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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

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

#iwill Fund – CDCF

Description: The #iwill Fund looks to support social action activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 (or 25 for disabled people) to develop their character and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community.   Grants are available to provide organisations the resources and the breathing space to develop services within this new landscape, and to develop a sense of focus and a new realism about what can be achieved for the young people post-lockdown. 
Application Deadline: 21/03/2021

LNER Customer & Community Investment Fund

Description: LNER’s annual £500,000 Customer and Community Investment Fund (CCIF) supports charities, our customers and the communities of our route, focusing on the causes that are of key importance to us.  The core themes the fund supports are mental health, education and employability skills amongst marginalised groups, diversity and inclusion, social mobility for vulnerable groups and environment and sustainable travel.  The opportunity to apply for funding is now open and will stay open until 2 April 2021.  There are now two types of projects applicants can apply for.

North East Core Funding – Greggs Foundation

Description: The programme supports organisations working in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or supporting otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those in the following priority groups: 

  • People with disabilities 
  • Homeless people
  • Voluntary carers 
  • Older and isolated people. 

Preference is given to existing work with a proven track record. Any core costs can be considered where it can be demonstrated that the grant will improve the capacity of the organisation to provide a great service.  Application Deadline: 22/03/2021

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

National Funding Sources

Local Giving – Magic Little Grants 2021

Description: The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250k the opportunity to apply for a £500 grant. This year the fund has expanded to support the following funding 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: 31/10/2021

LGBTQ+ Futures Intersections Fund

Description: Thanks to the generosity of an individual Donor, and the success of the previous Intersections Fund, an additional funding pot of £20,000 is available to LGBTQ+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects that are led by and for:

  • Disabled LGBTQ+ people
  • LGBTQ+ people from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnicities and LGBTQ+ people of colour (it is recognised the use of terms such as BAME/PoC reflect a diverse range of people and communities. It is used as inclusively as possible to reflect people from communities who experience racism)
  • LGBTQ+ people of faith
  • LBGTQ+ women
  • Older LGBTQ+ people

This funding aims to provide for the immediate needs of intersectional LGBTQ+ organisations while Consortium continues to develop new sources of funding to meet these needs.
Application deadline: 26/04/2021

Boost Drinks: Choose Now Change Lives

Description: As part of Boost’s 20th-anniversary celebrations. Boost are offering community grants to support a range of community groups and organisations. Managed by Groundwork, this £20,000 grant fund is open to all community sports clubs, community action groups, youth work, music groups and food banks.  Application deadline: Applications will be shortlisted three times throughout the year in May, July and September.

Arnold Clark – Community Fund

Description: The Arnold Clark Community Fund will be open to all UK registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Application deadline: 31/05/2021

FCC Community Action Fund 

Description: The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).
Application deadline: 02/06/2021

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
  • Return to Cricket Grant Scheme

 Application deadline: none specified

Lloyds Banking Group Social Enterprise Programme

Description: This programme is intended to support social entrepreneurs from across the UK to start or scale-up their projects. It is expected to support multiple social entrepreneurs each year.
The programme offers the following support strands:
Start Up (includes traditional grant)

  • For projects in the planning stages but ready to start, or under than two years old
  • A project income of less than £15,000 a year
  • Wishing to learn how to establish an organisation

Trade Up (includes Match Trading grant)

  • The project was established at least a year ago, and probably has at least one paid member of staff
  • The project income is more than £15,000 a year (no upper limit)
  • Applicants want to learn how to strengthen their organisation’s finances and impact to build a solid foundation for scaling

Scale Up (includes Match Trading grant)

  • The project was probably established two or more years ago, and probably has two or more paid members of staff
  • The project income is more than £75,000 a year (no upper limit)
  • The applicant wants to learn how to scale your organisation from a solid foundation to create even more impact

 Application deadline: 16/04/2021

Social Investment Business – First Steps Enterprise Fund

Description: The First Steps Enterprise Fund (managed on behalf of the ASDA Foundation) aims to help charities and social enterprises to improve people’s lives in communities in England by providing loan/grant packages that will help them grow their services and become more sustainable.
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

Morrisons Foundation

Description: The Foundation is offering grants to help get new projects off the ground that will benefit the local community. The funding is for specific projects which make a difference to people’s lives, with special consideration for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
Application deadline: none specified

Peter Harrison Foundation – Opportunities through Sport Programme 

Description: Grants are available to charities registered in the UK that are running sports projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and develop personal and life skills.
Application deadline: rolling

Sporting Capital – The Reach Fund

Description: The Reach Fund will offer small grants to charities and social enterprises who are looking to raise investment with one of our approved social investors – called Access Points. The grant will be used to help them close a deal or secure an investment.
Application deadline: none specified

SportsAid Award 

Description: SportsAid’s objective is to support young people aged from 12 to 18 years, or up to 35 for disability sports, male or female, able-bodied or disabled, that show potential in their chosen sport. Grants are designed to ease the pressure on parents and carers burdened with day-to-day costs of travel, competition and equipment.  Intervention at such a crucial time is often the difference between a young sports person continuing in their chosen sport or giving up.  Applicants who feel that they meet the criteria should contact their National Governing Body to discuss a nomination for a SportsAid Award and request a SportsAid nomination form.
Application deadline: none specified

Variety Club – Youth Club Grant

Description: The Fund aims to support youth clubs that provide opportunities for improving social skills, team spirit and self esteem for young people aged from 8 to 18 years.
Application deadline: none specified

Anton Jurgen Charites Trust

Description: Grants are available to UK registered charities for charitable projects that support people of all ages who are socially disadvantaged and/or have mental and/or physical disabilities.

Applications can be made at any time and are considered twice a year, in June and October.
Application deadline: none specified

Angling Improvement Fund

Description: The aim of the Fund is to help increase the availability of funding for angling through reinvestment of part of the proceeds of coarse and non-migratory rod licence sales in England in projects directly benefiting anglers.
Application deadline: 31/07/2021

Boshier – Hinton Foundation 

Description: Grants are available for charities in the UK working with children and adults with special educational or other needs. The Foundation offers funding to support its objectives, which are to:

  • Provide relief for children and adults with special educational or other needs, and their families, in any part of the country.
  • Make donations to institutions providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs.
  • Make donations to other registered Charitable Trusts.
  • Make donations to local community charities or other agencies in any part of the country whose objects are no wider than the charity’s own, or to any charity for use for particular purposes, which fall within the charity’s objects.

 Application deadline: none specified

Comic Relief Community Fund – Capacity Building Grant

Description: Grants are available for small local grassroots organisations in England to become stronger and more robust and better able to deliver projects that bring about lasting change.

The Fund aims to deliver long lasting community driven change by awarding Capacity Building grants to organisations in England whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive and Thrive: Projects that support children up to the age of eleven to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: Projects that improve equality for women, girls and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: Projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: Projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Application deadline: none specified

The Pixel Fund

Description: The Fund aims to support improvement in mental health by providing grants to UK charities involved in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults. The Fund prefers to target its grant-giving to specific projects that will provide a measurable difference to the charities’ users
Application deadline: none-specified

National Lottery Community Funds

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

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 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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