Storm-damaged sports facilities are being offered emergency financial help in order to get them back up and running. Sport England has set up a special Storm Relief Fund, which will offer grants of up to £15,000 to facility owners and operators.
The funding will be available to sportall organisations and clubs with facilities – including clubhouses, courts and pitches – that have been affected by the recent storms. The money can be used to repair storm-damaged buildings and roofs, grass and artificial pitches, decontaminate flooded clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or clear blocked drains.
The funding will also be available for facility owners to hire skips to clear after the storm and to acquire pressure hoses or tarpaulins in order to secure exposed buildings (for use only when safe to do so). The Storm Relief Fund won’t be able to fund, however, the loss of income or the routine maintenance and repairs resulting from everyday wear and tear.
Organisations which can apply for the funding are those responsible for a facility and are:
• a not-for-profit voluntary group or sports organisation
• a not-for-profit community club or organisation
• a registered charity
• a not-for-profit company
• a community interest company (CIC) or other social enterprise
• a leisure operator, operating a single site
• a public body, such as a local authority, parish or town council, education establishment
For more information, see the Sport England website: https://www.sportengland.org/news/emergency-funding-available-storm-damaged-facilities