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Sports Hardship Fund

Sport NI, in partnership with the Department for Communities, initially opened the Sports Hardship Fund on the 14th April to deliver immediate funding to help sports clubs and other organisations delivering sporting activities who are experiencing financial hardship.

A summary of the Sports Hardship Fund is available below. Clubs and organisations covering a wide variety of sports and activities have been recognised by Sport NI and received assistance.

To see a full list of clubs and organisations who have received awards, please click here

SHF August 2020

A copy of this dashboard can be downloaded here

Who we can support

Any organisation delivering sport and physical recreation can apply to our fund if experiencing short term financial hardship.

These organisations include:

  • Governing Body of Sport (with an office base in NI)
  • Constituted local sports clubs affiliated to a Governing Body of Sport recognised by Sport NI
  • Community & Voluntary sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical recreation as their primary activity. Sports and Activities must be recognised by Sport NI.
  • Registered NI charities that deliver or enable sport and/or physical recreation as their primary activity. Sports and Activities must be recognised by Sport NI.

What we’ll fund

The fund has been developed to help sport and physical recreation organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

  • Rent/Lease
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Utilities
  • Water Rates
  • Essential grounds/facility maintenance (to maintain a state of readiness)
  • Some Insurance (essential building/contents insurance, public liability, pro-rata)

How much we’ll fund

Each successful applicant will receive £2,000 for costs incurred from 1st April 2020.

The Sports Hardship Fund is not currently open for new applications, but will update as we progress.

 

Help and Advice

If you need help or if you have any questions please contact:

Email: sportshardshipfund@sportni.net