Return to Play Funding: Small Grants (Update)
Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2020 11:37
Earlier this week Sport England briefly paused the small grants option within their new Return to Play Open Fund so they could check to review the impact of the new restrictions and to ensure the right support and help that groups will now need.
As a result, three changes have been made to the criteria to ensure Sport England better help clubs and organisations:
- they have relaxed the timescale by which activity has to be up and running to within six weeks from the point of the national or local restrictions being lifted to allow your activity to return.
- applicants that support people from IMD areas 1-3 will be able to apply for up to £2,000 to cover running costs (for example rent, utilities and maintenance) as part of an overall return to play plan; and
- they are taking a broader and more flexible approach for the types of projects which can be supported.
The Fund is now open again and ready to accept new applications.
All applications submitted ahead of the brief pause will be assessed and applications will have the chance to review their plans in the light of the changes to the funding criteria.