Emergency Grant Funding For Sports Clubs & Community Groups


The Government is unlocking £150 million from dormant accounts for coronavirus response for charities and social enterprises across the country.



I am pleased to be able to share more information about Anglian Water's £1 million Positive Difference Fund, following my email in April. Over £50,000 has been fast-tracked to support organisations responding to Covid-19 and we are working with 15 local Community Foundations to help allocate the remaining funds to where they are most needed. Eligible organisations will be able to apply to their local Community Foundation for grants of up to £5,000, further information can be found on the UK Community Foundations Website.

 The money will help local charitable organisations deal with issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus. Organisations like food banks, outreach programmes and those helping the most vulnerable can ask for support from the Positive Difference Fund via the Community Foundations to help those shielding or suffering from financial hardship, homelessness, loneliness and isolation.

 Anglian Water we are committed to working with our communities and customers to support those who are most in need. In addition to the Positive Difference Fund we also offer support to our customers through Extra Care Support, a service which helps customers to manage payments and debt through a range of tariffs and payment arrangements as well as the Priority Services Register, which provides tailored support and special assistance when it is most needed. 


Sport England today announced a £20 million emergency fund for local sports clubs and community sports organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the impact of Covid- 19. Clubs, leagues and community organisations can apply for a grant up to £10,000 who are not currently in receipt of Sport England funding. This will be a lifeline for a number of Essex sports clubs, leagues, and community sport organisations who need emergency money to cover costs such as rent, utility costs, insurance, staffing, and facility/equipment hire. The grant can cover the period from 1 st March to 31st July. Priority will be given to clubs, leagues and organisations that serve disadvantaged areas and Sport England priority target groups. Grants will only be provided as a last option after other government sources and funding programmes have been ruled out. Applications must only be made if there is a funding emergency. Applications must be made online, and Sport England will respond within 7 to 10 working days. You can access information and the application form here. If you have any queries, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

Other key sources of grants in Essex are: • Essex Community Foundation; The Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme is to get help quickly to voluntary and community organisations that are in crisis as a result of the pandemic and need emergency funding to keep their vital services running. Initially grants of up to £15,000 will be available. See more information here. • The CAF (Charity's Aid Foundation) has launched this rapid national response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. See more information for the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund here.

Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500. See the national Magic Little Grants Scheme here:



Sanctuary Housing Maureen's Gift Initiative 

The Rochford community has really pulled together and there is a lot of great work being done; Sanctuary Housing would like to support this effort, more information is available here:https://www.sanctuary-housing.co.uk/news/vital-funding-available-for-rochford-community-groups 


Arts Council Funding 

Arts Council England, which awards funding from National Lottery for cultural projects, is offering £160m of new financial support to help individuals and organisations in the arts respond to the financial impact of Covid-19. This includes the following, which may be relevant for local creative/arts organisations, businesses and freelancers in Rochford District:

  • £20m of funding for individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers, with grants available of up to £2,500. Eligibility comprises creative practitioners whose main work is focused on: music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, museums and libraries. This work includes, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, editors, freelance educators, composers, directors, designers, artists, craft makers and curators.
  • £50m of funding for smaller organisations not in the Arts Council's National Portfolio, with applicants being able to apply for up to £35,000 to help cover operational costs (e.g. rent, staff costs and overheads). This scheme is for organisations with a track record of delivering publicly-funded work, and those who have applied to National Lottery Project Grants are welcome to apply for this support. 

Round 2 of funding for these schemes opens on 16th April, and applicants are urged to register on the application portal, Grantium, by 27th April, ahead of the deadline of 30th April. For further information, please follow the link below:



RDC Voluntary Sector Grant Scheme

Aims to support local voluntary and community organisations that deliver services and/or projects in the Rochford District. Due to the impact of COVID 19 on community organisations they have seen a lower than normal amount of applications this year and so we have extended the application deadline until Friday 15th May. Details can be found here:https://www.rochford.gov.uk/voluntary-sector-grants-202021-guidance-notes 


National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund


Applicants must be:

  • a not-for-profit organisation, and
  • a current or previous recipient of a grant directly from NLHF, and
  • an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or have an evidenced track record in delivering participatory heritage activity

Applications open from 15 April to 30 June 2020.


Charity Excellence COVID19 charity funder list -250+ funders and sustainability toolkits, to support charity and community groups.  

Charity Excellence website - https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk/

The COVID19 funder list includes 300+ funders for both community groups and individuals.  It and the 4 charity recovery toolkits can be downloaded from theCharity Excellence Framework website

The free COVID19 Funder database will launch Monday, 20 April.  It will have far more funders and be searchable using a range of criteria.  


Updated 23/06/2020 

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