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Funding Round-up – Physical Activity and Sport, March 2021


We finish this month of funding round-ups with a collection of opportunities from local and national organisations focusing on physical activity and sport themes aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

Return to Play from Sport England

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sport England has opened their £16.5 million Return to Play fund.

There are three parts to this new fund, all of them now focus on a safe return to play, and making sport and physical activity available to everybody.

  • Small Grants – Grants up to £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19-safe environment.
  • Community Asset Fund – Grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely
  • Active Together – A total of £1.5 million for a crowdfunding initiative to help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them through the crisis.

At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the funding could be made at any time, or until funding is exhausted.

For more information, visit the Sport England website.

Everyday Active Small Grant from Kent Sport

Working in partnership with Kent Trust for Youth Sport and Kent & Medway Sports Board, Kent Sport are providing grants of up to £500 to support Kent and Medway clubs and organisations in these key areas:

  • Inspire Innovation - Funding is available to inspire clubs and organisations who have innovative ideas and projects that encourage and support people who are affected by the impact of COVID-19 to be active.
  • Return to Action - Funding will support clubs and organisations affected by the impact of COVID-19 to return to action. Funding could be available for projects such as new programmes, festivals, events, launches or celebrations of activity, that re-engage with their previous audience and/or encourage those new to activity to continue to be active.

At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which means enquiries to apply for the funding could be made at any time.

More information is available at the Kent Sport website.

Peter Harrison Foundation - Opportunities through Sport Programme

This programme supports UK registered charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs that offer sporting activity or similar projects where they provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills.

Trustees of The Peter Harrison Foundation welcome applications for projects that:

  • Provide a focus for skills development and confidence building through the medium of sport
  • Have a strong training and/or educational theme within the sporting activity
  • Provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people
  • Have a high degree of community involvement
  • Help to engage children or young people at risk of crime, truancy or addiction

The Foundation advises that grants will often be “one off” for capital projects, however revenue funding is also considered for a new project or if funding would make sure of the continuing success or survival of an established project.

This scheme is a continuous rolling programme, so there is no deadline and applications can be accepted at any time.

More information and how to apply is available at the Foundation’s website

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website .



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