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Active Cumbria - Funding News

28 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding



Sport England have launched a new series of funding for Return to Play which is now open for applications and includes:

  • Return to Play – Small GrantsThis £10 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.

  • Return to Play: Community Asset FundCapital awards of between £10,001 and £50,000 will help clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces, so that sport and physical activity can happen during the pandemic

  • Return to Play: Active Together A £2.5 million fund, with up to £10,000 in match funding, as part of a support package to help clubs and organisations set up and run crowdfunding campaigns related to Covid-19, such as a loss of income due to the pandemic.

For more detail about each fund, please head to the Sport England website where eligibility rules and guidance on how to apply for the funds can be found. However please note the following priorities:

Highest priority

  • Projects located in areas of high deprivation (decile 1-3 of the Indices of Deprivation). To see which decile your project location fits into, you can use this postcode checker.

Other funding priorities

  • Organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, 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 don't have a significant level of reserve funding available to utilise.




For further funding opportunities, please see our main funding page 

For specific funding to help with the impact of covid-19 please see our dedicated covid funding page 



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