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Club Preparation Fund

Applications are now open for the Football Foundation’s Club Preparation Fund between 29 June and 19 July.

Following the £7m investment into preparing the country's pitches, the Premier League, The FA and Government, through Sport England, are providing a further £2.19 million to help clubs get their buildings ready for football's return.

Following recent guidance issued by The FA for restarting of football activity, eligible clubs and organisations will now be able to apply for a fixed £500 grant to make the necessary changes and modifications to allow them to reopen.


Sport England Open Call

Sport England is looking for innovative solutions to support people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Sport England Open Call is an opportunity to access the organisation’s connections, obtain advice from industry experts, gain access to industry-leading research and insight, and a possible award of up to £50,000.

Click here to find out more.

Free one-to-one advice and support to help London businesses face the challenges of COVID-19

The London Growth Hub’s team of business advisers are here to support London businesses through COVID-19 and beyond. Supported by the Mayor of London, the London Growth Hub advisers can help you work out your next steps, create a plan of action and provide a gateway into the vital resources, support and initiatives needed to sustain your business through this challenging period.

Meanwhile, our friends at the Sport & Recreation Alliance has provided some very useful information on the support available from the Government. Please click here to view.

The London Community Foundation has also launched the London Communities Coronavirus Appeal, which aims to mobilise essential funds to the Capital’s grassroots charities and community groups.

The Charity Excellence Framework
A free, online toolkit to increase impact and funding, & Covid-19 Funder database - click here for more.

Self Employed compensation scheme 

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be able to use this scheme to claim a grant.

The scheme applies to self employed people who had an income of less than £50,000 in 2018/19 and their self employed income was more than 50% of their total income.

GLA help for charities

Details of City Hall specific funding for charities is set out here:

Finally, there has been a central government announcement on supporting charities, which seems to involve a large grant being given to the National Lottery Community Fund – so perhaps that might be another source of funding to consider:

Plus this announcement may be useful:

Grants Online

A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over £10m-worth of Covid19 business grants still unclaimed in Bexley!

Since the end of March the Council’s Business Rates team have been hard at work processing over 1600 applications to the Covid19 business grant scheme for Small Business Retail Relief recipients and businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors across the borough. Government emergency funding means that grants of either £10,000 or £25,000 are now available (subject to status) to Bexley businesses. To date 1,049 businesses have received grants totalling £12,890,000. However, there are still over 1,000 businesses in the borough eligible to receive the money, but who haven’t yet applied. Is your business one of them?

The application process is very simple and quick and can be done via this web page. If you are eligible and receive payment you are not required to pay the £10,000 or £25,000 back, even if you later vacate the premises. Even if your premises are too small for you to have paid business rates in recent years, you may still be eligible for the grant.

You will need to have your bank details and a copy of your latest business rates bill available as this information will be required to complete the application. 

Further information on eligibility criteria and guidance for applying can be found at:


Find out what financial support you can get for your business -

The money will help our partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic -

Sport England are making up to £35 million of funding available in a Community Emergency Fund to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis -

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available -

London Community Response Fund 
Wave 1 Small Grants: This first wave of funding from the collaboration of funders is for urgent needs so that you can cover costs that you are incurring right now to support communities affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and the move to social distancing, with a focus on food and essentials.

Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund
Young people have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 to fund a project or activity to support other young people during lockdown. To apply, young people need to be aged 8 – 19 and live, work or study in Hackney. 

All they have to do is come up with a great idea that can take place indoors – and if the young people on the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund Panel like their application they will get the grant!

Apply online

Free funding support and resources
London Sport provides free funding advice and a number of useful resources on our website to help organisations including dos and don’ts of writing a funding bid, top tips and developing a strong evidence base. In addition, London Sport provide a free Check and Challenge to proofread a final application. See our funding portal.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund
Sport England have put in place a £35 million fund to support organisations during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can find out how the fund is progressing in your area with this real time tool here. The tool covers how many applications received, approved and the amount of funding granted so far.

London's funders have been responsive and agile to help the sector
Specialist Advisor for Funding Mel Antao looks at how funders are adapting their methods during the covid-19 outbreak and delves into the support available for grassroots physical activity and sport organisations in the capital. Read her blog.

Comic Relief Community Fund
Grants are available for small grassroots groups and charities in England either to help them develop their organisation or to deliver projects that fit with Comic Relief's four strategic themes: Children Survive & Thrive, Fighting for Gender Justice, A Safe Place to Be and Mental Health Matters. Your annual income must be under £250k. 

London Community Response Fund – Wave Two
Wave 2 has two funding programmes with a rolling deadline and weekly decisions. First, Crisis Response which is grants (up to £10,000) to enable you to meet the communities’ immediate needs, from food to equipment and additional short-term staff. Second, Delivering Differently which is grants (£10,000-£50,000) to enable you to change how your delivery, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan 
The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports SMEs with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to six years.  Rolling deadline. More here.  

National Lottery Awards for All England 
This programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the covid-19 pandemic.  They are looking to award funding of £300-£10,000 to cover six months of expenditure.  They are asking organisations not looking for covid-19 related funding to not to submit an application. Rolling deadline.

GLA Grants - Stronger Communities Fund
As part of Sport Unites, over the next year the Stronger Communities fund will award up to £5k to projects that use sport and physical activity to bring Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, and help socially isolated or lonely Londoners feel better connected to their local communities. First deadline is 28 May.

The Healthy Communities Together programme 
This programme offers up to £3 million of grant funding (over three years) to empower voluntary and community sector organisations to work together with the local health and care sector to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities. Due to the pandemic, they have extended the deadline for expressions of interest to 27 May.

Mayor of London launches Pay It Forward for businesses 
Working with Crowdfunder UK the London Growth Hub is supporting businesses to raise funds and help them manage cashflow during the coronavirus crisis. Read more.

Social Investment Business partners with Power to Change
From Spring 2020, Social Investment Business (SIB) will become Power to Change’s grant administrator for the Community Business Fund, Homes in Community Hands, Empowering Places, M&S Community Business Challenge and Sandbox Ideas programmes and for Research and Market Development grants.

This programme will support Londoners with complex needs to gain skills and find (or remain in) work, education or training. These are Londoners who already face disadvantage, and who are likely to be further disadvantaged by the impact of COVID-19 on London’s economy. Click here for more information.

This regularly updated resource is updated with COVID-19 funding initiatives and other programmes. Click here to find out more.