In March 2020 we committed a financial package of up to £195 million of government and National Lottery funding, to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing crisis.
In May this was boosted by a further £15m, which was added to the Community Emergency Fund, bringing the total pot to £210m.
And in October we added the Return to Play Fund, totalling £16.5m - £10.5m of which is new funding, with £6m being repurposed from the initial £210m pot - and consisting of three separate funding strands.
The financial package as a whole included up to £35m for a Community Emergency Fund, £115m of funding rollover for partners, the £16.5m Return to Play Fund and £55m for key programmes and to promote innovation.
Then in January 2021, alongside our new Uniting the Movement strategy, we also announced a further £50m of funding to help the sector recover and reinvent - this has yet to be allocated but the details of each of the other separate funds making up the £270.5m total can be found below.
Join the Movement
Since March 2020, we’ve also invested £3m of National Lottery funding into our Join the Movement campaign designed to show what activity is possible during lockdown and promote its benefits.
This included a successful social media campaign, backed by many famous sport stars and celebrities, during the first period of national lockdown in the spring.
Since then, the campaign has returned in November during the second period of national restrictions and has again been backed by sports stars including Sally Gunnell and Sir Geoff Hurst, as well as television presenters Anthea Turner and Kirsty Gallacher.
This extra support brings the total funding allocated by us towards supporting community and grassroots sport and activity, since March 2020, to almost £275m.
We’re also assessing how to maximise the impact of additional funding, so that it supports those that need it most.
To do this, we're continuing to work with sports to determine immediate emergency needs, as well as evaluating where our funding has gone so far, what it’s achieved and what we’ve learned.