Sport Hardship Fund launched by Sport NI and Department for Communities

Sport NI in partnership with the Department for Communities have launched a £500,000 Hardship Fund for the sports sector. Sports clubs and sporting organisations from voluntary and community sector will be able to apply to Sport NI for a small grant of £2,000 to help with immediate financial commitments to maintain their facilities during the Covid-19 restrictions. It’s specifically targeted at sports clubs, and other organisations delivering sporting activities, who are experiencing immediate financial hardship.

The types of organisations eligible include Governing Bodies of Sport, local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around rent or lease costs, sports facility maintenance and utility bills; community and voluntary sector organisations and charities who deliver or enable sport and/or physical recreation.

What will they fund

The fund has been developed to help sport and physical recreation organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

• Rent/Lease

• Utility costs

• Essential ground maintenance

• Insurances

To apply and for further details please visit the Sport Northern Ireland website: