Sport NI continues to work with the Department for Communities and other Government departments; to create a pathway for a return to sport in Northern Ireland.
The Sports Sustainability Fund will play a crucial role in supporting a range of sports to emerge from Covid 19. The Sport Sustainability Fund core principles of integrity, accountability, transparency, has been applied rigorously, fair and consistently to all applications. (78%) investment is going to sustain grassroots sports clubs at the heart of local communities, with the balance of funding (22%) enabling governing bodies of sport to continue to play a leadership role within their respective sport.
The funding will support sport in a range of ways:
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant financial hardship for the sports sector, the Sport Sustainability Fund Programme was launched to help mitigate against the net losses that the sector has suffered. The value of sport is never more important for us all as a society, as we tentatively emerge from COVID 19. The sports sector has played an invaluable role in supporting our communities through this pandemic, and this funding is critical to sustain and empower the survival of Governing Bodies and clubs to get us all back to sport. The Sports Sustainability Fund will therefore play a crucial role in supporting a range of sports to emerge from Covid 19.
Sports Sustainability Funding has been issued via letters of offer to date, providing the following headline data:
ASSESSMENT OF APPLICATIONS
Applications were subjected to a rigorous assessment of evidence financial need and the assessment methodology was applied consistently throughout, the application process was transparent, equitable, evidence based and specific to Covid 19 related losses. The Sport Sustainability Fund core principles of integrity, accountability, transparency, has been applied rigorously, fair and consistently to all applications. The Sports Sustainability Fund criteria were developed by Sport NI, and agreed with the Department for Communities through a co-design process.
The Sports Sustainability Fund was based on evidenced net losses of governing bodies of sport and their affiliated sports clubs/entities and did not take account of ‘reserves’ as this may have included non-cash assets that could not be readily monetised.