As part of the UKCF network we’re pleased to have teamed up with Made By Sport to offer local sports clubs and organisations the opportunity to apply for a grant which can help support young people as they start to recover from the effects of the latest lockdown.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on young people across the UK, and thanks to Made By Sport, we will soon be able to offer a chance for sports clubs and organisations to access vital funding which can help them to continue bringing sport into young people’s lives.
Made By Sport is a charity which raises awareness of the power of sport and funding for organisations that use sport to support young people across the UK. The ‘Clubs In Crisis’ fund is part of a wider campaign that believes sport is the best vehicle for creating societal change for young people across a myriad of challenges they face in the modern world.
Rosemary Macdonald, CEO of UKCF, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Made By Sport to distribute much needed funds to community sports groups and clubs across the country. Our network enables us to reach every area of the UK, supporting organisations that make a real difference in their local area.
“This initiative will provide thousands of young people with opportunities to develop their skills and confidence after all the challenges and disruption they have experienced over the past year. We hope this marks the start of a mutually beneficial partnership with Made By Sport which will have a lasting positive impact on young people in communities throughout the UK.”
Sophie Mason, CEO of Made By Sport, said:
“Whilst community sport provision is in a precarious state right now, there has never been more recognition that sport is fundamental to our individual, community and societal development.
“If sport at its most grassroots level is denied, we risk a huge rise in mental health issues, anti-social behaviour and lack of life skills that lead to better employment opportunities. This fund will make a massive difference to thousands of communities all across the UK. We are delighted to be working with UK Community Foundations to make sure this support reaches the clubs that really need it.”
We’ll be administering the fund on behalf of Made By Sport and awarding unrestricted of grants of £2,021 to clubs who match the criteria. The fund is looking for applications from clubs and community organisations using sport to improve young people’s lives through one or more of the following means:
- Developing life skills
- Building strong communities
- Improving mental health
- Developing employability skills
- Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
The fund will open for applications on Monday 12th April and full eligibility criteria will be published soon, but key to the fund is that it supports clubs and organisations intentionally using community sport provision to deliver wider social outcomes, not those which focus on developing and widening opportunities to participate.
Note to applicants: Made By Sport is offering the opportunity thanks to support from the Cash4Clubs scheme. The Cash4Clubs scheme is funded by Flutter Entertainment Ltd. The donation being made by Flutter is the amount it benefitted from as a result of business rates relief, which was put in place from March 2020 to March 2021 for its shops in England. All applicants should consider this before applying for funding.