Funding and grants for deliverers and clubs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge financial impact across society including the sport and activity sector. There are a number of fund and grants that have already been announced, with new opportunities frequently being released.

With so much information to sift through, we’re compiled a log of the funds and grants we think are most relevant to deliverers, clubs and physical activity organisations in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. Some can help with lost income, and some might help with new ideas of how you can evolve your business. We’ll aim to keep this information as up to date as possible, and will also be updating our funding search and sharing updates on our social media channels.

Click here to view our full funding search. 


Moving our Communities Fund – apply now!

The ‘Moving our Communities’ fund has launched in partnership with the Heart of Bucks and the MK Community Foundation. Funded by Sport England, Leap will co-invest with the Community Foundations in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to support people to be active in the communities hardest hit by coronavirus.  

Sport England are providing Leap with extra funding to support and distribute to community organisations who support the following priority groups to be active:  

  • Lower Socio-economic Groups 
  • BAME Communities
  • People with Disabilities 
  • People with Long Term Conditions  

Grants are available for Community Organisations in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to apply, please see criteria for a grant application below: 

Who can apply: 

  • Charities, community groups, social enterprises, community Interest companies or other not for profit organisations that support sport and physical activity opportunities for our priority audiences. 
  • Organisations must be based or delivering in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes 
  • Organisations must have a recognised constitution in place* 

*Organisations without a constitution may explore if/how another organisation could receive any funding on their behalf or Leap (or partners) can support them to write a constitution. 

How much can you apply for? 

Grants of £250 to £2000 are available with most grants being up to £1,000.  

Use of this funding 

The types of activity that might be funded could include: ​ 

  • ​Hardship through funding support​ 
  • Funding for community groups to find new ways of keeping our target audience active in this period​ 
  • Offering advice and training support​ 
  • Increasing resilience, capacity and capability of delivery bodies​ 


Click here to view the full criteria for the funding. 

In Bucks? Click here to apply online. 
Heart of Bucks are accepting applications through their ‘Bucks Coronavirus Stabilisation Fund’. Click here to apply online through Heart of Bucks. 

In Milton Keynes?
MK Community Foundations are accepting applications through their ‘biweekly emergency appeal process’ and  ‘business as usual’ monthly small grants rounds.
Click here to apply online through the MK Community Foundation.


Government Coronavirus Financial Support

A range of business support measures have been announced by the UK Government and made available to UK businesses and employees. Support includes business interruption loans, self-employment income support and deferral of self-assessment payments. Click here to view the Government Business Support page which includes details of the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

Sport England has launched a £35m Community Emergency Fund to help community sport and physical activity organisations which are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Grants of up to £10,000 could help to cover core costs such as rent, insurance, and core staffing costs, and are available to:

Please note, this fund is temporarily paused to new applications.



Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

Grants to support small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries.
Who for: Most businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and those receiving Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief will receive a grant.
What: Eligible Properties included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for business rate relief.
How much:

  • SBGF Eligible properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive a £10,000 grant
  • RHLGF Eligible properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and up to £51,000 will receive a £25,000 grant

When: Applications processed through Local Authorities. Ongoing application process, applications are being processed as they are received and payments are then being made within five working days.
DetailClick here for more information on the Small Business and Leisure Grant funds.


The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that all funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, the cash part of this funding will be accelerated where possible to ensure money gets to where it is needed quickly. In order to reach groups which are best placed to support their communities at this time, faster payments will be prioritised for existing grant holders and applicants based on:

  • Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
  • Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19

Click here to read the National Lottery Community Fund’s statement in full.

Crowdfunder UK – Pay it Forward Scheme

Crowdfunder UK is offering 100% free fundraising for your business during the coronavirus crisis. Their partners Enterprise Nation will also be providing access to free training and support for business with online sale, marketing and finance. Click here for fund out more from Crowdfunder UK. 

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Coronavirus Emergency Fund

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund is available for grants of up to £10,000 to small charities and social enterprises (up to £1m turnover) affected by the impact of COVID-19.

You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and CAF will aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.  Priority will be given to:

  • Charities, and other organisations, whose established charitable activities are at risk of being severely reduced to the detriment of vulnerable groups
  • Organisations that are having to deliver core services in fundamentally different or unusual ways in order to respond to the crisis and still reach their beneficiaries
  • Organisations that are deeply embedded with communities and have established networks to deliver their charitable activities
  • Organisations experiencing current cash flow problems, rather than concerns that future income will be reduced.

For full details and to apply, click here.

National Emergencies Trust In Bucks

Heart of Bucks has launched its National Emergencies Trust offering grants of up to £5000 to support activities and projects which alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Buckinghamshire, and support those in our community who are most vulnerable.

Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations which work for the benefit of Buckinghamshire residents (excluding Milton Keynes) including town and parish councils. Projects must benefit one or more of these groups:

  • People aged over 70, or living in a care setting
  • People with a weakened immune system or long-term health condition
  • People with a mental health condition
  • People who are isolated and with limited support networks
  • People who are on a low or insecure income
  • Volunteers assisting with the relief efforts in Bucks (including local ‘hubs’
  • Destitute refugees and asylum seekers staying in Bucks

For full details and to apply, click here.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Appeal Fund

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in Milton Keynes to relieve hardship caused directly or indirectly by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.



Looking for more?

Leap funding search.
Click here to view the full Leap funding search.

Sport England.
Click here to view the Sport England website and its financial support package.

Community Impact Bucks
Click here to view the guidance for community groups and volunteers. 
Click here to view the Community Impact Bucks funding page. 

MK Community Foundation
Click here to view the Covid-19 update from the MK Community Foundation. 
Click here to view details of the Covid-19 MK Emergency Response Fund.

Councillor fund
Voluntary and community groups can apply to grants of up to £2000 from Buckinghamshire Council’s coronavirus Councillor fund.

The Clare Foundation
The Clare Foundation provides strategic guidance, support and funding information to Buckinghamshire charities. Charity leaders can have 1-2-1 pro bono guidance sessions. Their website provides detailed information and guidance to support charities during these times.

Heart of Bucks
Heart of Bucks is the community foundation for Buckinghamshire; a charitable funding organisation that awards grants and loans to local causes, charities and community groups. As one of the largest non-statutory funders in the county, together with its donors, Heart of Bucks has supported more than 3,500 community organisations since its first grant payment in 2000.

Action4Youth provide positive, often transformational experiences and activities which inspire children and young people. They are offering support to organisations and groups working with young people.

Rothschild Foundation
The Rothschild Foundation has contributed to a number of local initiatives responding to the needs of vulnerable Buckinghamshire residents during the coronavirus crisis. They have awarded direct grants to charities providing emergency food, supporting the homeless, and providing help and advice in the most deprived wards in the county. They have also added resource to programmes led by Heart of Bucks and Buckinghamshire Council. The Foundation will continue working with partners and charities to support our local community to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Further information about funding priorities will be published on their website in July.