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Sport England launch £16.5M Return to Play Fund

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There are three parts to this new fund – Small Grants, Community Asset and Active Together crowdfunding,  – with all three focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity. 

The fund is to support the Return to Play during the Autumn and Winter. This is a rolling fund with no specific deadline. Groups that received Emergency Funding or Tackling Inequalities Funding previously from Sport England can still apply. It will include Lottery and Exchequer funding to accommodate religious groups.  

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.

Organisations who have a venue outside of areas 1-3 IMD can apply but they MUST have strong evidence of engagement with participants who live in 1-3 IMD areas. 

You don’t have to be a sports organisation to apply, however, sport should be an established and significant part of your core offer.   

You are not eligible if you’re:

– an individual or sole trader  

– an organisation delivering football-only activities – The Football Foundation plans to open a fund in a few weeks’ time which allows football clubs to apply there. Therefore, this route is not available to you for projects that deliver only football. If you deliver a range of activities for the community, you can still apply.

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Posted on 22nd October 2020