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Funding

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.


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.


Stockton Borough Council

Phase 3 of additional funding is available for some small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs who have been significantly impacted by Covid-19 and were not eligible for the Discretionary Grants Fund or Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Phase 3 of the scheme is open now and will close on Sunday 2nd August.  Grants will be paid from week commencing Monday 3rd August.


Crowdfunding

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. 


Rosa – COVID-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

Grants are available for specialist women’s organisations across the UK to deal with the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on their work. The funding is for specialist “by, for and with” women’s organisations across the UK and is intended to help them meet short-term funding needs and respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. 


Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund

The fund is open to constituted community organisations throughout Hartlepool who are supporting vulnerable, isolated and older people at this time. It will provide community organisations with funding to deal with emerging issues in the community from the continuing threat of coronavirus. Issues such as:

  • the need for self isolation
  • financial hardship
  • potential for hunger
  • lack of shelter
  • further exacerbation of health issues, loneliness and isolation.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 will be considered.

To be eligible for funding, your project must support those who are considered high risk (including those with pre-existing medical conditions and older people over 60) or those in vulnerable circumstances. The themes include:

• Support for ongoing needs, ensuring their health and mental well-being is maintained

• To reduce isolation and vulnerability during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of coronavirus

• Helping to make sure people remain safely connected with the outside world during this time


Support for Local Authority and Leisure Providers

Sport England are now offering support to all local authorities and leisure providers to help with the challenge of re-designing their leisure services in response to COVID-19.

Guidance Notes

Strategic Context


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


 

National Lottery Community Support Fund

The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund opens for applications at 10am on Friday 22nd May.

This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:
1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.


Top Up Discretionary Fund (through Local Authorities)

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.  This additional fund is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. Local authorities will be asked to prioritise businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates. But local authorities may choose to make payments to other businesses based on local economic need. The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of local authorities. Businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures. There will be three levels of grant payments. The maximum will be £25,000. There will also be grants of £10,000. local authorities will have discretion to make payments of any amount under £10,000. It will be for councils to adapt this approach to local circumstances.


Big Society Capital

A £100 million programme of loans and investment is being put together to help get emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged parts of the UK that are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic


Small Business Grant Scheme

The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs. You must be based in England, already receive SBRR/RRR and occupy a property.

* your local authority will contact you if you are eligible


Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan

The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports SMEs with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years.

The government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees, so smaller businesses will benefit from no upfront costs and lower initial repayments.


Facebook Small Business Grants

Facebook is offering $100m in cash grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 small businesses that are facing disruptions due to the virus.


Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.


The National Emergencies Trust

County Durham Community Foundation is distributing the COVID-19 funding from National Emergency Trust (NET). This fund aims to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty. The primary focus of the funding is to support work in the community and to help organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation.


Wellcome Trust

The Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust are each contributing up to $50m, and the Mastercard Impact Fund is committing up to $25m, to speed the development of and access to therapies. The Covid-19 Therapeutic Accelerator will coordinate research efforts and remove barriers to drug development.


£1m Money Saving Expert fund

Martin Lewis, the founder of Money Saving Expert, has pledged £1m to support small charities.

In a statement, he said: “To try and help I’m going to release £1m from my personal charity fund to provide grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK – to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.”


The Indigo Trust

The Indigo Trust is making £2.5m available through emergency grants to help charities respond to the coronavirus emergency. The trust responded to an initiative from charity think tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), which has published guidance for philanthropists on how to best support charities through to the crisis.


Steve Morgan £1m a week

Housebuilder Redrow’s founder Steve Morgan has also pledged £1m a week to charity, joining the list of celebrities and business people offering their support.


Cadent Foundation

Charities and community groups can apply for individual grants of between £100 and £100,000 as a new foundation, funded by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent, opens for applications.

It committed £240,000 to the Trussell Trust last week to help food banks respond to challenges presented by Covid-19.


Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grants will be made to organisations which tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. It is likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that people can apply for.


Charities Aid Foundation

CAF has launched an emergency fund offering one-off grants of up to £10,000 to small charities and social enterprises that are struggling during the current crisis. Organisations with a turnover up to £1m can apply.


Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT)

TPT has launched a £500,000 emergency fund to support sight loss organisations which are providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people during the Covid-19 pandemic.  TPT has suspended its normal grant funding activities, postponed the launch of its revised grant programme and will use funds previously allocated to its normal grant programme to provide this essential support to partners in the sight loss sector.


National Heritage Lottery Fund

National Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a £50m emergency fund.  It aims to address immediate pressures over the next 3-6 months for those most in need as well as provide increased investment in essential digital skills across the sector.  Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations that have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant. 


Barclays

Banking group Barclays has set up a foundation with £100m. The Barclays Foundation will be giving out half of the £100m in the form of direct funding for charities, while the other half is a commitment to match employees’ donations, including senior figures in the corporate pledging a third of their salary.


Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The RRLF is a new £25m fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. The Fund offers loans of £100-500K for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years, which are interest-free and fee-free for the first 12 months (in line with CBILS criteria), with an interest rate of 6.5% per annum for years 2 and 3.


Sport England £35m Community Emergency Fund

Please note this fund has been temporarily paused. This aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need and builds on the success of similar previous funds such as Flood Relief Fund. It’s specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. Organisations can apply for grants between £300 and £10,000. The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity. A specific example might be a grant to support a local boxing club pay costs for their facility when no activity is taking place, or a grant to support a league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which has now been cancelled.

National Governing Body Sport Specific Support

Badminton

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).

Golf

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.

Football

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.

Tennis

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

Coaches

• 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

Officials

• Financial support grants for full time LTA Licensed Officials


Cricket

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.


Rugby

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.


Bowls

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.


Boxing

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


Equestrian

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.


Volleyball

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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