Sport England’s Flood Relief Fund will invest £5 million of National Lottery funding into sports facilities that have been damaged as a result of the floods and storms. This dedicated fund will help safeguard community sport and get sports facilities back up and running as quickly as possible.
The biggest impact of the bad weather has been on sports such as football, rugby and cricket because of flooded pitches, and water sports where many clubs are on riverbanks or in coastal areas. To help us to assess the full extent of the damage we have consulted with the worst affected areas and continue to gather intelligence from sports clubs, charities and similar organisations that have told us about the impact on their facility.
The Flood Relief Open Fund (FRF) is for those facilities with extensive damage which will take longer and are more costly to repair. Typically grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available; however, Sport England reserves the right to award a higher amount in extreme cases.
The fund will remain open until the autumn to ensure that those who are currently unable to assess the extent of the damage will not lose out. The new £5 million lottery fund has been created specifically to help with the damage caused by the exceptional weather since 1 December 2013, and is in addition to Sport England’s other grant programmes which will continue to operate as normal.
Sport England offered clubs the opportunity to access Emergency funds of up to £2,000 for a 16 week period. This element of the programme has now closed to new registrations of interest. If you have received Emergency Funding this does not preclude you from applying to the Flood Relief Open Fund for further support.