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 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.

  • 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.

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 Borough Council – Community Grant Fund, Sustainability Capacity

Middlesbrough Council is conscious that the financial health of the Voluntary and Community sector in the town has been hit by COVID-19.  In order to maintain and increase capacity to support vulnerable groups whilst also reducing impact on statutory services £250k of the Test and Trace grant received by the Council is allocated through this grant programme to support Voluntary and Community Sector capacity to respond to outbreak management, prevention and recovery.  The maximum grant available is £20,000, though smaller bids are also welcome.  The funding is aimed at sustaining the capacity of key VCS partners, in particular those who directly support:

    1. Older population
    2. BAME communities
    3. Shielded people
    4. Clinical risk groups (including multiple morbidity/obesity)
    5. Those with addictions
    6. Wards with high levels of deprivation
    7. Domestic Abuse
    8. Mental Health (including causes of anxiety such as debt management)

Application Form

Criteria Guidance 

Middlesbrough Council – Community Covid Communication Small Grant

The Council has some money to support its Local Outbreak Plan and has decided to use some of this to have a grant programme to support community groups to communicate prevention advice for a period of 12 months. The messages that will be communicated will encourage continued safety measures, encourage use of test and trace facilities, signpost to support and give clarity if an outbreak should happen. Each successful group will also commit to designating a member of their team as their Covid Community Champion and form part of a new Covid Champions Communications Network. The network will consist of champions from all 6 of the targeted groups.  Grants up to £1,000 for non-constituted groups and up to £5,000 for constituted groups. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 12th October 2020

Application Form


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

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

Community Business Trade Up Programme

Description: A business development learning programme and match trading grant (max. £10,000) are available to support locally rooted community businesses in England to become stronger and more sustainable. For the 2021 programme, priority will be given to community businesses who meet any of these criteria:

  • Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led (over 51% BAME leadership in staff or Trustees/Directors).
  • Located in and giving support to BAME local communities.
  • Located in and giving support to very deprived or disadvantaged local communities.

Application deadline: 02/12/2020

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Description: Funding is available for locally-focussed, legally-constituted not-for-profit organisations who are working to create resilient rural communities across the UK in the wake of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Application deadline: 03/11/2020

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Children and Young People Grant

Description: This programme is open to national and local charities helping disadvantaged children and young people (0-25) to overcome the barriers they face. Small grants are for charities whose annual income does not exceed £500,000. These grants are unrestricted. Small grants range from £1,000 to £15,000 and can be awarded over one to three years. Grants can be offered to charities/projects that provide mental and physical health support, as well as learning and development opportuntiies.
Application deadline: 23/12/2020 @ 4PM

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund

Description: Grants are available for community initiatives and charitable events that are local to the business operations of NFU Mutual across the UK.
Application deadline: 01/12/2020

The Linnean Society – UK Nature Engagement Grants

Description: Grants are available for schools and community groups in the UK to increase youth engagement with nature.
Application deadline: 01/11/2020

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. 

The activity must be specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic and can be for project and administrative costs, as the Trust does not usually fund capital expenditure. However, applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE may be considered.
Application deadline: 31/12/2020

Magic Little Grants Fund 2020

Description: Small one-off grants are available to small local charities and community groups for community projects in Great Britain that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving their physical health. (£500)
Application deadline: 31/10/2020

Football Foundation – Matchday Support Fund

Description: Grants are available for football clubs in England and Wales to prepare for the safe return of football and supporters to their stadia, taking into account the additional risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Application deadline: rolling

BAME Healthy Communities Surviving COVID-19 Fund

Description: Grants are available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations across the UK to help them support their communities during and beyond the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, building wellbeing, resilience, and capacity. (max. £10,000)
Application deadline: 30/10/2020

Viridor Credits – Main Grants Scheme

Description: Funding is available to non-profit organisations for community, biodiversity or heritage projects that benefit local communities in areas within the vicinity of a Viridor site in England. (e.g. maintenance or improvement of public amentities and parks, which are open and accessible to the public)
Application deadline: 31/10/2020

AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme – Project Development Grants

Description: Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England to help fund development costs of projects that will create alternative uses for redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres.
Application deadline: 19/10/2020

Enterprise Development Programme

Description: Support is available to charities and social enterprises working in the:

  • equality sector in England to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones. (EOI deadline: 29/10/2020)
  • youth sector in England to make the transition to new enterprises or to grow existing ones. (EOI deadline: 12/11/2020)

Application deadlines listed above

The Edward Gostling Foundation – Small Grants

Description: Small and medium-sized charities working with people living with a physical and/or mental disabiliy. Under this programme they aim to fast track applications and make decisions within 1 month of the application date. This programme is aimed at charities needing urgent grant support of up to £5K to help maintain an existing service.
Application deadline: rolling

Tesco Community Grants

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year.  The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.   During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of up to £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.   This will not be via the usual in store vote but a direct application process. Guidance is on the page and a short eligibility quiz which will inform if you can go forward with an application

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).


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 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 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


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.


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.


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.


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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