Covid-19: Funding Sources

As well as its direct public health impacts, the covid-19 outbreak has presented real financial challenges to London’s grassroots physical activity and sport organisations. In response, a number of public funders are making available new funding packages to provide support and assistance to physical activity and sport bodies, and the wider charitable sector.

This page contains a selected list of major funding sources that have been launched in response to the covid-19 outbreak.


Sport England Covid-19 Funding

Community Emergency Fund

Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need. It is specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently funded by Sport England, who have a role to play in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or ceasing of operations due to the covid-19 outbreak. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.

This fund has temporarily been paused whilst Sport England’s grant assessors process the remaining c2,000 applications received to date.

Other Funding

Further Sport England funding to support a range of sport sector bodies is being made available, including a £5m Sector Partner Fund, a £55m Sector Stimulation Fund and £115m rollover of funding for key partners.


London Community Response Fund

Wave 2 – Funding

A maximum of three months of funding can be applied for and you can only apply for one grant – either a crisis response or a delivering differently. If you received a grant in Wave 1 (food and essentials), you will be able to apply again as part of Wave 2.

Crisis Respond:

Grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs.

Delivering differently:

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand. 

Wave 2 Medium Grants as of this week have been temporarily paused.  The small grants for emergency food and clothing is still open.


Other Funding

National Lottery Awards for All England

This grant programme will now focus on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the covid-19 pandemic (including helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by covid-19).  Given the emergency, they are looking to award funding of £300 – £10,000 to cover six months of expenditure.

Youth Endowment Fund £6.5m covid-19 Grant Round

The Youth Endowment Fund opened a £6.5m covid-19 grant round to support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence. The new grant round will help organisations adapt and deliver activities to reach and support vulnerable children during the covid-19 pandemic, under social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.

Organisations that support children (aged 10-14) in England and Wales at risk of youth violence can apply for funding of £25,000 and over to delivering the following activities. Because of the financial pressure they are under, 50% of the total £6.5m funding available will be reserved for charities and social enterprises. 

The application window will close midday Wednesday 3 June 2020.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for UK social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.

RRLF is being delivered by social enterprises for social enterprises – so we understand the business models, structures and governance of the sector.

The RRLF will be offering loans of between £100k-£500k, with a loan term of one year (minimum) and a maximum of 3 years. Loans are interest-free and fee-free for the first 12 months (as part of CBILS), with an interest rate of 6.5% per annum for years two and three.


This page will be updated with any new funding opportunities that we become aware of. If you are providing funding suitable for physical activity and sport organisations in response to the covid-19 crisis and would like your funding to be promoted here, contact us.


London Sport has created a page which will be updated with any new statements or information from London Sport on the covid-19 outbreak and any impacts on our work.