£10,001 - £50,000
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The Return to Play: Community Asset Fund is for new applications focused solely on helping support clubs and community groups through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to return to play.

It's designed to provide capital funding, predominantly from the National Lottery, to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces so people within their community can return to play and physical activity, safely. The focus is on responding to the immediate challenges of sports and physical activity returning to play.

There are some important changes to how this funding will operate, compared to how our pre-coronavirus Community Asset Fund operated. These are:

  • Your project must be about addressing the challenges you're now facing because of coronavirus and linked to enabling people to return to play. Currently, we’ll not be funding general capital works such as improvements to clubhouses, courts, nets etc.

Highest priority

  • Projects located in areas of high deprivation, including rural areas (decile 1-3 of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation). To see which decile your project location fits into, you can use this postcode checker. Projects not delivering within IMD 1-3 should consider our crowdfunding initiative Return to Play: Active Together.

Other funding priorities

  • Organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, people on lower incomes, disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and people experiencing a greater burden of care because of coronavirus.
  • Organisations that don't have a significant level of reserve funding available to utilise.

Sports and activities

funding will support projects delivering recognised sport and physical activity – a full list of which can be found here.

The funder won't be able to fund football-only projects - please see our 'Who and what we'll fund' section for more details.