Home > All Services > Sport and Culture > J2 Active > Sports Club Support during COVID-19 Pandemic

Sports Club Support during COVID-19 Pandemic

picture shows sport charity logos

Regardless of your club’s size and sport, we have all been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This page has specific information on funding opportunities available for clubs to apply for as well as guidance documents to help.

If you require any further advice or guidance please contact J2 Active by e-mail .


Sport England logo



Sport England

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of four funding streams as follows: 

  1. A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  2. A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  3. An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment 
  4. A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England. 

The Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It's specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, 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, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

Check out the  Community Emergency Fund for further information on how to apply.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Any organisation delivering community sport and physical activity can apply to our fund if it’s experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

These organisations include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

What it will fund:

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent 
  • Utility costs 
  • Insurances 
  • Facility or equipment hire 
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds
  • Retrospective losses dating from 1 March 2020.

Some examples of the sort of things the fund can help with are: 

  • Support a sporting club to pay for their utility bills and other costs for their facility when no activity is taking place 
  • Support a local league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which is now cancelled and therefore will not receive the money the players in the league would have paid.

Who the fund is not able to help:

This fund is designed to help grassroots sport and physical activity providers. This means it’s not able to help the following organisations with this fund:

  • Local authorities, including town and parish councils 
  • Schools, colleges and universities 
  • Commercial sport and physical activity providers, for example. private gyms 
  • Leisure operators 
  • Individuals who are either employed or self-employed within the sport and physical activity sector. 
  • Any organisation or individuals who can access support through the government’s financial packages should do so in the first instance. Sport England will review the availability of these packages on an ongoing basis. 

What the funding can't be used for:

  • Activities or costs which are already covered by other government funding, including rates
  • New activities or events
  • Capital works
  • Costs beyond the end of July 2020.

How much can you apply for?

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances we’ll consider awards of more than £10,000.


Picture shows the logo of Club Matters





Club Matters

Keep an eye on Club Matters as they are compiling lots of guidance and templates for sports clubs through the current crisis. There are also templates and guidance such as Emergency Financial Planning, Securing your premises, Understanding financial support available, Making the most of social media channels and more.

Last updated 8 April 2020

Rate this page

We value your feedback. How do you rate the information on this page?

Good OK Poor

Back to the top of the page