Coronavirus has hit the sport and physical activity sector hard and we know things have been tough, so we’ve modified our funding streams to help people safely return to play and are targeting the places they’ll have the biggest impact.

Each year we invest more than £250 million of National Lottery and public money to help people play sport and take part in physical activity.

We know that applying to one of our funds for the first time can seem a little daunting, but here we’ll guide you to the appropriate fund and explain exactly what you need to do.

In addition to our regular funding streams, which have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, we’ve opened a £16.5m Return to Play Fund.

There are three parts to this new fund – Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended – with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.

They’ll do this by supporting groups and organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people on lower incomes, those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the pandemic, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, and those experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began.

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