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.

The William Colton Youth Sports Fund

Applications open until September 30th 2021!

Aim of the fund:

The William Colton Sports Fund was established in 2012.

This fund is to support sports clubs, societies or groups that deliver sporting activities that benefit the physical and mental health of young people between the ages of 5 and 21

*Please note- This fund does not currently support football, darts, equestrian or dance based projects

Location and Organisation Priority:
• Sports Group and Organisations delivering sporting activities in areas of deprivation both urban and rural.
• Smaller organisations that have limited access to larger funds.
• Sports Group and Organisations delivering sporting activities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, with priority given to applications delivering in the borough of Charnwood.

Priority to fund:
• Equipment
• Training or coaching qualifications
• Volunteer out of pocket expenses e.g. travel cost
• Staffing, rental or hire costs that are clearly budgeted and only used for the project.

Grants are available across Leicestershire and Rutland from £1,000 up to £3,000 and must be spent within a year of receiving the grant.

Applications are now open, before applying please read the Fund fact sheet by visiting the following website: