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Coronavirus: Hardship Fund for sports clubs and sporting organisations

5 August 2020


Small grant scheme for the Northern Ireland sports sector

This scheme closed to applications on Wednesday 5 August 2020.

Sports clubs and sporting organisations from the voluntary and community sector, which are unable to receive support from other government coronavirus mitigation funds, can apply to Sport NI for a small grant of £2,000.

The grant will help sports clubs to deal with the financial impact of COVID-19.

Who is eligible?
Any organisation delivering sport and physical recreation can apply if experiencing short term financial hardship. These organisations include:

  • National Governing Body of Sport (based in NI)
  • constituted local sports clubs affiliated to a Governing Body of Sport recognised by Sport NI
  • community and voluntary sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical recreation
  • small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere (sports and activities must be recognised by Sport NI)

The fund is only open to new applicants. Organisations should not apply if they have:

What is covered?
The fund has been developed to help sport and physical recreation organisations meet their obligations, particularly fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • rent/lease
  • utility costs
  • essential ground maintenance
  • insurances

Each successful applicant will receive £2,000 for costs incurred from 1 April 2020.

How to apply
Find more information on the Hardship Fund and apply online on the Sport NI website.

The fund will close for completed applications at 12pm on Wednesday 5 August 2020.

The Sports Hardship Fund initially opened on 14 April and has provided support totalling over £1.2m to help over 600 sports clubs maintain facilities during the lockdown.


First published 15 April 2020