26 October 2020
Sport England Return to Play – Community Asset Fund
Capital grants to help local sports clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces so that sport and physical activity can happen during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
The £5 million Community Assets Fund is part of the new £16.5 million Return to Play Fund that is supporting local groups, clubs and grassroots organisations impacted by the disruptions caused by the pandemic with a particular focus on tackling inequalities.
Grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 are available for projects that are ready to start within six weeks.
Applications can be made for either:
- Small-scale investments ranging from £10,001 to £25,000 to address any immediate works required to adapt a place or space to enable a safe return to play.
- Medium-scale investments ranging from £25,001 to £50,000 to address more substantial, but still immediate, changes that may be required to a facility or space.
Projects must be for fixed permanent or semi-permanent, capital works and for coronavirus-related works.
Priority will be given to:
- Projects located in areas of high deprivation (decile 1-3 of the Indices of Deprivation).
- Organisations working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.
- Organisations that do not have a significant level of reserve funding available to utilise.
Applications are currently being accepted with notification of decisions within three weeks.