British Wrestling is aware that a number of clubs and gyms are suffering during the Coronavirus pandemic. There is a variety of support available from the Government to support individuals and businesses however we are aware that these initiatives are not always suitable for our clubs. As such we will continue to highlight other opportunities to access funding support during this period. This page will be updated as we become aware of new funds.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.
This is intended as a rapid response fund, and CAF aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.
You can find more details and the online application process here.
Sport England has today launched a new £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is open now for local club and community organisations to bid for grants between £300 and £10,000.
This aims to deliver immediate funding to those most in need and builds on the success of similar previous funds such as the Sport England Flood Relief Fund. This fund is specifically targeted at clubs and organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of COVID-19. Organisations can apply for grants between £300 and £10,000.
The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity. A specific example might be a grant to support a local boxing club pay costs for their facility when no activity is taking place or a grant to support a league who have paid for equipment to run a competition which has now been cancelled. Further details on eligibility and criteria can be found here
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched a fundraising appeal to support local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible. It will be administered by the British Red Cross, on behalf of the NET. Organisations can apply via their local community foundation. You can find your local Community Foundation here.
Find out more about the fund here.