Government Announcement 2nd Lockdown Sports Grants

Sports Clubs 

The ECB and Sport England has highlighted potential financial help for sports clubs in the light of the new national Covid-19 lockdown.

Following the announcement of new national restrictions, the Government has announced new one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses to help them through to the spring.

The grants will be provided as follows:
£4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
£6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
£9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

The new one-off grants are in addition to existing business support, including grants worth up to £3,000 for closed businesses, and up to £2,100 per month for impacted businesses once they reopen.

Grants are to be delivered via local authorities, who will be the best initial point of contact for further information.

ECB Funding for Cricket Clubs
ECB emergency support programmes, including Return to Cricket Grants and Emergency Loans, remain open to Clubs and Leagues. The closing date for Return to Cricket Grants has been extended to March and will be kept under review. Further details can be found here.

Sport England Funding For Clubs
Sport England have reopened their £16.5 million Return to Play: Small Grants fund to refocus on helping groups, clubs and people who deliver sport and physical activity through the additional challenges that this period of national restrictions will bring. They have also made important changes to the criteria to ensure they are giving the right help at this time.

Their two other coronavirus-related funds, Return to Play: Community Asset Fund and Return to Play: Active Together, are also open for applications. 

Separately, Sport England is also working closely with Government on a package of support for sports, following the £100m of government support to leisure operators.

To find out more about the Sport England funding options and how to apply, visit the link

Sport Wales Funding For Sports Clubs
TheBe Active Fund remains open for applications for the following purposes:

To help protect clubs and community organisations or groups that are at immediate financial risk as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This grant is intended to help organisations that are unable to meet their financial obligations because of Covid-19. For example, to cover fixed costs (e.g. rent and utility) that are no longer supported with revenue.
Protect grants of £300-£5,000 are available for emergency support

To help prepare clubs and community organisations in direct response to Covid-19.
This grant is designed to fund elements and items that are essential for a return to play.
Prepare grants of £300-£50,000 are available.

To help progress sport and activity to the next step and support long-term sustainability.
This grant is intended to help clubs and community organisations:
Tackle inequality
Create long-term solutions to be more sustainable
Take innovative approaches
Grants of £300 – £50,000 are available.

Further details about the application process can be found HERE.

If your club requires any support with grant funding 4Grants provides a no win no fee service for sports clubs across the UK. This could be for COVID, facility or revenue funding, we are here to help.

A selection of the latest grants that are available


D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Grants are available for UK registered charities working in the UK in the areas of advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare, and improvement or protection of the environment. Deadline 8th October.

VCSE Health & Wellbeing Fund 
Fund for third sector for improving start in life, targeted at: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups & children in areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas). Closes 30th October 2020.

Healthy Communities Surviving Covid19 Fund

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. Deadline 30th October.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Children & Young People Grants

Grants for charities in England and Wales that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up the age of 25 years) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life. The deadline is 31st October.

Music For all – Community Project Funding
Grants are available to UK-based community groups that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities. The deadline is 1st November 2020.

UK Nature Engagement Grants

Grants are available for schools and community groups in the UK to increase youth engagement with nature. The deadline is 1st November 2020.

Volant Charitable Trust – Coronavirus Response Fund
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. Deadline 31st December.

Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

Grants are available to UK registered charitable non-governmental organisations that help to promote peace and security, and environmental sustainability. Deadline 5th February 2021.

Allchurches Trust 
Grants are available for churches and Christian charities to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. 

National Lottery Community Fund
Government emergency support funding for charities distributed via the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is now open for people and communities affected by Covid-19. There are small and large grants.

Mental Health Response Fund
Grants available for VCS organisations.

Healthy Communities
The Healthy Communities Together Programme offers up to 3M in funding to empower voluntary and community sector organisations to work together with the local care sector to boost community wellbeing.

Edward Gostling Foundation
The Edward Gostling Foundation is now focused on helping smaller charities through the crisis and grants of up to 10K are available to help with core operating costs.

Shanly Foundation 
The Shanly Foundation is calling for applications for its Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund.

Power to Change
Power to Change has announced an emergency support scheme for community businesses.

Alpkit Foundation
Grants of up to £500 are available for organisations serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund
new response fund has been set up by CAF (Charities Aid Foundation for established small voluntary organisations affected by Covid 19. Grants of up to £10,000 available to allow continued local community support. 

Looking for £5k to £100k funding for your cricket club?

As the cricket season draws to a close, now is the right time to apply for funding so that you can benefit from it next year. Does your clubs need:

Clubhouse/changing room renovations

Kitchens or toilets

New or renovated cricket nets

Ground equipment

Improvements to playing surface including wicket and outfield

No upfront costs, we work on no win no fee, simply get in touch today.

COVID19 – 67 new grants released

England – Regions 

Action Together Community Response Fund – voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector in Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside & Glossop: either up to £200 or up to £1,000. 

Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation – support from £180k in corporate donors. 

Berkshire Community Foundation – details of how this funding can be accessed available soon. 

Big Give – #donateyourcommute – first £200k will be doubled through match funding provided by the Reed Family. Funding will go to NET. 

Brighton & Hove COVID-19 emergency fund – short term and emergency support to community and voluntary organisations supporting the most vulnerable residents. 

Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund – £1k – £5k, older people (aged 60 and over) and other vulnerable people, including the need for self-isolation, financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, further exacerbation of health issues, loneliness and isolation. 

Cheshire Community Foundation – activities that help vulnerable people self-isolating, provide funding to coordinate community response and support volunteers, and increase capacity for organisations providing emergency support, such as foodbanks or benefits advice. 

Childhood Trust – Champions for Children – match funding campaign June to raise unrestricted funding for charities working with children and young people acrossLondon. 

Community Chest Fund – Runcorn, projects and initiatives to tackle any emerging challenges the virus is creating. 

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and N’berland – Two stages. Response – organisations supporting older people and other vulnerable groups. Recovery – a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected.
Community Foundation for Calderdale – grants of £1000 to local charities to help the most vulnerable.
Community Foundation for Merseyside – foodbanks, food/care package to vulnerable people, services for the vulnerable, such as older people, emotional and mental health wellbeing, financial inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice.
Community Foundation for Staffordshire – organisations that support vulnerable members of our communities, which are finding it difficult to operate.
County Durham Community Fund – local groups: the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

Cumbria Community Foundation – charitable projects supporting people, helping to keep them safe and supported in their homes and reducing pressure on the NHS.
Community Southwark – community organisations and local charities, for £5k-20k for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects.
Devon Community Foundation – local charities and community organisations, in two stages: response, then recovery.
Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund – charities, community groups and organisations who support vulnerable groups. 

Forever Manchester – grassroot community groups responding to help those most affected. Up to £1,000. 

Give Bradford Resilience Fund – charities and community groups across Bradford.
Gloucestershire Community Foundation – coordinated volunteer programmes, and those picking up extra demand such as foodbanks, counselling services, advice organisations and befriending services. Max grant 35k.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) – those facing distress and hardship. 

Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation – constituted charitable and community organisations. Priorities of the fund older people (over the age of 70), vulnerable people with medical conditions and people who are isolated: £500 – £2,500.
Leicestershire Communities Fund – constituted voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises to support vulnerable people. £5,000 – £25,000. 

GMCA COVD-19 – 60 micro commissions to be given to artists and creators, based in Greater Manchester, across all artforms. 

Heart of England Community Foundation – local communities and projects. West Midlands & Warwickshire. 

Heart of Bucks Community Foundation – people and charities in Buckinghamshire who are most affected and vulnerable. 

Herefordshire Community Foundation – Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations, additional costs of working remotely and adapting services, emotional support, mental health and bereavement support. 

Hertfordshire Coronavirus Disaster Relief Fund- local charities supporting local people facing a range of social issues: social isolation, food poverty, poverty and poor mental health. 

Kent Community Foundation – constituted community groups, annual income less than £200K, supporting isolated older people. 

LCRCares – the most vulnerable people in Liverpool.
Leeds Community Foundation Resilience Fund – charities and community groups.
Lincolnshire Community Foundation – the most vulnerable, help local community organisations to respond and develop advice and support initiatives.
London Community Foundation – grass roots charities and community groups.
London Funders – £2m fund for organisations: immediate financial pressures, increasing demands for services, higher staff absences, fewer volunteers and lower donations. Wave 1 Grants open – costs in supporting communities, focus on food and essentials. 

Foundation Derbyshire’s Coronavirus Fund – community groups and organisations – initial focus on food banks and befriending services. 

The Langtree Trust – £50 to £1,000, local voluntary sector agencies and community groups in Gloucestershire. Priority given to church projects, youth groups, disabled and disadvantaged people. 

London Landmarks – Local Landmarks Challenge. Runners identify their own local landmark, run a 5k, a 10k or a half marathon around it and raise money for charity. They have time until 3 May, anyone can participate, even if they could not secure a ticket for the main event. 

Maanch Response Fund – including corporate and high net worth donors. Join platform (it’s free), then call them to discuss. Includes UK charities working internationally – elderly, children, food banks, mental health, medical research. 

Manchester Community Support Fund – constituted community groups in Greater Manchester: up to £1k. 

Manchester Wellbeing Fund – groups developing new ways of keeping in touch with the most vulnerable. 

Maudsley Charity – South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) patients and staff: hospital and community services across Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark – and Bethlem Royal Hospital, Bromley. 

Merton Giving – charities helping isolated households and those at risk. 

Milton Keynes Emergency Response Appeal – charities and community groups; vulnerable people. 

Morecambe Bay Foundation Appeal Fund – details to be released. 

Newcastle upon Tyne Community Foundation – small, local charities and community organisations and which have previously received support: vulnerable groups. Will not be accepting applications. 

Norfolk Community Foundation – up to £1,000 to support community action to help vulnerable people.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation – rapid support to charities and community organisations providing care and support for elderly and vulnerable people.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner – sustain delivery of crucial community projects; £200k available for organisations, with the PCC office taking applications of grants of up to £5,000.
Oxford Community Foundation – to meet new needs appearing, new ways of meeting existing needs, to recover, if operations or income are interrupted.
Quartet Community Foundation – West of England: up to £5k – elderly, people with disabilities and/or underlying health difficulties, homeless people, low income families, refugees and asylum seekers, people experiencing food poverty.
Salford CVS – VCSE organisations – up to £500: food and household items to vulnerable groups, phone-based and other practical support to vulnerable groups/self-isolated households, emotional wellbeing and mental health support.
Steve Morgan Foundation – £1m per week to charities in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire to help the most vulnerable members of society.
Suffolk Community Foundation – older people at risk (typically over the age of 70), vulnerable people with medical conditions, those that have limited support networks, those picking up extra 

Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund – groups responding to the needs of vulnerable people. 

Sussex Community Foundation – local charities and community groups. 

Somerset Community Foundation – grants on a rolling basis, beginning as soon as funds become available. 

Staffordshire COVID-19 Support Fund – each county councillor has £2,500 to support community groups in their area.
The Community Foundation for Stoke & Staffordshire – individuals and organisations with the immediate and unexpected costs. 

Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society – activities that manage the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 and implement preventative measures to support this population 

Two Ridings Community Foundation – up to £2k, community organisations preparing to respond, development of advice and support initiatives, groups that provide vital community support. North East England. 

United in Hammersmith & Fulham – micro grants directly to groups. Focusing on the extra needs of at-risk groups, including people with complications severe enough to require hospital care, unable to cope with isolation, living in poverty. 

Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund – prioritise groups supporting individuals who are most affected by the outbreak, particularly those facing issues brought about by isolation or loss of income. 

West Berkshire & North Hampshire – Greenham Trust – £250,000, charities and voluntary organisations supporting the elderly and vulnerable people. 

Worthing Community Chest – grants of up to £250 for small, ad hoc, neighbourhood projects. 

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation – smaller charities, £250 and £2,000, helping communities, including running, staff and travel costs as well as volunteer expenses. 6 April.

Young Barnet – brilliant people, so no surprise they’ve created a task force of charities to build a fund to support Barnet grassroots organisations in providing frontline support. 

COVID19 – Latest Sports Funding

  1. Comic Relief – some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline. Support for grantees through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes, or re- budgeting remaining funds. 
  2. Sport England: Community Emergency Fund – including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations: £300 to £10,000. 
  1. Sport England: Sector Partner Fund – Active Partnerships and national governing bodies, on bespoke measures for any instances of immediate financial distress. 
  2. Sport England: Sector Stimulation Fund – will be rolled out in coming weeks. 

COVID19 Funder List

UK Wide 

  1. Alpkit – prioritising funds for projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected. £500 grants. 
  2. #ArtInAid – for every acquisitions of artworks, Le Dame Art Gallery will donate 30% on sales to a charity of your choice. 
  3. Asda – £5m to its partners FareShare and the Trussell Trust. This will provide over 4 million meals to families in poverty, as well as more than 3000 charities access to free food over the next 3 months. 
  4. Big Society Capital – £100m emergency loan fund for charities. 
  5. Cadent Foundation – Midlands, North West England, South Yorkshire, East of England and North London. Committed £240k to the Trussell Trust, ready to support other worthy causes. 
  6. CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund – organisations with income of £1m or less, up to £10k to support day-to-day activities, or your emergency response activities. 
  7. Clothworkers Foundation – small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services. Not open to charities whose beneficiaries are based in London. London initiative to be announced soon. 3 April. 
  8. Co-op – £1.5 million of essential food products to FareShare’s 23 regional centres, and then  supplied to a network of local community groups across the country. 
  9. Crisis – local groups financially affected by additional demands on their resources and have expanded their provision for those experiencing homelessness: £5k short-term response, £50k longer-term. 

10. East Suffolk Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Funds – £50 and £2,500, larger requests under exceptional circumstances.
11. Greggs Foundation – funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other  support to schools and community hubs.
12. Halifax Foundation – prioritising Covid-19 related grant applications, will now consider constituted groups not yet registered as a charity.
13. Indigo Trust – has donated £1m to the Trussell Trust for food banks.
14. John Lewis & Waitrose – £1m Community Support Fund distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities, and a support fund to aid staff facing additional costs.
15. Johnson Foundation – social isolation, deprivation, healthcare and education/young people. Must be registered charity, email Kate Eugeni –
16. Leathersellers Company – UK registered charities supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence, nursing care to vulnerable patients.
17. Martin Lewis – £1m, £5k to £20k to small registered UK charities for UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. Currently closed to new applications. 

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

Sport England has announced a £195 million package to support the sector and an initial three-month period of significant flexibility to reflect our and your current circumstances.

The fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need and builds on the success of similar previous funds such as the Flood Relief Fund.

It’s specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

Organisations can apply for grants between £300 and £10,000.

You can apply to the fund here

ECB unveils £20m support package for recreational cricket

An extra budget of just over £20m will become available to the recreational game through a cricket club support loan scheme, grants through the “Return to Cricket” scheme and a 12-month holiday on loan repayments for recreational clubs.

Tom Harrison, chief executive officer of the ECB, said: “We would like to thank everyone within the cricket network who is working tirelessly to protect the game during this period of uncertainty.

“We understand these are challenging times and it has been our priority to provide swift and immediate support to all members of the cricket family at every level in England and Wales.

“We are fully aware that the situation with COVID-19 will continue to develop, and it will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear. We will continue work with all of our partners to protect the ongoing health of the entire game in the short term and beyond.”


In light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) emergency, 4Grants has pulled together grants available for nonprofit organisations dealing with the effects of this emergency. 

A number of Community Foundations and orther organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The list will be updated over the next few days and weeks as and when information becomes available. Please contact 4Grnats if you require our service to complete the applications, working on a No Win, No Fee service.

Funds Accepting Applications

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (Cambridge and Cambridgeshire)
Name of Fund: Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund

Cheshire Community Foundation (Cheshire and Warrington)
Name of Fund: Covid-19 Response Programme

City Bridge Trust (London)
City Bridge Trust gives £1m to emergency fund

Community Foundation (Tyne & Wear and Northumberland)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

Cornwall Community Foundation (Cornwall)
Name of Fund: Emergency Fund

Cumbria Community Foundation (Cumbria)
Name of Fund: Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund

Foundation Derbyshire (Derbyshire)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Fund

Devon Community Foundation (Devon)
Name of Fund: Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

Essex Community Foundation (Essex)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme

Gloucestershire Community Foundation (Gloucestershire)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund

Help Musicians (UK)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation (Coventry and Warwickshire)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Resilience Fund

Kent Community Foundation (Kent)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation (Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Support Fund

John Lewis Partnership (UK)
Name of Fund: Community Support Fund

Milton Keynes Community Foundation (Milton Keynes)
Name of Fund: MK Emergency Appeal Fund

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Community Fund

Quartet Community Foundation (Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Response Fund

Steve Morgan Foundation (North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire)
Name of Fund: Covid – 19 Emergency Fund

Community Foundation for Surrey (Surrey)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Response Fund

Two Ridings Community Foundation (York, North Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull)
Name of Fund: Coronavirus Community Fund

Funds Being Launched in the Near Future

Arts Council England
Name of Fund: Covid-19 Support to organisations and individuals

Bedfordshire Community Foundation

Berkshire Community Foundation (Berkshire)

Foundation Derbyshire (Derbyshire)

Dorset Community Foundation (Dorset)

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (Hampshire & Isle of Wight)

Heart of England Community Foundation (Coventry and Warwickshire)

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (Hertfordshire)

Lincolnshire Community Foundation (Lincolnshire)

London Community Foundation (London)

The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal (UK)

Norfolk Community Foundation (Norfolk)

Northamptonshire Community Foundation (Northamptonshire)

Oxfordshire Community Foundation (Oxfordshire)

Somerset Community Foundation (Somerset)

Community Foundation (Stoke and Staffordshire)

Suffolk Communitty Foundation (Suffolk)

Community Foundation Wales (Wales)

Wilshire Community Foundation (Wiltshire and Swindon)

Lease’s explained…

Security of tenure is legal protection preventing arbitrary rent increases and landlords’ attempts to repossess property through eviction. 

Grant funders require all projects to be completed at a site where the applicant holds security of tenure through freehold ownership or long-term leasehold.   Funders will ask you to submit a copy of the lease or freehold documents as part of your application to satisfy them that you are legally entitled to undertake the works.

Your organisation does not need to own the site where the project is taking place, but it is expected to have a secure lease. Funders require the length of lease to be appropriate to the amount of funding requested. 

Please note that the funders are unlikely to offer a grant for which the lease does not fulfil there requirements :

Each funders requirements are different, its important that you check there criteria before applying.  We strongly suggest that when you are negotiating a lease that you aim for 25 years. That way it gives you piece of mind but also shows that the land owner is in full support of your organisation.

Below is a sample lease structure from one grant funding body.  This is not the same for every funder.

Award Amount          Minimum Length of Lease   Grant Security

£5,000 to £50,000            5 years                       None

£50,001 to £100,000        10 years                     None

£100,001 to £150,000       15 years                     None

£150,001 to £250,000        25 years                     In some cases for at least 25 years

Certain Major Grants where the site requires protection 99 years         

Normally for a minimum of 99 years