Sport England have opened a £20million fund to support community sport and physical activity organisations in meeting financial obligations during this time.

It aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need, specifically targeted at organisations 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 ongoing crisis.

The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, as well as voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

Sport England are awarding individual grants anywhere between £300 and £10,000, but are also willing to consider larger awards in cases of exceptional circumstance.

The Derbyshire FA encourage clubs and leagues to look into the fund, and are willing to offer their support in applying for grants - you can find out more about the fund by clicking here.

The Chancellor has also set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • A statutory sick pay relief package for SMEs;
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England;
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief;
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000;
  • The 'Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme' offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank;
  • A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans;
  • The HMRC 'Time To Pay' scheme.

More information can be found here.