Funding Announcements

COVID-19 Funding Support

Tackling Inequalities Fund

The Tackling Inequalities Fund was created by Sport England to try and help reduce the negative impact of coronavirus on activity levels in under-represented groups, with a specific focus on:

  • Lower socio-economic groups
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  • Disabled people
  • People with long-term health conditions.

This is a targeted fund that's been designed to deal with the ‘here and now’ issues caused as a result of coronavirus and aims to support community organisations working with priority audiences to continue to exist and engage with their communities, with a view to keeping them active during both the lockdown and early recovery stages.

Now in phase 3, Active Humber have received £88,000 from Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund to distribute to local organisations working within the target communities.

What is the intended impact of this fund?

  • To minimise the impact of COVID-19 on activity levels in under-represented groups, ensuring that the physical activity participation inequality gap does not widen during this period in targeted communities.
  • Enable community groups working with target audiences to continue to exist and retain the resources and capability to recover at the appropriate time.
  • Provide funding for community groups working with Sport England target audiences to remain connected with their participants and keeping them active in the COVID-19 lockdown and early recovery stages.
  • Strengthen relationships between system partners and community bodies working with under-represented groups.

Use of Funding

Types of activity that might be funded could include:

  • Hardship through funding support.
  • Funding for community groups to find new ways of keeping their target audience active in this period.
  • Offering advice and training support
  • Increasing resilience, capacity, and capability of delivery bodies

Projects must be delivered by March 31st 2022.

Please contact Active Humber at info@activehumber.co.uk if you want to know more details about this fund.


Return to Play: Small Grants

£300 - £10,000

For clubs and organisations to help respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a Covid-19 safe environment. Developed to help community sport to overcome challenges of returning to play, such as delivering to smaller groups or having the correct hygiene and safety equipment.

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Return to Play: Community Asset Fund

£10,001 - £20,000

Monies to support sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces to be able to welcome the community safely. For example converting and existing space to meet social distancing requirements. 

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Return to Play: Active Together

A Crowd Funding initiative providing support, guidance and training to help clubs and organisations create successful campaigns. Up to £10,000 of match funding is available.

Find out more

Local clubs Hull Ionians smashed their Crowdfunding campaign. You can find out how here

Sport England are delivering free webinars on the Crowdfunding initiative. To find out more about when they are running and to book a place please visit here

Other useful links for COVID 19 funding opportunities 


If you are looking for grant funding for you organisation you can find up to date information and resources through the following links;

Hey Smile Foundation run the Beecan Funding Platform. It is free to access and provides useful templates and advice on applying for funding as well as a search function to find different funding grants. Find out more

Grants on-line is a comprehensive and up-to-date grant funding information service. Find out more

Sector Support have compiled some useful guidance on paying for bid writers. Find out more

If you are looking for funding, the following websites offer free, unrestricted access to comprehensive databases of funding opportunities:

Hull 4 Funding

Lincolnshire Funding Portal

East Riding 4 Community