Frequently asked questions
How was the independent board selected?
The board was appointed by the Secretary of State for DCMS, and includes representation from organisations including Sport England, UK Sport and DCMS, as well as four independent members selected for their skills, expertise and enthusiasm for the sport sector.
How is it determined if an organisation should receive loan or grant funding?
All organisations applying to the programme are assessed on a case by case basis - therefore, the funding offer will be specific to the applicant.Read more
An application assessment will determine the financial product offered.
This includes considering structural eligibility, financial need and resilience, as well as a prioritisation and balancing criteria.
In most cases the SWSP will offer loan funding - grant funding is offered by exception.
What support is there for clubs and organisations outside of England who are part of English competition structures and reliant on spectator income?
Organisations based outside of England, but operating within English competition structures, are eligible for funding from their respective home country government. Funding for the SWSP is devolved.
Why is there such a variation in the provisional allocation of funding earmarked for each eligible sport?
Each sport, like different businesses across the country, has a different business model.Read more
All sports were subject to a consistent knowledge-gathering exercise which underpinned the allocation.
The allocations reflect the impact of coronavirus on the eligible organisations and the amounts they need to survive - they're not measures of a sport's relative importance.
All organisations invited to the scheme will be assessed for strategic need, meaning the funding allocation across sports may vary.
Are women's teams affiliated to men's teams with significant financial reserves still eligible for support?
All organisations invited to apply will be subject to a consistent assessment and decision-making process. This includes understanding information about the applying organisation, as well as their financial situation.Read more
All organisations applying to the SWSP will need to demonstrate financial need.
Are there plans for a summer equivalent of the SWSP?
The original parameters of the SWSP were based on the removal of spectator restrictions from 1 April 2021.Read more
We understand that the government is constantly responding to the impact of coronavirus and will continue to make decisions in the best interests of the country.
The SWSP independent board is working with DCMS and us to understand the impact of any further delays to spectator admission - continuing the dialogue with affected sports over the coming weeks.
What are the terms for an SWSP loan?
The SWSP operates a standard repayable loan facility on a 10-year term with a two-year holiday and repayments over eight years at an interest rate of 2%.Read more
The programme can offer terms up to 20 years, including a four-year repayment holiday, as required.
Will the SWSP support sports that mothball, or do they have to be competing?
The SWSP will provide funding to eligible organisations that need support to survive. The package will adapt to the differing circumstances across sport, funding organisations that choose to mothball or those that are able to compete.