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Sport England - Return to Play Fund for Flood Damaged Facilities

Wed 17 Feb 2021

Emergency flood relief funding is available for community sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations to help them restore flood-damaged sport and physical activity facilities in the areas worst affected by the recent flooding caused by Storm Christoph.

There are two levels of funding:

Grants of up to £10,000

Grants for £10,001 or more.

Sport England is providing special funding for local authorities, leisure operators and other not-for-profit organisations needing funding to repair flood damage facilities.

Organisations from the areas worst affected by recent flooding caused by Storm Christoph are now eligible to apply to Sport England Return to Play Fund, which has been bolstered by the addition of a targeted flood relief option.

While the effects of the recent flooding are still being assessed, Sport England wants to ensure sport and physical activity facilities aren’t forgotten and are ready to open when lockdown restrictions are eased.

At present, the list of worst affected areas comprises of:





Greater Manchester







Applications from other areas may be considered but this will be done on a case-by-case basis.

Applications will be accepted from organisations that are a:

  • Public body such as a local authority, parish or town council, or education establishment (match funding is required)
  • Not-for-profit voluntary group or sports organisation
  • Not-for-profit community club or organisation
  • Registered charity
  • Not-for-profit company
  • Community interest company or other social enterprise
  • A leisure operator operating a single site.

Eligible Expenditure

The grants can be used to restore grass and artificial pitches, to repair and decontaminate flooded clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or to clear blocked drains.

Other expenditures could include the hire of skips, pressure hoses or dehumidifiers – but only for use when safe to do so.

Football projects offered as part of a multi-sport site are eligible to apply.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Loss of income or bar stock
  • Routine maintenance and repairs resulting from wear and tear
  • Football-only projects

Application Procedure

The application method will depend on the level of funding being requested:

Applications for grants of up to £10,000 should use the Sport England Small Grants application portal.

Applications for grants for £10,001 or more should use the Sport England Community Asset Fund application portal.

Sport England aims to give a decision within three weeks.

Contact Sport England for further information.

Contact details:

EnquiriesSport England

21 Bloomsbury Street



Telephone: 0345 8508 508

Email: funding@sportengland.org