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Be Active Wales Fund

The Be Active Wales Fund aims to protect and progress community sport clubs and organisations in Wales through the Covid-19 pandemic and into the future.

The fund has already helped many clubs and organisations across Wales face the challenges caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. It will continue to provide funding to help clubs tackle these challenges, and to ensure sustainability for years to come. 

The £4 million fund has been made possible through money Sport Wales receives from Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

 

Grants

There are two types of grant available, all designed to address different challenges faced by clubs and organisations. 

If you are applying for the fund, it’s important that you choose the correct grant and make your application relevant to that grant. 

1. PROTECT 

To help protect clubs and community organisations or groups that are at immediate financial risk as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This grant is intended to help organisations that are unable to meet their financial obligations because of Covid-19. For example, to cover fixed costs (e.g. rent and utility) that are no longer supported with revenue. 

Protect grants of £300-£5,000 are available for emergency support

2. PROGRESS

To help progress sport and activity to the next step and support long-term sustainability.

This grant is intended to help clubs and community organisations:

  • Tackle inequality
  • Create long-term solutions to be more sustainable
  • Take innovative approaches

The Progress grant can also fund items that are essential for a return to play. 

Grants of £300 - £50,000* are available. 

* You will need to make a contribution of 10% for grants over £10k or 20% over £25k.

BEFORE APPLYING – WHAT YOU SHOULD DO 

To make your application strong and increase your chance of success, it’s important that you fully understand what each grant is about and what the criteria is. 

Applications are more likely to be successful when they: 

  • Choose the relevant grant for the club’s needs. Many of the applications which we have to reject are due to the wrong grant being selected.
  • Articulate how the items which the club wish to fund meet the aims and criteria of the grant.

We recommend that you take the following steps before applying:  

  1. Read all the relevant webpages, including this page and the pages for each grant listed below.
  2. Read through the Help Centre FAQs and ask any additional questions you might have.
  3. Consider how support organisations could help you in the application process.

Sources of support 

THE HELP CENTRE 

You can click the ‘Help’ button on the bottom of the webpage at any time to search for an answer or contact us. We also recommend that you read the sections in the Help Centre before starting your application. 

CLUB SOLUTIONS

Club Solutions is our resource to support volunteers and clubs in Wales. It contains advice to help clubs run effectively and grow, which could be useful in your application. Club Solutions is also referenced through the application form.

If you are approved a grant of more than £5,000 you will need to complete a Club Solutions club assessment (within the last year) in order for the funds to be released to you.

SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS

There are various support organisations that can provide support to you, including Local Authorities and National Governing Bodies. We strongly recommend seeking guidance from your governing body or local authority’s sport development department when making your application.

HOW TO CONTACT US 

Please be aware that we are unable to answer Progress Grant queries by phone, due to capacity and remote working.

To contact us, you should use either The Help Centre or email your query beactive@sport.wales.

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