Clubs In Crisis Fund

We have teamed up with Made By Sport and UKCF to offer local sports clubs and organisations the opportunity to apply for grants that help support young people as they start to recover from the effects of the latest lockdown.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on young people across the UK, and thanks to Made By Sport, we can offer this chance for sports clubs and organisations to access vital funding which can help them to continue bringing sport and physical activity into young people’s lives.

Grants of £2,021 are available.

For this particular fund, we are distributing funds in Essex as well as Cambridgeshire. Organisations should continue to contact Essex Community Foundation directly for any/all other funding needs.

Note to applicants: Made By Sport is offering the opportunity thanks to support from the Cash4Clubs scheme. The Cash4Clubs scheme is funded by Flutter Entertainment Ltd. The donation being made by Flutter is the amount it benefitted from as a result of business rates relief, which was put in place from March 2020 to March 2021 for its shops in England. All applicants should be aware of this before applying for funding.

Development Outcomes

The fund will only fund sport for development projects which work towards one or more of the following outcomes:

Developing Life Skills

We will support projects which develop the soft skills that will ultimately improve the life chances of young people, specifically projects and organisations that work towards any of the six key areas of life skills development identified by the WHO:

1. Communication and interpersonal skills
2. Decision-making and problem solving
3. Creative thinking and critical thinking
4. Self-awareness and empathy
5. Assertiveness and self-control
6. Resilience

Improving Mental Health

We will support projects and organisations that promote positive mental health through physical activity, which:

  • Achieve increased confidence and resilience
  • Encourage positive social interaction
  • Specifically address mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or ADHD
  • Focus on general wellbeing and wellness

Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

We will support projects and organisations that reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, either through providing diversionary activities at key times, or through modifying and promoting positive behaviour.

Developing Employability Skills

We will support projects and organisations which either develop employability skills or those which provide actual pathways to employment. We will prioritise projects working towards one of the following three outcomes, for young people aged 16 and above:

1. Communication and interpersonal skills, including working well with others.
2. Reliability and dependability, including meeting deadlines and turning up on time.
3. The ability and willingness to learn new skills, whether job-specific or more general.

In terms of specific pathways to employment, we will include funding for volunteer pathways and qualifications in sport.

Building Stronger Communities

We will support projects and organisations which build and rebuild communities, for example:

  • Those which encourage integration or bridge divides between groups of people.
  • Those providing opportunities for vulnerable or marginalised groups.

Eligibility Criteria

Grants of £2,021 are available.

Not-for-profit organisations must be legally registered as one of the following structures if their income is above £5,000:

  • Registered, exempt, and excepted charities
  • Parish and Town Councils, Village Halls, and Parochial Church Councils
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Social Enterprises which have the Social Enterprise Mark
  • Co-Operatives and Community Benefit Societies (formerly Industrial and Provident Societies)
  • Sports clubs that are either Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs), affiliated with a National Governing Body such as Badminton England, or have an income under £5,000

All applicants must attach Supporting Documentation to their applications. For guidance on what is required, please visit our How to Apply page.

We cannot fund: 

  • Organisations that are unable to demonstrate that the pandemic has affected them, either operationally or financially.
  • Organisations with an annual turnover of over £75,000.
  • Organisations that are not working towards one of the five sport for development outcomes above.
  • Projects for beneficiaries outside the ages 5-25. Priority will be placed on organisations promoting sport primarily for young people aged 5-25 (and that have less than 10% of their membership outside of this age range).
  • Sport or physical activity with no element of social purpose.