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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 new £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.

  • 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

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.

Middlesbrough Council – Small Grants

Description: Grants to support unconstituted voluntary and community groups with projects that will benefit residents of Middlesbrough.
Application deadline: none specified

Darlington Grants 

Description:  Grants are available for charitable and voluntary organisations delivering community initiatives in Darlington.
Application deadline: none specified

Hartlepool Borough Council Community Pot

A new funding opportunity for Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Organisations to apply to address issues specifically relating to hardship that has risen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All applications should be for the benefit of Hartlepool residents and communities.                Application deadline: 12 noon on Monday January 18th 2021

Teesside Emergency Relief Fund

Tees Valley Community Foundation (TVCF) is providing assistance to local groups who are working to relieve the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are currently providing fast-track access to the Teesside Emergency Relief Fund (TERF).

County Durham Covid-19 Response Fund
(Including Hartlepool)

The COVID-19 Fund has been set up by Hartlepower to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty. Their focus is to offer emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. This will be to directly support work in the community, and to help organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation.  Up to £5,000 is available to support the following themes:

Theme 1: Proactive

  • Organisations that are supporting older people and other vulnerable groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community including volunteer costs
  • Activities to support community coordinated resources
    Initiatives working to combat poverty (e.g. initiatives to tackle food poverty or ‘holiday’ hunger etc.)
  • Advisory services that complement those being put in place by statutory authorities such a directing people to local services or listening on the phone and giving emotional support.
  • Your project may be new or something you currently deliver but it must respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Your activity must also complement the support measures that are being put in place in your communities by the statutory authorities e.g. local authority led community hubs.

Theme 2: Recovery and Resilience

A contribution to charities and community organisations whose operations and finances are significantly affected by loss of income due to restrictions in place around COVID-19

Growth and Resilience Fund

Description: Support for charitable and social enterprise organisations to change, survive, adapt, and grow in order to better address need in their communities by tackling poverty, mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion and educational disadvantage. The fund will consider applications from organisations based or working in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and the Tees Valley tackling poverty, mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion and educational disadvantage.
Application deadline: 25/01/2021

County Durham – High Sheriff Youth Awards Scheme (closing soon)

Description:  Annual grant awards are available to recognise groups in the community who encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for local young people. Award nominations are accepted from voluntary and community groups and registered charities based and working in County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton.
Application deadline: 10/01/2021

Banks Community Fund

Description: Grants are available for community and environmental projects in areas close to a current or propsed Banks Group operation in Scotland or the North of England. Includes building, improving or maintaining community buildings.
Application deadline: 12/02/2021

Sir James Knott Trust

Description: Grants are available to charities in the North East of England to help improve the conditions of people living and working in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham, and Hartlepool.
Application deadline: 01/03/2021

National Funding Sources

National Lottery Community Funds (reopened)

Description: After being paused due to the coronavirus crisis, the National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities, and Partnerships funding programmes are open for applications again.

  • Awards for All – a quick way to apply for smaller funds
  • Reaching Communities – apply for larger amounts of money to create positive change in your community
  • Partnerships – apply for larger amounts of money to create change in your across your community with other organisations

Application deadline: rolling

The Steel Charitable Trust

Description: Grants are available to registered charities, CICs and CIOs in the UK working in the areas of arts and heritage, education, environment, health, or social and economic disadvantage.
Application deadline: 20/01/2021

Crown UK Dove Fund

Description: Grants are available for Black-led grassroot organisations and projects in the UK who are working to eliminate barriers to progress for women and girls in the Black community and driving for long-term systemic change.
Application deadline: 21/01/2021

Local Connections Fund

Description: Grants are available for small local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in England that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation by bringing people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus.
Application deadline: 26/01/2021

Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants

Description: Grants are available to fund core costs of smaller registered charities in the UK working in the following areas: isolated children and young people, disadvantaged families, and prisoners and ex-offenders.
Application deadline: 28/01/2021

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

Description: The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a £25 million fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. 
Application deadline: 31/01/2021

Windrush Community Fund

Description: Grants are available for charities, community or grassroots organisations for projects in the UK which raise awareness of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), the Windrush Compensation Scheme or both.
Application deadline: 12/02/2021 

Warburtons Families Matter Community Grants Programme

Description: Small grants are available for local projects, activities and organisations that have charitable aims and that will be of real direct benefit to families in England, Scotland and Wales.
Application deadline: 08/02/2021

Rowing Foundation

Description: Grants are available to support rowing in Britain with preference shown to encouraging participation in rowing by the young or disabled through the provision of equipment.
Application deadline: 22/02/2021

Canoe Foundation

Description: Grants are available for clubs, community groups and Local Authorities across the UK for projects that improve the accessibility of available waterways and canoeing facilities and protect the natural environment.
Application deadline: 28/02/2021

Peter Cruddas Foundation

Description: Funding is available for registered charities in England and Wales that are working to support disadvantaged and disengaged young people as they move towards pathways into education, training and employment.
Application deadline: 01/03/2021

Get Fishing Fund

Description: Grants to support angling clubs, fisheries, charities, schools and local authorities in England to deliver angling events and activities that will get more people into fishing and retain them within the sport.
Application deadline: 12/03/2021

Thomas Wall Trust – Charities Grant Programme

Description: Grants are available for registered charities for specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects.
Application deadline: 30/04/2021

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.


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, the Government and Sport England have come together through their Football Foundation to launch the new ‘Pitch Preparation Fund’ aimed at helping clubs and organisations get their natural and artificial grass pitches ready for when the government advice allows football to start being played again. Every applicant must be a club or organisation with a minimum of 12 months’ security of tenure over the pitches they wish to improve by freehold, leasehold or licence, and have the legal responsibility for maintaining them.


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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