Who is the fund for?
Welsh Government and Sport Wales have announced that they are making £400,000 immediately available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. The funding will be targeted at clubs who are already facing significant challenges after a difficult few weeks and who are likely to need immediate financial support over the next 12 weeks if they are to remain an important part of their communities in the future.
How much money is available?
An initial Emergency Relief Fund of £400,000 has been made available. Each eligible Club will be able to apply for a maximum of £5,000.
When will the fund be available:
Sport Wales will be administering the Emergency Relief Fund. We are working through the details with Welsh Government at the moment and are currently setting up an application form and guidance on www.sport.wales to make the process as easy as possible for those needing support. Further information will be available on Sport Wales channels in the coming days, and we’ll communicate with our partners in the sport sector, as well as clubs, as soon as possible.
How do I apply?
How soon will I be able to get funding?
We know it’s a challenging time and our priority is to get the money to those who need it most as quickly as possible and we’re talking weeks rather than months as we recognise people urgently need support.
How can I find out if I’m eligible?
You will be eligible if you are a voluntary sports club with the following criteria
-The main purposes of the club are to provide facilities for and to promote participation in the amateur sport(s) in Wales
-Membership of the club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application, regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs, except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of the sport.
-All surplus income or profits are to be reinvested in the club. No surpluses or assets will be distributed to members or third parties.
-Upon dissolution of the club any remaining assets shall be given or transferred to another registered sports club, a registered charity or the sport’s governing body for use by them in related community sports.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if you do not meet the above criteria but your club / organisation delivers sport and recreation opportunities to the community and you need help, please contact us so we can consider how we may be able to help.
Details of the application process will be released shortly.
What help can you give me if I’m not eligible for this fund?
We know many more of you will need help and support over the coming weeks and months. One of our key priorities is supporting the sector to ensure it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible.
We are still processing our usual grants and would encourage people to continue applying for funding. Further information is available here.
We are working on other support we can provide – such as adapting our existing grant programmes – to support clubs and activity. More details will be provided once we have worked through the detail.
For those partners in the sport sector (such as governing bodies) we currently fund, we will continue to provide funding including enabling earlier payments and greater flexibility in how grants can be spent to respond to the situation.
We are now looking at how we reprioritise our work to enable us to better support local sports and recreation clubs. We will provide further details shortly.
We are working closely with partners to gain a better understanding of how Coronavirus has impacted their organisation and will use that to help ensure Welsh Government is fully aware of the support the sector is going to need in the coming weeks and months.
What happens after this 12 week period or when the emergency fund runs out?
No one knows how long the current restrictions will last and the longer-term impact these will have on sport, but we are absolutely determined to support as many people and organisations as we can over the coming months. We are already considering how best to adapt our existing funding programmes to support our efforts to work with partners to remobilise community sport once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted and have committed an additional initial sum of £8.1 million from our budget to support sports clubs and our well established partner networks. We know how vital these organisations are in ensuring the nation is able to remain active and enjoy all the health and wellbeing benefits that sport brings. We will share our plans with you in the coming weeks.