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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.

The Active Black Country partnership is the Active Partnership (AP) for the Black Country.

We aim to create an Active, Healthy region. Our organisation has a passionate belief that physical activity and sport can change people’s lives and that it is every resident right to be physically active and play sport.

A central theme of our approach is our Communities theme, that aims to understand underrepresented group’s needs, motivations, fears and barriers to change. To support the development of attainable inclusive opportunities for people to be active and play sport.

Sport England have provided Active Black Country with ‘Tackling Inequalities funding’ to invest across the region and work with those networks, community organisations and clubs within the most deprived areas.

We want to ensure that we support those in greatest need to continue to deliver a vital service and/or increase their reach into communities and residents who are most of risk.

Applications are now open!  We encourage all potential applicants to get in touch with us to discuss your ideas.

Download guidance notes here.
Download the Application Form here

Partners have developed a range of resources that you may find helpful in developing your idea:
Activity Alliance Resources
Activity Alliance - Reopening Activity: An Inclusive Response
Priority Audience Covid Impact
StreetGames Coronavirus Report Exec Summary and Full Report
StreetGames Youth Voice Research
Sport for All Insight

This fund of currently closed

Grants between £300 - £10,000 are available.

It's specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by us, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing?costs?around?maintenance and?utility?bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

Please visit their website for further 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.

Grants up to £1,500 are available.

They are opening the fund to constituted groups who are providing, but not limited to the following services:

  • Food banks or social eating projects
  • Delivery of emergency food/medicine parcels to those isolated due to the virus
  • Street Pastors or those engaging in outreach activities
  • Befriending services supporting the elderly or vulnerable through isolation.

For more details, visit their website.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available

CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19.

Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year. This includes:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity and others)
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.

You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.

You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community.

For more details visit their website.

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:

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.

Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly.

If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups.

The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Take a look at their website for more details.

Jenna Small from Groundworks is available to help with application advice on

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

Visit their website for more details.

Facebook is offering $100m in cash grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 small businesses that are facing disruptions due to the virus.

Take a look at their website for more details.


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