Important News

Sport England today (31st March 2020) announced a £20 million emergency fund for local sports clubs and community sports organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the impact of Covid-19. Clubs, leagues and community organisations can apply for a grant up to £10,000 who are not currently in receipt of Sport England funding.

This will be a lifeline for a number of Essex sports clubs, leagues, and community sport organisations who need emergency money to cover costs such as rent, utility costs, insurance, staffing, and facility/equipment hire. The grant can cover the period from 1st March to 31st July.

Priority will be given to clubs, leagues and organisations that serve disadvantaged areas and Sport England priority target groups. Grants will only be provided as a last option after other government sources and funding programmes have been ruled out. Applications must only be made if there is a funding emergency. Applications must be made online, and Sport England will respond within 7 to 10 working days.

You can access information and the application form here.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with us at

Further advice and support may be available from National Governing Bodies of Sport.


Other key sources of grants in Essex are:

  • Essex Community Foundation; The Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme is to get help quickly to voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis as a result of the pandemic and need emergency funding to keep their vital services running. Initially grants of up to £15,000 will be available. See more information here.
  • The CAF (Charity’s Aid Foundation) has launched this rapid national response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. See more information for the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund here.
  • Together with Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500. See the national Magic Little Grants Scheme here.

Please see the criteria and application questions here:

Community Emergency Fund – Guidance

CEF application form