Coronavirus Update - For the Sector

We're living in unprecedented times and in rapidly changing circumstances. We know all of our partners and colleagues are working hard over this period to adapt and that there are increasing worries about livelihoods and peoples futures. 

With advice changing so frequently, it is difficult to answer many questions, there are still very many unknowns, here we set out some links to the latest guidance:

Sport England: have announced that they have two key priorities during this period of uncertainty: supporting the sector, and encouraging people to stay active. On their website you will find information about funding flexibilities and other funding support. They have a dedicated email address where you can contact them about impact of coronavirus on your organisation and the type of help you think would be beneficial now and in the future. Find out more

Sport England Funding: Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Find out more.

The package is made up of the following: 

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment 
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England. 

If you need support in applying for this funding, please fill in the form below.

Funding: If you have funding in place already and are worried about this, please get in touch with your funders direct. A number of funders have already expressed they are happy to be flexible, but you must make contact with them. If you are looking for funding, please see our funding page which we will update with any new funds. Please also sign up to our funding newsletter here

Club Matters: has been populated with a number of new resources, case studies and guidance re coronavirus, with more being developed soon.  All resources are designed to provide some helpful advice for clubs and delivery organisations. Topics include the financial support available from the Government, securing your facilities during short term closure, business continuity planning, running your organisation virtually and ideas to help keep members engaged from home. Information is available in a variety of formats, from webpages to downloadable resources and guidance notes.

They are also really keen to showcase the great way that clubs and organisations have been engaging members and volunteers as well as supporting their community. So please get in touch if you'd like to be included. They will also be adapting Club Matters workshops to go virtual! 

CIMSPA Workforce SurveyCIMSPA have launched a survey to understand the impact of Coronavirus on the Sport and Physical Activity workforce. If you have clubs that employ coaches or self-employed individuals then please do share with them to get their voices heard: Covid-19 Workforce Impact Survey - CIMSPA

Charities Commission: If you are set up as a Charity, please refer to the latest advice from the Charities Commission. This includes information for Trustees, information about the use of reserves and more.

Government Business Support: The Government have announced a number of measures to support businesses, you will find the latest here.

Cumbria County Council: Find the latest information about Covid-19 in the county here.

Cumbria CVS: The wider third sector in Cumbria is being supported by Cumbria CVS, see information here

Action for Communities Cumbria: Support for communities and community building is available through Action for COmmunities Cumbria, see information here.

Your Governing Body: We would advise sports clubs to check their national governing body of sport website for additional sport specific information.

Sport & Recreation Alliance: The Sport & Rec Alliance have outlined how some of the Governments measures can support the sport and recreation sector at this difficult time.

About UsAs a result of the COVID-19 virus, the Active Cumbria Team will be working in a different way for the foreseeable future. We will be working from home, minimising our non-essential traveling, and will be looking to use virtual meetings wherever possible. This is very much in line with the procedures of our host agency, Cumbria County Council.

Unfortunately we have taken the decision to postpone the delivery of many of our services during this time, including Cumbria School Games, Walking for Health, Activate, Satellite Clubs, and our courses programme.

All of our Team can be contacted either via email or mobile phone, and the details can be found here


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