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Sport England - Return to Play Fund

This £15 million fund focuses on awards of up to £10,000 that support clubs and community groups respond to the challenges of returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here for 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.


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 -

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 -

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.

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.

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.

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.

PAPA JOHNS - get on the pitch 

A total of £100,000 is available to all grassroots clubs. Click here for more information. 

Poundland Foundation 

The Poundland Foundation is looking to support local sports clubs or organisations looking to support their teams with kit of equipment up to a cost of £750. Click here to visit their site. 

London Sport

Community Ownership Fund

Government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help ensure that communities can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them. Community groups will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched-funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost. Find out more.

Designing London’s Recovery Programme

The Mayor of London, with the Design Council, has launched a programme placing design-led innovation at the heart of London's Covid-19 recovery. Organisations can apply for a share of £500,000 to help respond to three key challenges. The deadline for applications is 15 June.

John Lyons announces £22m to tackle the impact of covid-19

John Lyon’s Charity has ring-fenced £22 million from its endowment, to be spent over the next six years, to support the children and young people’s sector in its beneficial area. With the generous support of its Trustees, this funding will be in addition to the Charity’s regular grant giving of £12 million every year.

Inspiring active communities

Versus Arthritis have Tackling Inequalities funding from Sport England to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity through increasing availability of exercise opportunities in local communities. The fund will be available to organisations to help support people with long-term health conditions to get active via grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Return To Play: Small Grants Fund

This Sport England fund will make awards of between £300 and £15,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the challenges of returning to play in a covid-19-safe way. Open to 30 June. Find out more.

London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund

London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund have launched a new round of Partners for Health for 2021. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for social action projects tackling health inequalities in London. Grants are open to charities that have understanding and expertise to social or health care needs. and should involve joint working with a health partner.

Return To Play: Active Together

Active Together is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000. Successful crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £1.5m for things such as a loss of income due to the crisis, or any other covid-19 related needs.

Understanding the financial support available

ClubMatters have pulled together information on the various support packages released by Government aimed at reducing the negative financial impact on organisations, businesses and the self-employed. The guide includes descriptions of each support package from Government and Sport England funds.

Empower Women Fund

The fund provides support to small women’s groups and organisations developing innovative ways of empowering women in their local area and to built eh capacity of small organisations. Available across two levels. Seed Funding £500-£1000 to run micro projects and women’s sector grants £1000-£5000 or £5000-£25000 to respond to changing needs over at least six months.

True Colours Trust for Disabled Children and their Families

Small grants are available to UK registered charities and community interest companies with an annual income less than £350,000, that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK.

Central Social and Recreational Trust

Grants are available for sports clubs and organisations in England to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the benefit of disadvantaged children who are under the age of 21 years. Funding is available for equipment and maintenance of property. Find out more.

First Steps Enterprise Fund

A loan/grant funding package is available for small community-led charities and social enterprises based and working in England to help them grow their services and become more sustainable. This fund is for community organisations (charities and social enterprises) looking to take on their first loan to to help them grow and become more sustainable.

snap sponsorship

London FA is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with SNAP Sponsorship to help provide clubs and leagues with vital sponsorship support. The SNAP Portal does all the hard-work for you, showing previous discussions with potential sponsors with relevant date and time-stamps. Once the deal is confirmed, it creates the contract and allows both parties to create a 'next steps' list to enable a swift, collaborative partnership.

Clubs pay a reduced monthly fee with the London FA discount code, [LondonFA], and can receive 12 months benefits for the price of 11 in return and pay no commission on what you secure.

A SNAP sponsorship demonstration webinar took place on Tuesday 8th of June 2021 explaining the benefits of the tool and provided the opportunity to ask questions about the platform.

For details on how to sign up to SNAP, please click below.

Sport Unites Fund 

The Sport Unites Fund is for projects that use sport and physical activity to address one or more of these priorities. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for community sport projects taking place between summer 2021 and June 2022 across two grant streams: New Ideas and Tried & Tested.



Sport England - Other Ways to Generate Funding

Sport England - Our Funds

Funding for All - Sports

Football Foundation - Looking for Funding

If you would like to let us know about a funding stream please email