Introduction Video


The Sports Sustainability Fund closed for applications at 4pm on 20 January 2021.

Sport NI wishes to thank all governing bodies of sport and their affiliated clubs and entities for their interest in the programme.  Sport NI will begin an eligibility and verification process on the applications received which will take up to 4 weeks to complete.  Sport NI hopes to issue awards to successful applicants by the end of February 2021.

Should you require any clarification regarding your application please contact



The purpose of this Sports Sustainability Fund is to help address the economic consequences of the COVID 19 health pandemic effecting the sports sector. It will provide the financial interventions needed to stabilise and sustain sports core governing bodies of sport; enabling them to withstand the worst impacts of Covid19, specifically it will:

  • Minimise the financial stress on the sports sector due to lost income as a result of COVID-19 lockdown and ongoing restrictions so as to sustain the sector


What organisations are eligible to apply?

The Sports Sustainability Fund will only accept applications from a Recognised* governing body of sport.


Clubs should apply through their governing body.  Sport NI will not accept applications directly from clubs.

*Recognised by Sport NI – meaning that the governing body is named on the UK Recognition list, per the UK Recognition policy as implemented by the UK Sports Councils.  If you are not a Recognised governing body and have not submitted a pre-application for Recognition before the 4th December 2020, you will not be eligible to apply for this fund. For more information please visit here 


What is the application process?

Applications must be completed online through Sport NI’s Internet Grants Applications Manager (IGAM) portal (Live from 9am Friday 4 December 2020) Governing bodies must complete the excel spreadsheet providing all information regarding current and historic income and expenditure. Please click links below for governing body spreadsheet and guidance notes.

Governing body spreadsheet(Application Form – updated version 30/12/20)

Governing body spreadsheet (Application Form for All-Ireland/GB governing bodies only–                                                    updated version 30/12/20)

Revised Governing Body Guidance Notes 17.12.2020


Clubs and entities should apply for funding through their governing body by providing the excel spreadsheet providing all information regarding current and historic income and expenditure. Please click links below for clubs and entities spreadsheet and guidance notes.

Clubs and entities spreadsheet (Application Form – updated version 30/12/20)

Clubs and entities guidance notes

Please note only governing bodies should be submitting applications for the Sports Sustainability Fund.


Closing Date

This fund will close for completed applications at 4pm, Wednesday 20th January 2021.

If you require any clarification regarding the information provided in these guidance notes or advice/guidance concerning the questions within the application you can contact

Please click here for a list of FAQ’s