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Emergency Funding

We recognise that the we are in unprecedented times and uncharted territory with the spread of Covid – 19.

This is has led to an immediate cease in how voluntary sector organisations and clubs operate and is bound to have long term implications. We are determined to support clubs and organisations through this period and to help minimise the threat to long term sustainability.

Therefore, we will be collating a live list of emergency support available to organisations and clubs throughout the crises.

A lot of Black Country organisations have been successful in receiving Sport England Emergency Funding during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here for more details.

We have identified a range of support detailed below, so if you are not eligible for one please explore the other options.

We are providing dedicated one to one support for clubs and organisations to discuss options – please contact to book a time and slot for one of the officers to get in contact.

Active Black Country has been successful in securing funding for Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (phase 3).

Active Black Country has split their element of TIF in to 4 sub funds:

  • Local Fund
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) Themed Fund
  • Disabled People / People with Long Term-Health Conditions (LTHC) Themed Fund
  • Mental Health Themed Fund

Phase 3 TIF Application Form

Phase 3 TIF Guidance Notes

We’re happy to talk directly with any organisation that might be interested in applying to the Tackling Inequalities Fund to help them understand whether this fund would be suited to their ideas.

Please email Jennifer Oakes if you would like any further information or to discuss a potential application.

In line with Sandwell Council’s ‘Stronger Sandwell’ approach to improving health and wellbeing, and in order to complement existing mental health provision and targeted interventions, this grant programme focuses specifically on the area of promoting positive community mental health with funding being available to support early help/preventative activities; that are run BY local people FOR local people.

This programme provides both funding to resource activities and in-kind support (e.g. guidance, training, information, etc) to build the capacity of the organisation and its staff around positive mental health.

If you’re interested in applying for the VS2030 Community MH grant you will need to put together & email Liz Webster on a draft proposal within the context of the guidance notes remembering to include the who is involved/who will benefit, what the project involves, when you want the project to start/finish, where it will take place and how you propose to do this.

It needs to be clear to someone looking at the proposal for the first time exactly what you want to do, why it's needed and the benefits that people in Sandwell will gain as a result. Here’s the link to the guidance notes Vision-2030-Grants-Guidance-Notes-CMH-FINAL.pdf ( so you have them to hand.

The maximum amount of funding for the Vision 2030 programme available is £5000. Groups with existing Vision 2030 grants from other strands of the programme are eligible and can apply. Groups are encouraged to submit a draft version of their application to Liz Webster on ahead of panel if you would like feedback that may strengthen the application for assessment.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 15th July at 10am.

Crowdfunder and Sport England have teamed up to make £1 million of match funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.


  • Increase sports organisation sustainability
  • Reduce grant dependency
  • Improve relations with wider community

Find out more

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All Community Fund decisions for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis.

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

For further details visit their website.

Any Serco employee can nominate any voluntary organisation, known to them or the local community, which is providing meaningful and valuable support to others during this worldwide pandemic.

Serco are particularly keen to offer grants to organisations supporting:

  • the elderly;
  • the vulnerable; and
  • those affected by school closures

For more information please email:

Crowdfunder is making it 100% free for social enterprises that turn to Crowdfunder during the crisis.

Visit their website for more details.

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

They provide information on financial support packages for businesses, advice on how to operate your business, support for your employees, for example workers' wage costs and information on changes to planning and regulations. 

Take a look at their website for more details.


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