poverty and health inequality, Black and Asian communities, those with mental health problems and isolated older people to recover from the impact of the pandemic on their work. The Sir Tom Cowie Fund will award grants to organisations working with children, young people and their families.    Application deadline: none specified

Darlington Grants Programme

Description: The aim of this programme is to fund charities, voluntary-led organisations and projects that have an impact in Darlington’s communities, enabling them to continue their work and make vital improvements to their services.
Application deadline: none specified 

David Dockray West End Young People’s Fund

Description: To support projects that ensure all young people are included in activities, and support groups for young people with disabilities. Groups working with children and young people in the west end area of Newcastle, and gifted young individuals who are unable to achieve realistic ambitions because of financial difficulties.
Application deadline: none specified

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust – North of England

Description: The funding aims to support smaller charities and good causes in the north of England to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet. 

The funding is for projects in the north of England that have a clear link with one of the Trust’s themes: 

  • Improving mental wellbeing 
  • Enabling community participation in the arts 
  • Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty 
  • Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality 
  • Improving biodiversity and green spaces 
  • Enabling participation in physical activity 
  • Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 
  • Increasing community access to outdoor space 

Application deadline: none specified

Resilience Funding Tees Valley (Grant) 

Description: Funding is available for work that focuses on improving the wellbeing of people in local communities (of all ages) impacted by Covid-19. 

Areas of focus for proposals may include: 

  • mental health support for Covid-19 survivors (especially those required intensive hospital treatment and may now be suffering from long Covid) 
  • mental health impact of lockdown on vulnerable groups 
  • people at increased risk of Covid-related mental ill health or emotional wellbeing issues. 

Further information depends on where the organisation is based. The local contacts are: 

Sir James Knott Trust – Tyne and Wear, Northumberland,  County Durham and Hartlepool 

Description: At the Sir James Knott Trust we support charitable activity in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland,  County Durham and Hartlepool, by making grants to organisations. The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England. The Trust supports organisations through core funding and is also willing to make capital and project grants. 

Application deadline: Rolling

Middlesbrough Borough Council Small Grants and Community Chest

Grants are available for groups in Middlesbrough up to £1500

  • Small grants is for small, none constituted groups without a bank account or policies
  • Community Chest is for those more formalised groups that have those in place.

Small Grants Application Form

Community Chest Application Form

Community Chest Criteria and Guidelines

National Funding Sources

IKEA Limited and The National Lottery Community Fund – Places Called Home

Description: Places called home is a partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund which makes available £1.5 million in grants to support the development of more connected and resilient communities and places. Eligible community groups can apply for a Places called home grant of between £1,000 and £5,000. In addition, everyone who applies (whether you’re awarded a grant or not) will have the opportunity to join a virtual learning and support programme, forming a network of communities able to connect, co-create, learn from each other, and grow together. 

Application deadline: 14/07/2021 or once 1,500 applications have been received – whichever comes first.

Asda Foundation – Bringing Communities Back Together

Description: In light of easing of coronavirus restrictions, the new scheme Bringing Communities Back Together aims to support local groups by providing two tranches of funding (Phase 1 and Phase 2), aimed at supporting a celebration event or enabling activities and services to get back on track after the disruption of the pandemic.
There are three funding streams available:

  • Celebration Event eg welcome back party, community celebration.
  • Getting Activities Back on Track eg gardening clubs, supporting groups and recreational activities, lunch clubs.
  • Combination (of the above) for those wanting to apply for both celebration event and getting activities back on track.

 Application deadline: 16/08/2021 

Magic Little Grants Fund 2021

Description: Small one-off grants are available to small local charities and community groups for community projects in Great Britain that address themes set out by the funders.

To access the Magic Little Grants Fund, applicants must be eligible to join Localgiving by 

  • Having charitable aims that are not solely for the advancement of religion.
  • Operating on local/regional community initiatives and not be a national charity.
  • Having a UK bank account in the group’s name.
  • Have an annual income under £250,000 or be in their first year of operation

 Application deadline: 31/10/2021

Henry Smith Charity – Holiday Grants for Children

Description: The Charity aims to provide children aged 13 years or younger who are disadvantaged, disabled or from areas of high deprivation with a recreational holiday or outing they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.  In 2021, given the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19, the Charity has made some temporary changes to its guidelines to provide more flexibility on the types of trip it can support and is now funding day trips rather than residential holidays, with the aim of maximising the likelihood of trips going ahead.
 Application deadline: 13/08/2021

Henry Smith Charity – Main Grants – Strengthening Communities

Description: The Henry Smith Charity’s Strengthening Communities programme is part of the Charity’s Main Grants programme. The Fund focuses on funding small charitable organisations working at grass-roots level, to ensure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty
Application deadline: none specified

Volant Charitable Trust – COVID-19 Response Fund

Description: Grants are available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Application deadline: 31/07/2021

BBC Children in Need – Main Grants Programme

Description: Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18 years and living in the UK.
Funding is available to organisations that are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
  • Any kind of disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funder has temporarily broadened the types of applications it is accepting. Currently funding is being offered that can be used more flexibly than usual.
Applications are encouraged for:

  • Project delivery (including staffing and salary costs)
  • Creative solutions to deliver much needed services
  • Organisational costs to support stability and adaptation. (Including the day-to-day running costs of an organisation as opposed to specific project costs)

 Application deadline: 23/08/2021

Canoe Foundation

Description: The funding is for projects that will improve accessibility to waterways and facilities thereby enabling greater use of them. There is particular interest in enabling enhanced participation in paddle sports for all people.
The funding is intended for the following purposes:

  • New or improved launching points in urban or rural locations or as part of a water trail, such as steps or pontoons. Linked promotion of access points including signage or maps to increase participation and use.
  • Incorporating better accessibility or facilities at waterside locations which might improve the parking or changing aspects of a site.
  • Improving the quality of the waterways and oceans through support, for example practical kits, for a clean-up or an improved natural habitat.

 Application deadline: 31/08/2021

RYA Foundation

Description: The Foundation seeks to promote participation in boating for those who may otherwise find it difficult to partake in the sport due to age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances. Grants are available for:

  • Volunteer recruitment.
  • Training.
  • Provision for children and young people.
  • Equipment provision.

 Application deadline: none specified

Percy Bilton Charity- Grants for Organisations

Description: Funding is provided to UK registered charities whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:

  • Disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25).
  • People with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems).
  • Older people (aged over 60).

Two grant programmes are in operation as follows:

  • Large grants – one off payments for capital expenditure of approximately £2,000 and over. The majority of grants fall within the range of £2,000 to £5,000.
  • Small grants – donations of up to £500.

 Application deadline: none specified

Boost Charitable Trust

Description: The Trust aims to give opportunities to those who wish to fulfil their sporting ambitions, at any level, and provides grants to organisations that support disabled or disadvantaged people to overcome challenges and take part in sporting activities in the UK.

Application deadline: none specified

Peter Harrison Foundation – Opportunities through Sport Programme

Description: The aim of the scheme is to support sporting activity or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills.

Grants are usually made for capital projects. Consideration will be given for revenue funding for a new project or if funding is key to the continuing success or survival of an established project.
The trustees welcome applications for projects that:

  • Provide a focus for skills development and confidence building through the medium of sport.
  • Have a strong training and/or educational theme within the sporting activity.
  • Provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people.
  • Have a high degree of community involvement.
  • Help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction.

 Application deadline: none specified

DWF Charitable Foundation

Description: One-off grants are available to registered charities in the UK for projects that address issues of homelessness, employability, education, health and well being. The Foundation has been set up to help with initiatives that develop and improve local communities by:

  • Tackling a specific community issue.
  • Helping voluntary and community groups become more effective and efficient.
  • Encouraging the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
  • Enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community.

 Application deadline: none specified 

Poundland Foundation

Description: The Foundation aims to transform communities and change lives across the UK by making grants to charities and grass-roots community organisations.
The first round of funding is called ‘Kits-for-Kids’, and aims to help as many children as possible to be active and enjoy sports by providing them with the right equipment to do so.
Application deadline: none specified

True Colours Trust – UK Small Grants

Description: Small grants are available to UK registered charities and community interest companies that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK. Applications are accepted from UK registered charitable organisations and community interest companies with an annual income of less than £350,000 and which are delivering projects in the UK.
The Trust is particularly keen to receive applications from organisations which:

  • Work with children and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
  • Operate in areas of high deprivation.

Application deadline: none specified

Central Social and Recreational Trust

Description: Grants are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years. Funding is available for the following:

  • Equipment for the use of all members of the club.
  • Maintenance of properties, as long as the property is owned by the club or there is a significant lease period.

All young people who are to benefit must be under 21 years of age. The Trustees will consider applications where the large majority are under 21 years. The Trustees will also consider the economic and social circumstances surrounding the beneficiaries of the grant.
Application deadline: none specified

Tesco Community Grants

Description: Grants are available to non-profit making, constituted groups and organisations for local good causes that focus on supporting children and families in the UK.
Funding to support local good causes that focus on supporting children and families, including:

  • Breakfast clubs.
  • Holiday clubs.
  • Food banks.
  • Equipment or non statutory services for nurseries or schools eg forest schools, library books
  • Equipment for Brownie, Guide or Scout Groups eg camping equipment, badges
  • Counselling and support services
  • Activities to support mental health
  • Activities or equipment to reduce social isolation
  • Equipment/kit for sports teams
  • Services or equipment to support health issues such as cancer or dementia
  • Equipment for village/community halls

The funding is for projects that are ready to be delivered, but it will not cover retrospective costs (already committed or spent such as design fees, planning permissions costs or community consultation.
Application deadline: none specified

Football Foundation – various funds

Description: There are three different funds available – Small Grants, Return to Football Fund and Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund. Grants are available for grassroots football organisations in England.

  • Small Grants – The Small Grants programme seeks to enable grassroots football organisations in England to restart activities after the period of COVID-19 restrictions by providing funding for purchasing equipment and items such as goalposts or pitch maintenance machinery.
  • Return to Football Fund – Funded by the FA and Sport England (National Lottery Funding), Return to Football is a 2.2 million fund providing grants of up to £2,500 to help clubs and organisations most in need to restart or deliver new football activity. 
  • Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund – The Maintenance Fund provides six-year tapered grants to help football clubs enhance or sustain the quality of their grass pitches. Application deadline: none specified

National Governing Body Sport Specific Support


Badminton England have launched their Hardship Fund which is designed to help affiliated clubs and registered coaches restart activity after the enforced shutdown. It will prioritise those experiencing short term financial hardship and who have genuine concerns with being able to make sessions financially viable or facing the potential ceasing of operations. Grants of up £500 per club/coach are available (one application per club/coach).


Clubs, County Associations and Bowls England are facing a period where there is the loss of regular income whilst there are overheads and bills to be paid. Sport England and the Government has put in place a number of initiatives to assist clubs and small companies during this period of uncertainty.


England Boxing has pulled together the financial assistance available for clubs during the Coronavirus outbreak into one document.

England & Wales Cricket Board – Emergency Programme

Description: The funding is intended to support cricket clubs and leagues to cover essential running and maintenance costs during the coronavirus pandemic. As the recreational game returns to play, the funding can also be used by clubs and leagues to re-open and get games of cricket on under new coronavirus guidelines. The Programme has three separate strands:

  • Emergency Loan Scheme
  • League Emergency Loan Scheme

 Application deadline: none specified


The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has had a significant impact on the equestrian sector. A number of grant funding opportunities have been announced in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to help provide support, some of which may be applicable to equestrian businesses, community projects and charitable organisations.


The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation has three funds to get clubs and organisations ready for the big kick off.  Not-for-profit community groups delivering football activity in an area within Decile 1-3 of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) are eligible for funding and will be able to apply for grants of up to £500. 


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is providing a £61 million package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19, with financial assistance available at every level of the game – across counties, boards and clubs.


In agreement with The R&A, a sum of £2,555,000 has been made available to golf clubs in England hit hard by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. From the 8th July, clubs and facilities can now register their interest in the fund and begin the application process.


The scheme has been launched to support voting clubs impacted by Covid-19 in the immediate and short term (next few months) to ease cashflow and meet outstanding costs. Loans of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available to provide eligible clubs at league level 3 and below with financial support towards essential operational expenditure. These loans will be interest-free, repayable over a period of up to three years, with an initial repayment holiday of six months.

Table Tennis

Table Tennis England has announced a raft of additional funding support for clubs, leagues and counties to help them through the pandemic.


The financial support being provided by the LTA for those impacted by the coronavirus includes:

Tennis Venues

• A repayment holiday on loans of six months for all existing LTA facility loans, equating to a value of almost £1m

• A 2019/20 registration fee refund for LTA Registered Venues equating to over £1m

• A Hardship Fund of up to £13.5m, providing interest free loans of up to £5,000 • Continued operation of the LTA’s Quick Access loans scheme for tennis venues which provides interest free loans of up to £250k for investments such as covered courts, padel courts and floodlighting


• Financial support grants for full time LTA Accredited Coaches and Tutors, covering both the self- employed and those set up as sole directors of limited companies, equating to a value of approximately £4M

  • A targeted Hardship Fund of up to £1m, providing interest free loans for coaches of up to £5,000
  • Dedicated helpline providing legal expertise to assist with identifying and claiming Government support

• Temporary extension for LTA Accredited Coaches where their accreditation has recently expired or is due to expire in the coming months • Grant and loan funding to be made available to the LTA’s Coach Qualification providers


• Financial support grants for full time LTA Licensed Officials


With costs such as venue hire continuing yet membership fees being frozen, we understand the dire financial situation some clubs are facing. It is worth acknowledging here that the insurance clubs receive by affiliating to Volleyball England does not cover losses caused by the coronavirus but click on the link above to read about available support.

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