Made by Sport’s #Clubs in Crisis Fund

Description: This programme supports sports clubs or organisations working with young people between 5 - 25 within the sport for development sector that have been adversely affected by Covid-19. Applicants must be actively working to improve social outcomes.

Type: Core costs & project costs

Status: Open

Maximum: Grants of up to £2,021

Opening: 12/04/2021

Deadline: 14/05/2021

Notes: Please note this programme may close earlier if enough applications have been received. Applications will be reviewed at panel early June 2021, dates to be confirmed.

Delivering better futures with Made By Sport – ‘Clubs In Crisis’ fund launches


The Made by Sport #ClubsIn Crisis Fund is awarding grants of up to £2,021 to sports clubs or organisations working with young people between 5 – 25 within the sport for development sector (this includes any physical activity) which can demonstrate that:

  • the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially
  • they require funding to save, resume or adapt their activity

Sports clubs and organisations must be actively working towards one or more of the following social outcomes rather than only focussing on developing and widening opportunities to participate:

  • Developing life skills
  • Improving mental health
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Developing employability skills
  • Building stronger communities

Which organisations are eligible for funding?

Alongside the criteria above, you can apply for a grant if you are a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • social enterprise or Community Interest Company (please see additional guidance for CICs by clicking here).
  • other not for profit organisation


  • your organisation or the project funded through this grant focuses on young people aged 5-25 with at least 90% of the individuals who will benefit from the grant being from that age group.

Who isn’t eligible for funding:

  • Community sports clubs and organisations which only focus on developing and widening opportunities to participate
  • organisations outside the UK
  • individuals
  • sole traders or private companies
  • government linked bodies
  • organisations with an expenditure of over £75,000

Your organisation must have:

  • an active management committee of at least three people who are not related to each other
  • a bank account with two signatories who are unrelated to each other
  • a constitution
  • an Equal Opportunities Statement
  • a Child Protection Policy or Vulnerable People Policy (over 18 years) and procedures if you are working with children or vulnerable adults

What can the grant be spent on?

The grants of up to £2,021 are unrestricted so can be spent on core costs as well as programme or capital costs including:

  • Direct project costs including equipment and kit
  • Staff costs related to the project including appropriately apportioned management time
  • Appropriately apportioned core costs
  • External monitoring and evaluation of projects
  • Transport
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Small capital expenditure items (such as changing facilities, resurfacing a play area or IT equipment), where a sustainable plan is in place for ongoing upkeep and maintenance

Grants can also be used towards match funding or leverage for a larger programme.

In normal circumstances Made by Sport funding would not be able to be used for either debt repayment or for costs incurred before the funding was agreed. However, applications of this nature will be considered on this occasion if they meet the aims of this fund.

Please note priority for funding will be based on annual expenditure:

  • Priority 1 – Up to £25,000
  • Priority 2 – Up to £50,000
  • Priority 3 – Up to £75,000

Guidelines and FAQs: Download frequently asked questions

Apply here: Made by Sport application form

Note to applicants: Made By Sport is offering the opportunity thanks to support from the Cash4Clubs scheme. The Cash4Clubs scheme is funded by Flutter Entertainment Ltd. The donation being made by Flutter is the amount it benefitted from as a result of business rates relief, which was put in place from March 2020 to March 2021 for its shops in England. All applicants should consider this before applying for funding.