Sport England Return to Play Fund £16.5 million

Sport England have launched a new £16.5 million fund to give additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who've been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease, and is part of our overall response to the crisis that now includes more than £220m of government and National Lottery funding.

The Chief Executive of Sport England - Tim Hollingsworth, said the fund would particularly focus on tackling inequalities in activity that have worsened over the last six months.

The fund, which will welcome applications from now, is made up of three parts.

  • £10m - Return to Play: Small Grants
  • £5m - Return to Play: Community Asset Fund
  • £1.5m - Return to Play: Active Together

Find out more here.


Applications Open

Leicestershire & Rutland Sport have launched the Sports Organisation Support COVID-19 Fund.

The fund aims to support sports clubs, organisations and businesses that are in need of an immediate cash injection due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Please share with those who you feel have helped deliver or enable physical activity and sporting opportunities within the Leicestershire and Rutland area and are in the most need of this essential funding.

Please follow for further guidance and additional information.

Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund

Application Open

The Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund supports deserving community sports projects close to Samworth Brothers' locations. The Fund was launched in October 2013 and has made over 160 financial awards and commitments to date, totalling over £1.9 million.

Who is eligible?

The Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund has two grant funds;

  • a fund to provide small grants of around £1,000 for projects nominated by Samworth Brothers employees.
  • a larger grants fund is also available which supports larger projects each year. Multi-year projects of up to three years are also considered. These do not require a Samworth Brothers employee nomination.

Projects are required to fit with the Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund overall criteria. All applications to the Fund need to fulfil the geographic criteria and also demonstrate their relevance a number of the other criteria.

Find out more here.

LRS Funding Finder

Applications Open

LRS Funding Finder allows you to see what Funding opportunities are open for Community Groups, Sports Clubs & Charities.

Everards Community Excellence Fund

Nominations for The Everards Community Excellence Fund are now open!

With funding from The Everards Family Foundation and Carling, The Everards Community Excellence Fund sees £40,000 available to support community projects within a 20 mile radius of an Everards pub.

Previous year's funding has helped to set up a number of brand-new community groups, replace very old chairs in a village hall, install a fire door at a library, buy a wheelchair for a basketball club and support a local trust who provide canal boat trips for the elderly and vulnerable, to name just a few.

If you know of a project that is struggling to get off the ground, equipment that needs replacing or a community space in desperate need of renovation get your nominations in and your community could get a share of the £40,000 fund pot.

All you need to do is complete a nomination form online at

Nominations are open until Friday 30th April 2021. All entries will go through a judging panel in May and the winners will be notified at the end of May with projects hoping to be started in June.

Read the stories of the communities who have already benefit from previous campaigns at