Help and support for groups and clubs during COVID-19

Help sport & physical activity through Coronavirus

Support Hub for groups and clubs

Groups and clubs can access a variety of things from funding, government advice, hosting AGMs online, emergency financial planning template and much more. This information is supplied by Active Notts.


Community emergency funding (£20 million)

Who can apply?

Sports clubs, voluntary groups, small charitable trusts.

Regional or county level organisations or leagues.

What Can Be Funded?

Rent, utility costs, insurances, facility / equipment hire. Core staff costs. Retrospective costs dating from 1 March 2020.

Who Cannot Be Funded?

Local authorities including town & parish councils. Schools, colleges, universities. Commercial sport ( e.g. private gyms.) Leisure operators. Individuals employed or self employed. Other organisations that can access support through the Government’s other financial packages.

What Cannot Be Funded?

Costs already covered by other Government funding including rates. New activities. Capital works. Costs that go beyond July 2020.

How Much Can Be Applied For?

From £300 to £10,000.

Things To Note Before Applying

Exhaust all other options available via other Government sources of funding first. There will be far more applications received than can be funded, therefore funds will be have to be directed to the most needed.

How Many Applications Can You Submit?

Apply only once between 1 March - 31 July 2020.


  1. Audience
    • Funds will be prioritised towards organisations working in disadvantaged areas including rurally deprived areas.
    • Those organisations working with : women & girls, disabled people, lower socio-economic groups, B.A.M.E groups, L.G.B.T. groups, older people, people with long term health conditions.
    • Those organisations trying to maintain an element of self-employment workforce not covered by other Government sources of funding.
    • Q29 in application- “Please describe the work that your organisation does and who in the community takes part in your activities?”
  2. The Role You Play
    • Priority will be given to those organisations that have actively delivered community sport and physical activity in the last 12 months and are staying in contact with their users during this period.
    • Q30 in application – “Describe activities your organisation has delivered in the last 12 months.”
    • Q31 in application – “How are you staying in contact during this closure period?”
  3. Financial Need
    • Organisations will need to demonstrate clear financial need due to the current situation.
    • Q23 – 28 in application.
    • The expected financial impact over the next 3 months including actions that are being taken to reduce the impacts.
    • The minimum expenses that will have to be met during the period of inactivity.
    • Any immediate available unrestricted funds that the organisation has in reserves.
  4. Impact Of Not Receiving Funding
    • The organisation will need to demonstrate the consequences of not receiving funding, particularly the impact on the target groups listed earlier.
    • Q32 in application- “What would be the consequences if your organisation is unsuccessful in securing funding?”

What Happens After An Application Is Submitted?

Sport England will get back to applicants within 7 – 10 working days.


Q. If you can’t access other Government funding and we don’t fit this fund criteria what else can we do?

A. Send an e-mail to 

Q. Can staff costs be included?

A. Costs for casual staff can be included if it is important to retain these workers.

Q. Will the fund support players’ wages?

A. No.

More help

For more help and advice for organisations in Bassetlaw, please contact

The direct link to more detail and the application form please go to:

For other additional Government Support please see:

Last Updated on Friday, April 24, 2020