There are a number of opportunities for clubs and centres as we head into the new season with grants and match funding available to support both facilities and activities. These include:
- The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund which aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities, with awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding, prioritising projects working with people in disadvantaged communities.
- Return to Play: Active Together offering a crowdfunding opportunity that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a total pot of £7.5m, with expert advice to support clubs and organisations to run their own crowdfunding campaigns related to Covid-19 recovery, such as for a loss of income due to the pandemic. Lots of interesting case studies on the Sport England website including this one from London Corinthian SC.
- Places and Spaces Fund as part of a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games package to help community sport and physical activity groups in the West Midlands - a £3.5 million pot with up to £10,000 available in match funding for crowdfunded projects.
RYA Regional Development Officer Manager Gareth Brookes said: “If your club or centre is looking for funding please do consider applying for a grant, or take a look at the match funding opportunities available, and remember that when it comes to putting together an application, if you would like any help or guidance, you are very welcome to get in touch with your RYA Region or Home Country teams for support.”
The Together Fund
The Together Fund is a continuation of the Tackling Inequalities fund that was set up by Sport England to help the sport and physical activity sector through the pandemic. The RYA has been awarded a further £195,000 of National Lottery money to help clubs, centres and other partners in England work with the following audiences:
- Lower socio-economic groups
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities
- Disabled People
- People with long term health conditions
Investment runs to March 2023 and is intended to help further growth and recovery of sailing organisations working with local communities to find new ways to support people to be active.
Funding is only for non-profit organisations in England, either:
- a club or centre part of the OnBoard or Sailability programmes
- not for profit training centres and affiliated organisations that are already working directly with one of the priority audiences
- a trusted community organisation working directly with a priority audience, intending to use boating as part of supporting people to be active
Applications open at the beginning of April. Find more information about the funding and if you are eligible